Ninja Magic from Microgaming
A slow start to 2016 has had some players wondering whether Microgaming has lost its touch, with the likes of NetEnt pulling out in front in the creativity and visuals stakes. However, those players may have spoken too soon as the developer seems to be right back on form here on Ninja Magic, which marks the first appearance of honest to goodness ninjas on the reels since the release of NetEnt’s Thunderfist. As you can probably tell, we’re pretty excited about getting into this review, so let’s get straight down to it!
Within moments of loading the game, you’ll see that this one has been designed to be particularly big. There are forty win lines, which is nothing out of the ordinary, but they have been crammed onto just three rows of symbols here, effectively making this game pretty close to any comparable titles that makes use of 243 ways to win. The themed symbols look great too and while the same cannot be said of the playing card icons, this is one game where we won’t complain given how good the ninjas in particular look. When playing the base game, you will of course be looking to line each of these symbols up and help is always at hand in the form of the Ninja Magic logo, which is not just a wild card but will also apply a two times multiplier to any prize combination that it forms a part of.
The Ninja Magic Bonus
So far, the game sounds passable but not necessarily something to get all that excited about, but that is precisely where the Ninja Magic bonus comes into play. You’ll need three, four or five temple scatters anywhere in view in order to trigger it and this will lead to one free spin and no multiplier, two spins and a two times multiplier or three spins and a three times multiplier respectively. That doesn’t sound all that great, but you’ll be tasked with vanquishing bugs – for some reason – before the spins play out. Each bug will contain either spins, multipliers or a ‘Start Free Spins’ symbol and you’ll be hoping to find the latter as late as possible in the round. It’s possible to scoop up to forty free games and an eight times multiplier if everything plays out as would be hoped, and you don’t need us to tell you just how valuable that can be when forty win lines are part of the equation.
While trying to be as polite as possible, this is the first game release from Microgaming in a long time that feels like actual thought went into the design. If that is a sign of things to come for the rest of 2016 then you can count us firmly on board. This is most definitely a case of try it – you might like it and you can do just that for free here at PLG right here on this page. You can also try your luck at a massive free spins round for real cash by heading on over to one of our most highly recommended Microgaming casinos.