An Asian Themed Slot Featuring Thousands of Ways to Win
Head to any casino and you’ll find a whole host of Asian themed games, although you might struggle to find one as original as Shoji. Yes, you’ll find the usual array of symbols in play. These include Shogun warriors, Geisha girls, koi carp, bonsai trees, gold coins and Asian dwellings.
However, what sets this game apart is the unusual reel set up. Firstly, there are six reels in place which is not something you would usually find. Second, any of reels 2 through 6 could be extended via the opening of doors above the reels.
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Shoji is a unique, entertaining game which brings innovative game-play to the Asian theme.
Here are the highlights which include a huge number of winning combinations on the reels:
The regular section of this slot appears to the bottom of the screen where the 6x3 reels are found. All six of these reels will spin as usual. However, above reels 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 you’ll find the reels are extended upwards by 2 symbols – although all of the reels are covered by rice paper doors. This means that the symbols won’t count in winning combinations.
Every time you hit spin, at least one of these doors will open, bringing those symbols into play – usually you’ll open two or more connected doors.
Shoji uses the all-ways winning system, so landing matching symbols on consecutive reels from left to right will award a win. The unusual reel set up ensures that you’ll have at least 1,215 ways to win if just one door opens. Two doors increase this number to 2,025 ways to win. Open all five available doors and you’ll have 9,375 ways to win.
To enter the free spins bonus feature you’ll need to land three gold coins across any of the reels, which will see you awarded with 8 free spins. Any doors which are open during the ‘activating’ spin will remain open throughout the duration of the free spins bonus round. For example, if you activate the feature on a spin where two doors are open, these will remain open, while other doors will open alongside these. This all leads to a feature where you’ll enjoy the upper end of those huge amounts of winning opportunities.
With all of these winning opportunities, you might consider this slot to be an expensive one to play. However, with a spin cost of just 50 credits, WMS has done a fine job of keeping the spin cost down. The Shogun warrior and the Geisha girl are the highest paying symbols in the game, followed by the range of other Asian themed symbols. The playing card symbols from 10 through to Ace complete the pay table.
The wild symbol plays an interesting role in Shoji. This will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the bonus scatter. If you manage to land a pair of wilds in the opening at the top on any of the reels, the whole of the reel will now turn wild also, giving you extra win opportunities.
Shoji means wooden sliding doors featuring translucent paper and this is exactly what you’ll find at the top of the reels. These translucent doors show the symbols behind in silhouette form, giving the upper reels a distinctive look. The rest of the rich and colourful symbols appear on a dark red (lower) or dark blue (upper) background, while the reels are held within a red wooden structure. A lamp in the top left-hand corner lights up the delightful scene.
Shoji is one of the more distinctive slots you’ll find on the casino floor. Whereas many other games go for a uniformity in the ways you’ll win, every spin of this WMS designed slot is different. Reveal a couple of wilds from behind the sliding doors and these wilds transform the whole reel, giving bigger and better winning opportunities. With a free spins feature too, where you’ll have more winning opportunities than ever, there is a lot to like about Shoji.