Released: February 2018
Software: Elk Studios
Coin Values: 0.20 to 100.00
Based on Japanese culture, Kaiju is the latest slot to come out of Elk Studio’s workshop. It looks amazing and brings lots of innovation to the table. By combining elements of ancient Japanese beliefs and futuristic visuals, Elks has created a slot that reminds us of Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell while referencing the traditional understanding of monsters which do not exist in real world. The Japanese word ‘kaiju’ translates to ‘strange beast’ or ‘monster’. One ‘kaiju’ we are all familiar with is Godzilla. In Kaiju slot, a ferocious female cyborg, HA-42, is destined to fight and save mankind from the majestic creatures turned angry beasts over crystals and gems.
Kaiju is set in the last human settlement, a futuristic town over-relying on technology. The reels appear almost like a hologram and show symbols that are all related to the theme. Blue, red and green crystals originate from various kaiju and HA-42 is a on a mission to collect them in order to bring the threatening, hurting creatures back to hibernation. You can see them on the reels, along with blue, green and red credit cards since the collected stones are being used as a currency for trading among the humans. HA-42 herself appears as he Scatter symbol, while a representation of a laser counts as Wild. Wild only appears during one of the special features and then it helps in forming winning combinations. There are no other bonus symbol in the game, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of action nonetheless.
A conventional 5×3 reel set is used as a starting point for the Kaiju gameplay. With such structure, the game offers 243 ways to win as there are no standard paying lines involved. However, there is a possibility of unlocking more symbols and expanding the grid, increasing the number of ways to win to a staggering 7,776! As it is the case with the majority of Elk slots there is a possibility of choosing a bet level. The players can take their pick among Optimizer, Jumper, Leveller and Booster betting strategies and adjust the gameplay to their liking. The Autoplay option allow you to experience from 10 to 100 automatic spins and game controls are oriented towards mobile users.
Kaiju video slot is packed with immersive, visually stunning features that also guarantee quite the profit. Just like in kaiju movies from the 1950’s, there is bound to be a confrontation with these terror-inducing creatures big as houses. The bravery and compassionate human heart of the HA-42 cyborg will lead to crystal being obtained, humans saved and kaiju monsters takes care of without excessive violence. But let’s start with the Vertical Laser feature first. Each time you achieve a winning combo a vertical laser will reveal a Wild symbol above the reels. This will open up new ways to form winning combinations and during the Vertical Laser feature Wilds can become sticky.
The main feature is the Kaiju Battle round. It takes at least three HA-42 android Scatter symbols to appear on the middle reels to activate the feature. At the start of the round, the game randomly selects a kaiju opponent out of three different ones: green, red and blue. Since they have different hotspots it takes different blasts with the vertical laser to defeat them and send them away. The player has 7 free spins to achieve that. Reels will expand as long as the hotspots allow them to, and if the red kaiju is defeated during the Kaiju Battle bonus game the player can unlock the maximum way to win.
Coin denominations range from 0.20 to 100.00 which means bets can be placed on Kaiju starting with 20p up to £100 per spin. It is a highly volatile Elk Studios slot without a progressive jackpot but a return to player rate of 96.3% and a top payout of 1,305 times your stake. That’s 130 440 coins. Count on the vertical laser to help you get closer to bigger wins as it will expand the reels upwards in the bonus battle round and create a more favourable setting for matching symbols.
Another unique offering from Elk Studios, Kaiju is definitely worth checking out. It seems as the Elk team has unlimited capabilities of imagination, judging by the extreme visual appeal of games like Kaiju. If you decide to test their new game, you’ll enjoy an original plot and an intriguing storyline, a one-of-a-kid system of payouts, thrilling bonuses and prize possibilities, an impressive game design, animation and an overall functional and easy-to-use interface. There are no serious drawbacks to be found, so there is no reason to avoid meeting HA-42 and helping her in an epic battle against giants on mobile or desktop platforms, whichever way you prefer.