Not for the first time, Microgaming has joined forces with Just For The Win studios to bring something a little different to the table. Taking a futuristic Japanese slant, Shogun of Time is unlike anything I’ve seen before. It offers medium volatility with a percentage payout of 96.02%. The slot is dominated by a very attractive female samurai, who stands sentry over some pretty interesting special features. This was the first time in a while that a slot theme felt fresh and intriguing, and I was captivated by the Blade Runner vibes.
With jaw-dropping graphics, superb features and a huge number of ways to win, Shogun of Time will entice you into a world of space travel, time travel and heart stopping thrills. Can you engage the extra reel and open up even more ways to win? If you think that you have what it takes then Shogun of Time will give you the chance to walk away with a massive win. Read on to find out if you’ll do well to be schooled in the ways of the samurai.

The reel split respin increases the number of reels and number of ways to win.

The free spins mode automatically activates the extra reel and plays out as 243 ways to win.

The free spins mode includes a stacked wild on the middle reel for the entire duration.

The base game starts with just 4 reels which could be off-putting to some players.

The free spins mode can’t be re-triggered

TYPE Video slot
REELS AND PAYLINES 4 reels with 81 ways to win which can increase to 5 reels and 243 ways to win
GAME FEATURES Wild symbols, scatter symbols, reel split respin and free spins
RANGE OF BET $0.10 - $1,00
COIN VALUES 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, 0.25, 0.50, 1.00. 2.00
MAXIMUM WIN Up to 135,870 coins
PAYOUT 96.02%


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Shogun of Time Theme & Background

From the first flash of pastel-colored lasers you’ll be intrigued by what Shogun of Time has to offer. The setting is up for debate, but to me it seemed like a futuristic city or teleporting station (feel free to get even more creative). It’s perhaps what Tokyo might look like in another 100 years or so.

The female samurai heroine has been accordingly adapted to suit the futuristic vibe, and so have the symbols across the reels. Even the low-paying A , K, Q, J, 10 have been re-crafted to resemble characters from the Japanese alphabet. The remaining symbols are made up of a Shogun of Time game logo, coins that look like yen, fans, masks, helmets and chest plates. Basically, all the armor any self-respecting Japanese warrior could want.

What war we’re about to embark on never becomes particularly clear, so perhaps the plot line hasn’t been developed as well as a player might hope. Time-traveling is a part of this slot, and you’ll frequently see our main character standing in a teleporting capsule, ready to be beamed off to who knows where. The game is accompanied by fast-paced music that may or may not make you feel like jogging on the spot. That being said, it was tuneful and enjoyable — believe me, I’ve heard way worse.


Shogun of Time operates in a very similar way to most other video slots on the market, however it has one big difference. It uses just 4 reels for the base game. This does create a slightly different experience, with 81 paylines on offer in the base game. This does change though as the base game feature and free spins feature are triggered within the game.

Main Features

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With Shogun of Time the Wild is represented by our battle-hardened female samurai. When she’s not busy time traveling, she stands in as the most rewarding symbol across the reels and can substitute for any other symbol.

She appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 and can also come stacked 3 symbols high.

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Free Spins

The free spins feature is triggered when you manage to land 3 or 4 scatter symbols on the reels at once. If you land 3 scatters then you will be awarded 8 free spins and if you land 4 scatters then you will be awarded 16 free spins. The free spins cannot be re-triggered from within the free spins mode.

When the free spins mode starts a new reel will be added between the second and third reels. This new reel will be a stacked wild that is locked in place for the duration of the free spins. This will increase the number of ways to win to 243 and pays left to right and right to left.

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Reel Split Re-Spin

This is the most exciting feature because it involves expanding reels and the opportunity for big wins. It happens when you land 4 Wilds in a winning combination. Then your screen will crack open to make room for an additional reel in between reels 2 and 3.

All reels except the new one will become locked in place, with the expanded central reel spinning independently. During this feature ways to win increase from 81 to 243.

Payouts and Wagering Limits

If you’re after the highest paying symbol (which naturally you would be) then you need to keep your eyes peeled for the Shogun of Time game logo that pays 12 x your bet when you land 5 on a payline. The Free Spins feature is definitely the most lucrative of the lot, offering either 8 or 16 free spins during which you can hope to make your fortune. Set at Medium variance, the slot promises to pay out a maximum of 2,717 x your bet.

The maximum wager for Shogun of Time is $100. This allows high-rolling players the opportunity to engage with a game that can satisfy their desire to place higher wagers. The minimum wager for Shogun of Time is $0.10. This means that lower budget players can also have the opportunity to engage with the game as well.

The maximum win for Shogun of Time is up to 135,870 coins. On a maximum wager game this gives the potential for a maximum win of $271,740. This is a relatively good level of payout of over 2,500 times your stake. The RTP of 96.02% is in line with the industry standard.

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Final Verdict

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When I first began to give Shogun of Time a whirl I convinced myself it was too complicated. But when it came down to it I quickly picked up on the reasons why I would either win or lose a spin. The design is brilliant and theme is original, so it should definitely be on your list if you’re sick of the same old slots.

The odd reel design is definitely quirky, as you play on a four reel set up unless you activate the bonus feature. The 2,700 x your bet maximum win might not be enough to tempt the high-rolling slot players out there, but I felt it was a generous offering for a medium volatility game.

So long as you’re not counting on the top prize (your chances being just 1 in 1,422) then I would recommend Shogun of Time for a cracking good time. Arigato for reading this review.

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