Manga and anime. Who can say no to these comics and animated works? With its mistakable style and entertaining themes, it is no longer surprising why it is now widespread in different parts of the world and has been adopted in other media. Well, I will make my point now. It’s also used as a theme in many slot machines, particularly in the title, which I am about to review- Starlight Princess slot by Pragmatic Play.
The Japanese art is now on online slots like Starlight Princess, and the question that begs an answer is this: is the theme the right fit? Well, in terms of visuals, this 6-reel and Win All Ways slot machine delivers. There is no Wild but packs gems as paying symbols, and when you land eight, you start collecting wins. A Multiplier is in place of up to 500x and there is a chance to collect up to 15 Free Spins when landing at least four Scatters.
Starlight Princess is slightly different, and it shows during gameplay. With its high volatility and use of the Ante Bet feature, expect something new yet entertaining to happen on the reels!
So what makes this game slightly different from other online slots I played. Before I go deep with it, I will highlight first some of the best and not so good things about this slot:
If you have read a few manga novels or watched some anime, you will find the elements in this game somewhat familiar. This game uses a 5×6 grid in the blue background up in the sky with our Princess standing tall on the right. It is also important to note the game’s soundtrack that adds energy when spinning the reels. Yes, there is an option to adjust the volume so you can enjoy soft sounds when it pleases you.
With its Manga theme, you can find some colorful paying symbols. I encountered some gemstones that can randomly appear with the Sun, Heart, Moon, and Star Motifs during my session. Look out for the Sun as the game’s best-paying symbol and can award up to 50x your wager if you collect at least a dozen symbols.
Pragmatic Play scores a colorful and exciting slot with this game. However, beginners will find something different in the rules and how to form winning combos. This game uses a Cluster Pays Mechanic, and you need to collect at least eight symbols to start earning wins. What is interesting about this mechanic is that you do not need to line up the identical symbols in adjacent reels or paylines. As long as you collect at least eight anywhere on the grid, then you win.
You can spin the reels starting at 0.20 credits and move this up to 125.00 credits. You can use the buttons for ‘+’ and ‘-’ sitting beside the ‘Spin’ button to adjust your bet per spin. Again, there are Autoplay and Turbo Mode options in case you want to automate your spins.
The Princess works as the game’s Scatter and can help activate the Free Spins feature. You need to land four, five or six Scatters anywhere on the grid to activate this bonus. If this happens, you can collect a payout of up to 3x, 5x or 100x your bet before you collect and play your assigned 15 Free Spins. After notching a winning combo with the Scatters, you can also enjoy the following features:
Another interesting feature I found out in the game is the Ante Bet. If you click this option, you increase your stake and in exchange, you double your chances of activating the free spins.
If you are a regular slots player like me, you will find that the gameplay and its visuals are too familiar. One of the first things I noticed here is its similarities to the Gates of Olympus for its gameplay, and the Cluster Mechanic that is popular gameplay in many premium slot machines.
Let’s go back to the theme that I first raised in this review. Is the Manga/anime theme a perfect fit in the online slot? Yes, it is, and in the Starlight Princess slot, I quickly enjoyed my spins, and it’s even comparable to watching anime shows! I also like the Unlimited Multiplier option during the Free Spins, and I feel that Pragmatic Play can do more by increasing the game’s jackpot potential.
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