Sakura Fortune was released by Quickspin in early 2017 and has been a roaring success ever since. The game is famous for its fickle and devastating volatility during both base play and the free spins round. Sakura Fortune game possesses a certain artistry (as all Quickspin games do!) but it’s the crazy features which players really love it for.
Sakura Fortune takes a little bit of getting used to. Players make their bets, activate spins, and access settings in the usual way (via the line of buttons beneath the reels) and the general gameplay is fast and responsive, which we love.
There are 40 paylines and only wins from left-to-right are counted. The game’s low value symbols are a collection of green, bronze, silver, and gold coins and pay between 0.15x and 1.25x stake for 3-5 on a payline. The high-value symbols offer better value for money:
However the real money is made through the wild symbols. The game’s Princess Wilds are full 4×1 stacks that can land on reels 2, 3, and 4, substituting for all symbols including the scatter. Landing just one Princess Wild fully can create big payouts: landing 2-3 guarantees something spectacular.
Because this is a highly volatile game, make sure you’re only wagering a small amount of your bankroll per spin. Its very easy to go dozens of spins without any real wins at all, only to hit 150x stake on the 40th attempt. So pace yourself and bide your time for the big wins to come your way!
The time in-between winning spins (which can be quite lengthy!) is filled with beautiful and soft woodwind music and very light strings. It’s what you’d call a “classic Asian soundtrack” for a video slot, but much more balanced and less intrusive than many games.
There’s a little cheer for winning spins, then back to the relaxing music. The graphics are subtly stunning: there’s no crazy animation or 3D characters, just really well-produced art. The colours balance very nicely and the spin animation is pleasantly smooth. What’s great in terms of player experience is that the reels spin fast – really fast is you activate quick spins. The “winning bet” animations are also very brief, so you can rattle through 25-30 spins in a minute, easy – even when you’re winning!
Sakura Fortune is only a few years old, so its design still feels modern and polished, and we absolutely love playing it.
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The maximum single-spin payout in Sakura Fortune is a cool 1,087x stake. If betting the maximum of $100, that equals a little over $108,000! This massive payout can be triggered during the free spins round where it’s possible to lock up the middle reels with stacked wilds. During testing, we clocked up 125x stake with just one free spins round – a little over 10% of what’s technically possible!
There are two special features of note: respins and free spins!
As we’ve said, there are 4×1 stacked princess wilds on reels 2, 3, and 4. However, if two of these wilds land simultaneously, fully stacked, players are awarded 2 respins with the wilds locked in place. If they are adjacent (or if all of them land) you are guaranteed a meaty payout. Even better, any wilds which appear during the respins trigger additional respins!
When the Princess Wilds land but only partially, it’s also possible for them to power up and expand to fill the full reels!
Triggered by landing 3 bonus symbols or wilds on reels 1 to 3 (including during respins) this feature awards players 7 free spins. Whenever a wild lands, it expands to fill the reel and stays sticky for the full round. Not only that, it also generates two more free spins. Therefore it’s possible to generate up to 13 free spins and block out the middle reels with a wall of 16 wilds!
The potential for wins here is enormous, well above 1,000x stake is up for grabs!
Sakura Fortune is the kind of game that terrifies new players (because you can go so long without winning) and delights veterans, because you can win such astronomic payouts! This volatility is the game’s main strength, though it must be said it is also very attractive, slick, and intuitive. The in-game features like expanding wilds are also a major crowd pleaser, since every non-winning spin can be transformed into something spectacular.
If you’re looking for a great new game to play, try Sakura Fortune today!