Hanzos Dojo: the way of the samurai
Based on the legendary Hattori Hanzo, who was a famous and powerful ninja of the 16th century, comes a new slot from Yggdrasil. The music and graphical design fits with the period based on this character.
This slot is your normal setup of 5 reels and 3 rows with a fixed 25 lines. However, there is a additional 3 slots above the 2,3,4 reel which can play an important part which will be talked about later. There are 4 features in this game with none of them being random.
First feature to talk about is the wild feature, when a wild lands in the extra 3 boxes above it creates the reel below to become wild.
The second feature is the Hanzo free spins, this will be activated when 3 Hanzo symbols drop in the extra 3 boxes above. This will randomly select a symbol from lowest to highest symbol to be a fixed 3×3 symbol over the 2,3,4 reels. It will give one respin with this.
The third feature is the Wild Hanzo free spins, this is similar to the Hanzo free spins except you need the 3 wild symbols in the extra 3 boxes. This will create for one spin a 3×3 wild fixed over the 2,3,4 reels.
Finally, is the main free spins feature and this comes by getting 3 ‘FREE SPINS’ symbols. However, this has a unique feature of any ‘FREE SPINS’ symbol shown in the top 3 boxes comes with 1 more free spin and an activation of an extra feature during free spins. These are:
- 2 extra free spins
- A win both ways feature
- 3×3 symbol nudge
- X2 multiplier
- Wild reel 5
During the free spins you can get a free spins symbol in the top 3 boxes which can activate another of these with an extra spin.
What to look for
This game can be very volatile, not high end but enough to make your balance go quick. However, it has various potential parts to the game. The Hanzo Wild Spin is hard to get, we haven’t seen or gotten it yet which suggests its difficult to hit. Also, Hanzo Spins are not easy to get but we would say you might get it once every 100 ish spins. The potential on these are not great.
The wild reel feature is nice and can keep a balance going but the beauty of the crown is the free spins and that’s where you will find the biggest hits. The basic 3 ‘FREE SPINS’ symbols in the main grid are not likely to give you a big win but if one of the 3 is in the top 3 boxes then it can go on a big roll. The combinations of some of the extra features is where the big money comes in. We have seen a wild reel 5 and the nudge 3×3 which gave a 360x hit and to be honest could have been more with better symbols. So if you can activate all 4 features I can see why they say it can pay 3000x. Overall the potential is mainly going to be 300x to 600x hits on the free spins with some of these extra features.
The slots coming from Yggdrasil lately have been not so great but with this instalment and interesting new mechanics it makes a good comeback. This will appeal to a wide range of slot players even the people who like a little more volatility. However, I must warn this slot has clearly very dry periods which could scare your balance. The graphics and sounds, are as always with Yggdrasil slots, are spot on making a nice playing experience.
Overall, we think this is a solid slot which if you give it some time can give an amazing hit. We are sure some big win photos will come from this slot and it will be a more popular Yggdrasil slot than most. We also find the interaction of the 3 boxes above to create an interesting slot that can keep you entertained for a long while. Our only negative point found is that with the feature of the Hanzo spin has very little potential based on how hard it is to activate. As always what do you think?