Sakura Fortune Basic Information:
Poke themes draw inspiration from every continent, even Antarctica. Yet there is no represented continent which inspires games of constant quality as much as Asia. Sakura Fortune is another attempt to bring Japanese culture and stylised art into the world of modern pokies. Is this a successful attempt, or is this more of a case of a company taking easy inspiration to poor effect? Read our review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at Quickspin. This team is one of the newer groups to enter the online gambling game, having been formed in May of 2011. Since then Quickspin have made great strides in the online gambling market, earning many awards from their creations. While they commonly use preexisting properties for their themes this is not always the case, as they all offer a great selection of their own unique creations. This game was released on the 3rd of April, 2017.
The Quickspin system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from Quickspin.
Sakura Fortune comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 5×4 formation
- The minimum coins bet are 0.20
- The maximum coins bet are 80.00
- Minimum coin size is static.
- Maximum coins size is static.
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.61%, which is towards the higher end of average.
Sakura Fortune is a game built around simplicity, and because of this the game has a notable lack of options. To access the main options screen the player needs only click on the small gear icon which is located to the lower left of the main game screen. This opens a small tab with the following three options:
When toggled this option simply turns on or mutes all game sound.
- Use SPACE for spin
This option simple adds the spacebar to possible ways to start the spinning of the reels.
- Show Splash Screen on startup
This option toggles whether or not the startup screen will appear the next time that a user enters the game.
Also on offer from The Epic Journey is the autoplay function. This is accessed by clicking the small double arrow icon on towards the lower right of the playbar. The tab then then appears gives the player to simply choose from a list of rounds to autoplay, and gives an additional option to enter the advanced autoplay section. In this new section the player is able to select from two limits to the autoplay. These are as follows:
- Loss limit
Here the player can select a limit to end the autoplay once a certain amount has been lost. This can be an entered number, 5xbet, 20xbet, 50xbet or no limit.
- Single Win Limit
Here the player can choose to end the autoplay if a single win exceeds a certain amount.This can be an entered number, 5xbet, 20xbet, 50xbet or no limit.
Sakura Fortune follows the journey of our heroine as she battles evil emperors on her way to untold riches. At least that is the story told by the game. While these is obviously real and direct inspiration in this game taken from Japanese culture, the story itself does not appear to be based off of any real part of Japanese history.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild scatter symbol in this game comes in the form of the above princess wild. This wild can only appear on reel 2,3 and 4 in both the base game and the free spins game. This symbol acts as both a wild and a scatter, and substitutes for all other symbols.
The bonus symbol in Sakura Fortune comes in the form of the above fan icon. This can appear in the base game only. When a minimum of three of these appear consecutively on a single spin the player will gain access to the free spins bonus game.
The Sakura Fortune Respin Feature is activated when the player gains 2 full princess wild stacks in a single spin. When this is achieved the player will be given respins equal to the amount of wilds that are on the reel in the round where these are triggered.
The free spins bonus game in Sakura Fortune is accessed when the player gains at least 3 scatter symbols in a single spin. During this game the princess scatter wild landing on the reels has an additional effect. When this lands it will expand to cover the full reel, also giving a bonus free spin. This wild will then remain locked in place on the reels for the duration of the free spins bonus game.
How to Play:
Basic play for Sakura Fortune is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Alternatively the player can click on the autoplay button toward the bottom right of the main game page in order to enter the autoplay section. When in this section the player can set an amount of spins to played out automatically. They can also set ending rules which can be used to stop these free spins. The free spins can also be stopped manually at any time while in progress.
Overall Design and Usability:
We here at CasinoPokies24 make no secret of our love for Asian art, especially when it is created by people as talented as the staff as Quickspin. As the title would lead you to expect, this game uses the sakura, or cherry blossom, to great effect. These red-pink flowers are set against a natural green in such a way that compliments, rather than clashes. This quality extends to the reels themselves, which abandon much of this aesthetic in favour of more diverse symbol sets. From the background to the gameplay area and animations, this is a game which is fantastically well designed. The only issue comes from the default playbar. The oranges and whites clash with the rest of the game, though those with experience in playing pokies online are probably mostly used to this by now. Still, this is disappointing.
When it comes to usability, Sakura Fortune performs well, though it could do with a few enhancements. The game itself appeared fully reliable during our tests, and we saw no problems at all when it came to the speed and response of the game. The only real issue here comes from the lack of graphical options. Sakura Fortune is a great looking game, and thus it might have problems running on older or less powerful hardware, where graphics options might have helped. Still, in a game like this we have to consider that this might have been on purpose, as lower graphical settings can compromise the looks of a game such as this, which is so focused on impressive visuals.
Where to find it:
Quickspin may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the Quickspin framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
A fantastic looking pokie, and one which is a lot of fun to play. Sakura Fortune is a game which we can happily recommend to any players who are fans of high quality or East Asian artwork. Not simply a pretty face, Sakura Fortune also comes with a solid, albeit simple, bonus structure. We can't say that this game will hold the attention of veteran players for long. We can say that if you are a new or intermediate player then you shouldn't miss out on Sakura Fortune. Quickspin really did a great job here.
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