Supplier of Japanese content, Ganapati, is expanding its slots portfolio significantly this year by releasing three new titles in the first three months of the year. The brand-new games were shown off by the company at this year’s ICE, before going live shortly after.
One of these new games, Samurai Girl, really embodies the new direction Ganapati is taking with its games this year. In a similar but less obvious way than flagship game Neo Tokyo, there is a cyberpunk undertone running through Samurai Girl which is quite compelling for players. Set in a grungy Shibuya – the iconic Tokyo district popular with fashionable youths, the reels fall against the bleak scenery of a deserted mall and an unrecognisably empty Shibuya crossing.
In keeping with the game’s look and feel, the story follows a beautiful female warrior’s mission to rid Japan of an army of evil zombie samurai who rose from their graves as a result of a deadly virus. Appealing anime-style graphics tell the story.
As for gameplay, Samurai Girl is fast-paced and action-packed, brimming with entertainment-focused elements and features characteristic of Ganapati games. The game is highly volatile, with 25 paylines and Zombie Soul symbols which fill the Katana gauge a little more every time they appear on the reels.
When the Katana gauge is full and 3-5 Scatter symbols land on the reels, players are taken to the disturbing Boss Battle round where they are confronted with the evil Shogun himself and are tasked with defeating him. The Pandemic feature is another fun, interactive round where players have to touch the green virus in order to kill it.