Sakura Fortune Slot Review
Sakura Fortune Game Details
|Jackpot:||800 x Stake|
|Auto Play Feature:||Yes|
Where To Play Sakura Fortune
Quickspin are one of those game developers who you either love or hate; their colourful, entertaining slots have a certain charisma about them, although in the past they’ve been renowned for playing like high variance slots – while, in reality, being fairly low variance games.
Sakura Fortune was one of their first efforts to change this commonly-accepted opinion – and if I’m being honest with you, I think it was – and remains – one of the developer’s best games.
As you may have picked up from the name, Sakura Fortune is set around a stunning Japanese woman. The game’s built around a 5-reel, 4-row format, and there’s a total of 40 fixed paylines in play. You can play Sakura Fortune from as little as 0.20 and as much as 80.00 credits per spin, and there’s plenty of bonuses and features to look forward to.
How To Play
When you’ve chosen an online slots site that has Sakura Fortune, you’ll find it’s an easy game to get into. Like all of Quickspin’s slots, Sakura Fortune is impeccably laid out, and it’s incredibly easy to play. Just to the left-centre of the screen you’ll see a “Total Bet” tab.
Here, you can scroll through the various stake options on offer. You can also click the button directly to bring up a grid showing all of the different stake sizes. Once you’ve selected the stake you’re comfortable with, then it’s time to head to the right-hand-side of the screen, where you’ll find the big “Spin” button. Clicking this will start the game!
Now, Quickspin likes to pack in an array of features into their user-interface, and if you look directly to the left-hand-side of the spin button you’ll see two smaller buttons. The first, is a circle; this is the autoplay button, and it allows you to set up to 100 spins to play out automatically.
You can also set loss and win limits. Directly below the autoplay button is a fast forward-like button, and this triggers the quick spin mode. If you choose to have this activated, the time between games will shorten, allowing you to play more spins, in less time.
Head to the far bottom left-hand-corner of the screen and you’ll see another two small icons. The first, is a settings cog. This allows you to toggle the volume on and off, and also lets you choose whether or not to activate the “space bar to spin” feature.
Above this, there’s a hamburger menu, and here you’ll be able to read the game’s paytable. There’s also a really cool function that allows you to view your game history – without leaving the game. If you like, you can also have a full read of the game’s rules.
Symbols and Payouts
Like most video slots today, Sakura Fortune uses a number of different symbols. These can be categorised into lower-paying symbols, mid-paying symbols and high-paying symbols.
The lower-paying symbols in Sakura Fortune are all Ancient Coins, and these come in four colours; green, bronze, silver and ivory. These aren’t worth a whole lot, but if you manage to land a decent number of 5-of-a-kind combos they can end up being pretty lucrative, given that the game has 40 paylines.
The medium-value symbols include a Jade Statue, a Dragon and a Warrior – and again, these don’t pay amazingly, but landing enough 5-of-a-kind combos can award some nice wins. The Warrior symbol, for example, pays just 12X for a 5-of-a-kind combo – the Jade Statue pays 7X.
The game’s top-paying symbols are Sakura herself, and the Emperor. This is where the money is, and landing a 5-of-a-kind combo of Sakura awards a payout worth 20X your stake.
A 5-of-a-kind combo of the Emperor awards a whopping 40X your total stake – and it’s pretty obvious how the game does offer some decent win-potential here, especially when you take into account that all symbols are stacked across all five reels.
Sakura Fortune is all about the bonuses – especially from my experience, big wins during the base-game (without either of the features) are pretty hard to come by. Thankfully, the little side game feature triggers quite frequently, so you shouldn’t have to wait long for it to appear. Below, I’m going to run you through the two bonuses you’ll find in Sakura Fortune.
Sakura herself appears as a giant stacked wild symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4. On any spin, if two or three of her appear in view, they might nudge up to fill the entire reel. (It’s not guaranteed, however.) If they do, you will then be awarded a number of re-spins.
If two of the wilds land and nudge up you’ll be awarded two re-spins, while if you’re lucky enough to land all three and they all nudge up you’ll be awarded three re-spins. To be honest, I’ve personally hit some massive wins thanks to this little side game feature alone, and it really can pay – it also makes triggering the main bonus round a lot easier, as you’ll see below.
The main bonus round in Sakura Fortune is the free-spins feature, and this is triggered by landing three, four or five of the scatter symbols on adjacent reels from left-to-right. This means you must have a scatter symbol on reels 1, 2 and 3 to trigger the bonus – simply landing three scatter symbols anywhere in view isn’t enough.
However, the stacked Sakura wild symbols also act as scatter symbols – so if you’re got the re-spin feature with stacked wilds on reels 2 and 3, you just need to land one scatter on the first reel to trigger the bonus. You will be awarded 7, 9 or 12 free-spins depending on whether you land 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols.
During the bonus, if one of the Sakura wild symbols lands partially or fully in view it will automatically nudge up and fill the entire reel it lands on. It will then lock in place, remaining there for the duration of the bonus. You will also be awarded one additional free spin.
The dream setup here is to get the three middle reels fully wild – and doing so virtually guarantees some big wins, especially if you can land them early on in the bonus!
Jackpot and How To Win
Like many of Quickspin’s games, Sakura Fortune doesn’t offer the biggest win-potential compared to slots from other game developers – but I should point out that it does like to throw in 100-200X your stake wins relatively frequently.
The maximum win on any one spin is 800X your total stake, and this is achieved by landing a full screen of the top-paying symbol, the emperor. This is most likely to happen during the bonus round, or the re-spin feature.
In terms of how to win – remember, there are no sure-fire ways to guarantee your success when playing slots. However, Sakura Fortune is volatile – and this means you may need to play it for a little while before you’re able to trigger the bonus. I’d recommend giving the slot at least 100 spins – and potentially even more.
Thankfully, some semi-decent base-game wins should keep your balance going while you play, and the nudging wilds re-spin feature I really like, as it happens frequently, ensuring you’re never waiting long for the action to unfold!
In the past, I actually found Quickspin’s software to be a little buggy. It was pretty common to see a ‘Technical Error” message appear mid-game, and this was incredibly annoying, especially when you’re in the middle of gameplay. This is probably one of the reasons why many of the top mobile casinos aren’t using it – which is a shame to be honest.
Thankfully, some recent updates to their software seem to have resolved this issue – and today, their gaming platform is pretty streamlined. Sakura Fortune is also fully mobile-optimized, so you’ll find yourself able to enjoy the game from your mobile device.
One thing I will point out is that if you’re planning on playing from a mobile device you’ll want to tilt your device into landscape mode. This will greatly improve your playing experience and will ensure that you’re able to enjoy the game in full!
You should also try and make sure you’re playing through a WIFI network, where possible. This will minimize the chances of any lag happening during gameplay, and will also ensure a smoother, faster slotting experience.
Quickspin have been trying their best to move away from low volatile machines – and Sakura Fortune is one of their best efforts to date, I feel. The game’s fun to play, and it does offer some pretty decent win-potential, especially if you’re able to to get lucky during the bonus round.
That being said, I also find it’s possible to hit big wins during the base-game – although don’t expect to walk away with 1,000X+ wins often – it’s more than capable of producing wins in the range of 200-300X your stake, however.
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Last Updated on August 16, 2020