Journey to Feudal Japan with Shogun Showdown
Shogun Showdown is one of Amaya Software’s most thematically thorough offerings, based on the classic imagery of ninjas and samurai warriors of the feudal era of Japanese history, when local shoguns ruled areas, raised armies, and dispensed justice in accordance with ancient custom. The game opens with a stirring theme played on traditional flute, stringed instruments, cymbals and kodo drums, which continues throughout the game as a more muted background soundtrack. The drumming provides an extra sense of drama to each spin, as the more valuable symbols are greeted by a rising tempo, while the reels slot into space with the metallic clash as of blade on blade.
Symbols and Characters
The game itself has a backdrop of traditional Japanese elements, with a many tiered house in the background, and heraldic stone lines flanking the screen. A red sun rises across the scene, as flames flicker from bamboo candles.
The basic traditional playing card symbols are rendered so as to resemble traditional kanji, each one being flanked by a shadowy ninja warrior. Match three or four of these warrior silhouettes to increase winnings, up to 450 coins bonus. The next symbols, in order of value, are the traditional horned helmet of the samurai, then the nunchucks, the sickle, and the shuriken, or throwing star, set on green, red and blue backgrounds respectively.
A blue-faced, horned demon, straight out of a kabuki theatre show, known as the Wild Banshee, acts as the Wild symbol, and can substitute for any except the Bonus figures.
A warrior figure, mouth open and katana drawn, triggers the first of the Bonus rounds: when he appears on reels 1, 3 , and 5, you win ten free spins, during which the value of all wins is doubled.
The second Bonus is that of the Shogun Warrior, who appears only on the centre reel: getting four of these symbols on screen at once triggers the Shogun Showdown Feature, where all winning symbols are held during however many spins you are awarded. After the final spin, all symbols change to a single regular symbol, which determines the final prize. The blue faced Banshee can still appear during this feature, and substitute for others, to create winning pay lines.
Entering the Fray
Like many other mobile betting Kenya Amaya games, there is no option of the number of lines in play in Shogun Showdown, this being fixed at 50. However, the value of these can be stipulated, as can the bet on each, giving greater flexibility in fixing a wager, but appealing to the lower rolling punter. There is a maximum bet option and an autoplay feature, and the Spin button is shaped like a shuriken, adding to the authentic feel of the game.
Unless you find the constant incidental music jarring, Shogun Showdown displays admirable consistency in sticking to its theme: the effect is impressive, showing that a lot of thought went into the look of the game, matching the smooth game play and quality graphics.