Ghosts in the Shell
With five reels, three rows and nine active Paylines, stylish Ghost in the Shell is based on the world-famous 1996 anime movie of the same name. (There have also been novels, TV shows and video games in the franchise.) This version from 888 Games combines all the incredible characters and visuals from the hit film with some classic slot action.
The storyline is based on the story by Japanese manga artist Masonari Ota, and 888 Games has given it the full comic-theme treatment. Plus, as usual with 888 offerings, there’s a progressive jackpot.
How to play
If you’re a manga fan, you’ll recognise the layout and atmosphere of Ghost in the Shell Slot straight away, since 888 Games has faithfully recreated all the original imagery.
Coin sizes range from £1 to £250, and there’s a varied range of symbols here. The five highest-paying are characters from the manga game, the lower-value symbols are the playing card icons – Aces, Queens, Jacks, Kings and 10.
There are two Wilds, the second multiplying any win by up to three times. Both replace any symbols apart from the Scatter. (Imaginatively, this symbol just says ‘Scatter’.)
As usual, the Autoplay feature allows you to sit back and let the computer take over. Equally, if you’re feeling cautious you can try out Ghost in the Shell Slot in free play mode for fun without having to part with a penny.
Pick Me Up bonus feature
This is easily triggered during gameplay. Just land one or two top-ranking manga character on Reels 3 and 5 at the same time for the chance to win a mega cash prize according to the size of your initial wager.
You’ll then need to make a choice between two symbols. Make the right choice for the mini-game to continue, and to multiply your stake between three and 40 times. Make the wrong choice, however, and the feature comes to an end automatically as you are returned to the base game.
Land at least three of the game’s Scatter symbols on the reels to bag yourself some free spins. You’ll win 10 free spins for three Scatter symbols, 20 for four and 30 for five.
This ticks slowly upwards on the left-hand side of your screen, and you win it at random, so no special skill is required to land it. However, higher-than-average bets will inevitably boost your chances of taking one of the bigger cash prizes.
Return to Player (RTP)
RTP is slightly below average with Ghost in the Shell Slot, at 95%.
Popular and thrillingly action-packed, the soundtrack on Ghost in the Shell Slot has admittedly been described as annoying, but it’s fun to play while honouring a particular culture that many find fascinating. It also stays true to the original TV series, so you’ll especially love it if you are a Japanese anime fan.
Even if you’re not, you’re in for an exciting and visually stunning slot experience, complete with two great bonus features that aren’t that far out of reach.
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