Ask the all-knowing Wikipedia and you’ll find “Matsuri” is the Japanese word for a festival, usually linked to a local temple and featuring flamboyant processions, karaoke contests and sumo matches, along with a variety of other forms of entertainment which take place in the vicinity.
Participants also get to play games like goldfish scooping (also known as Kingyo-Sukui) and enjoy local foods such as ball-shaped Japanese snack called Takoyaki.
Join the festival organised by Play ‘n GO and you’ll experience all that and more in their beautifully designed Asian-themed Matsuri slot machine.
Launch the game to visit Japan on a lovely summer night filled with colours and sounds of crowds, fireworks, and traditional music.
The cost to enter festival grounds ranges from 0.25 to 100, but the more you invest, the bigger will be your prize. Once in, you’ll get to mix with lovely ladies, admire beautiful festival decorations, and check out Takoyaki and other traditional snacks.
The wild lantern is not only the highest-paying symbol, but it also subs for all others except for the Scatter. If you’d prefer to sit back and enjoy colourful festivities rather than keep pressing the spin button, make use of Autoplay function which will spin the reels between 20 and 500 times while offering several triggers to stop automatic spinning in advance.
Festival masks will reward you with 8 Free Spins, and each additional mask you manage to land, deliver 2 more – up to 20 in total. If a Wild lantern appears while you’re spinning for free, it will expand to cover the entire reel.
The best part is that the extended Wild banner sticks around while moving one reel to the left with each spin, and while the sight of a single one is already quite impressive, the ultimate treat is seeing them show up simultaneously on multiple reels. Use your free games well, and you might get paid as much as 3,000x your bet!
Unlike masks, goldfish are not that easy to catch; a game of Kingyo Sukui will start only once you manage to collect 3. You’ll have to do the scooping with a fragile paper spoon which easily breaks as it gets soaked, which is eventually what makes Kingyo Sukui so entertaining in real life. The most skilful ones who make it the furthest are rewarded by a maximum prize of 500x their stakes.
Matsuri slot is a beautifully produced game, in terms of visuals, sounds, as well as the gameplay. Be careful, though. Multiple small wins might trick you into believing you’re doing well, but you’ll need to keep your eye on the bottom line at all times; smart budget management is a must if you want to experience bonus rounds and subsequently more substantial rewards.
It’s taken us forever to get the fishing permit, but free games with high win potential are fortunately awarded decent enough frequency.