Kaiju Review

Kaiju’s origins come from Japanese culture, the term being applied to a movie genre which involves huge monsters that are attacking cities usually. Think of movies like Godzilla or King…

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Kaiju’s origins come from Japanese culture, the term being applied to a movie genre which involves huge monsters that are attacking cities usually. Think of movies like Godzilla or King Kong, if you want to get an idea of what’s involved in such a title. Though the slot machine claims to be inspired by Kaiju, you’re only seeing elements of that battle if you reach the bonus features.

The regular spins will go through reels that have symbols with cards, crystals and a girl that’s called HC-42, while behind them you see Tokyo’s deserted streets. There is no monster in sight, and you have to try for the major features if you want to see one of the three Kaiju which were implemented there.

The game’s visuals had plenty of potential, but the lack of actual monsters on the reels is a decision that I don’t understand. Otherwise, it’s a modern game, with high-end graphics, just not very relevant ones.

Developer

In ELK Studios we have a young company, but one that has launched several popular slot machines already.

Some of the slots that got the player’s attention so far are Taco Brothers, Bloopers and Electric Sam. They have about a dozen others released, usually with very good graphics and unique features, always a good mix for any developer to strive for.

How To Play It

Betting is done via fixed values selected from a new screen. You have a dozen bets listed there, between $0.20 and $100. You’re going to select the one you prefer, and it will be used for all available lines, split into 100 coins each time.

The slot features ways to win, up to 7,776, depending on how big the reels get. The regular spins have 243 ways to win. One thing that you’re going to find only in ELK titles is the option to choose a betting strategy.

This will modify your wager automatically, by using a certain strategy which is based on the outcome of your previous spins. You can always go with the regular bet mode though, which doesn’t do any changes to the wager.

Special Features

One of the elements that are different about this game is the possibility to add more symbols to the reels, in the form of wilds which appear at the top. To get one, you need three symbols of the same type forming a combination. They will trigger a vertical laser, which reveals a wild on the row above them.

If you want to see what the Kaiju monsters look like, you need three HA-42 scattered symbols. 7 free spins can be activated that way, during which you will have one of the Kaiju as an opponent. Each time the reel expands, you win 1 extra free spin.

Several features are available at this point. One of them is the Reel Expansion, which occurs through the vertical laser feature, and which remains that way until the free spins are done. Another one is the Hotspot Activation, where a hotspot is touched by a vertical laser, triggering the transformation of the connecting matching symbols into wilds. The slot’s free spins also benefit from Sticky Wilds, activated when the laser touches the last hot spot.

Maximum Payouts

Your best individual wins don’t go past $300, but the slot’s many ways to win and wilds from the free spins manage to improve it and get its theoretical RTP to 96.30%.

Summary

Kaiju manages to be an impressive game, one that was released by ELK Studios with a good theme and features, but unfortunately with way too few actual monsters present.

 

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