Hazakura Ways Slot Review 2022

Relax Gaming are taking us on a journey to the Far East, to be immersed in the colourful and magical world of the Samurai in Hazakura Ways!

Hidden deep in the wonderful hills of Japan lies your chance of winning unrivalled riches, fiercely protected by two Samurai Warriors. You will be given the opportunity of activating the Mega Bet feature, which increases your chance of uncovering Expanding Symbols and puts you one step closer to enhancing your wealth by a whopping 50,000x.

Relax Gaming are starting off the new year the right way, with a refreshing new release. Plunderland is the first January release for Relax Gaming, but you may be more familiar with their previous titles like Cluster Tumble, Helios’ Fury and one of their more popular titles, Iron Bank. Will Hazakura Ways step up to the mark like so many of Relax Gaming’s other slots? There’s only one way to find out.

Will you be the one to bring honour upon your house? Let’s play on and find out.

Hazakura Ways Base Game

Hazakura Ways Betting and Symbols

Hazakura Ways has a variety of betting options for players to choose from. For those who prefer a lower stake, the minimum bet available is £/€0.10 (£/€0.15 Mega Bet) per spin. For those who prefer a higher stake, the maximum bet available is £/€20 (£/€30 Mega Bet) per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two.

The highest paying regular symbol in Hazakura Ways is the Female Samurai, this is closely followed by the Male Samurai, the Small Sword and the Samurai Sword. Lower paying symbols fall to Stars, Hearts, Spades, Clubs and Diamonds.

Wild symbols substitute for all symbols except Scatters.

Game Provider Relax Gaming
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Maximum Bet 20
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Maximum Win 50,000x
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Paylines 4,096 Ways
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Release Date 25/01/2022
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RTP 96.37% - 96.29% - (97.00% Bonus Buy)
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Mechanics Video Slot
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Volatility high
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Reels 6
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Minimum Bet 0.1
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Hazakura Ways Base Game and Features

Hazakura Ways is a 6 reel slot with 4,096 Ways to win. In order to form a win you will need to connect 3 or more of the same symbols from left to right, starting from the left-most reel.

Hazakura Ways has an exciting Expanding Symbols feature that can be triggered randomly at the end of any paid spin, this may not be as exotic as other features we’ve seen in previous slots but it certainly does the job. More on this below.

Expanding Symbol Feature

During any random spin in the base game, a higher or lower paying symbol will be chosen at random for Expansion. The Expansion will occur at the end of any random paying spin.

Once a symbol has be chosen, all instances of that symbol will then Expand downwards, filling the remaining reel area and will pay out regardless of their position on the reels.

Mega Bet

If you choose to activate the Mega Bet feature, it will add an additional 50% of your current bet amount to the total bet.

Activating the Mega Bet feature means Wild symbols can be chosen for expansion during the Expanding Symbols Feature and throughout Free Spins.

The Mega Bet feature also increases your chance of triggering Free Spins and the Expanding Symbols feature.

Hazakura Ways Expanding Symbol Feature

Hazakura Ways Free Spins

Landing 3, 4, 5 or 6 Scatters in any position on the reels, triggers the Free Spins round and awards 10, 15, 20 and 25 Free Spins respectively.

Once active, a Special Symbol is chosen at random to become the Expanding Symbol during the Free Spins round.

The special chosen symbol expands downwards throughout the Free Spins round, filling the remaining area on the reels and payout regardless of their position on the reel.

Landing 3 or more Scatters during the Free Spins round, awards an additional +10 Free Spins.

If the maximum win capacity of 50,000x is reached, the Free Spins round will immedietly end and all remaining Free Spins will be forfeited.

Hazakura Ways Free Spins

Hazakura Ways Bonus Buy

For all you Samurai’s outside the UK, you may benefit from a Bonus Buy option.

This can be purchased for a very generous 80x your current bet.

The Bonus Buy option can be purchased with or without the Mega Bet active. If you choose to purchase the Buy Feature with the Mega Bet active, the cost of the Buy Feature increases by an additional 50%.

The RTP when purchasing Free Spins increases slightly from 96.37% to 97.00%.

Hazakura Ways Our Verdict

Relax Gaming are generally one of the more consistent providers when it comes to decent releases, and Hazakura Ways is no exception.

The expanding symbols are reminscent of the Book Style slots, but it’s been done in a way where it isn’t an exact copy of the format that we’ve seen so much of lately. The Mega Bet certainly adds another layer of interest to the game, but if you’re like us and you’ve got a fear of missing out, then you’ll feel like you’re somewhat obliged to activate it lest you miss out on some of the formidable wins your mind tells you that you’re going to get if you do.

It’s not compulsory of course, and it’s a nice option to have. Speaking of options, If you’re outside the UK you’ll be happy with the bonus buy option, but of course, this is off limits if you’re in the UK.

In terms of potential. Hazakura Ways can certainly perform with potential win capabilities of 50,000x, which is as much as one of the flag ship titles, Money Train 2. Money Train 2 has certainly reached is limit before, but can Hazakura Ways? We’re not entirely convinced as of yet, but we can say for certainty that Hazakura ways is a properly decent game with a lot of replay value.