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Matsuri Nights

Konami Gaming

Matsuri Nights

Several slot manufacturers released Chinese-themed slots to coincide with Chinese New Year February 10, and this is Konami’s entry. It is a 100-line video slot, with each credit activating two paylines (effectively, it is a half-penny game). Reel symbols depict dragons, fireworks and other classic Chinese celebration icons.

The 100-payline configuration results in multiple paying combinations on most spins, and wild symbols are thrown into the mix to increase hit frequency. The Woman symbol is wild, substituting fort the Lion, Shrine, Bottle, Battledore, Pinwheel and all poker symbols.

The base game also includes Konami’s trademark “Action Stacked Symbols” on all five reels. Randomly at the beginning of a spin, one of the main game symbols replaces the symbols on several reel spots to form a cluster of adjacent winning symbols—increasing winning combinations and the chances of activating the bonus feature.

Three or more Lantern symbols trigger 12 free games, and another special feature: During the free games, reels with a Woman symbol appearing on them are “nudged” until all positions on that reel are the Woman. The Woman symbol happens to be the top jackpot symbol. After the reel or reels nudge, the pays are re-evaluated and the player is awarded any additional payment.

The free-spin event is triggered every 143 spins, on average. The top jackpot for five Woman symbols on an active payline occurs once every 304,000 spins.

Manufacturer: Konami Gaming
Platform: KP3
Format: Five-reel, 100-line video slot
Denomination: .01, .02, .03, .05, .10, .20, .50
Max Bet: 1,000
Top Award: 25,000 times line bet
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 4%—14%

 

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