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Rising Samurai: Hold and Win slot REVIEW

Rising Samurai: Hold and Win ReviewiSoftBet seems to have no plan of stopping their relentless production of Hold & Win style slots, and each installment sinks into more or less obscurity soon after hitting the market. So the circle of online slot life continues in this genre. Rising Samurai: Hold and Win sticks out a bit due to the unusual reel setup, and the scary-looking samurai dude peeking over the orientel-style architecture grid.

When he appears in front of the grid good things are bound to come your way, and this may land you a ticket into either of the bonus features. At worst, you’re getting a win from this random Katana Modifier, which is not too shabby, and both bonus features come with 2 special Samurai Booster Coins that can help you close in on the unusually solid (at least for this series) 16,215x potential.

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Rising Samurai: Hold and Win Slot Features

The 4 warrior premium symbols pay 4 to 12.5 x your stake for 5 of a kind wins, and you also have a ninja star Wild symbol that substitute for all pay symbols to help complete winning combinations. The ninja star wild does not hold any value of its own however, and it can appear on the 3 middle reels only.

The Rising Samurai can appear over the middle reels at random times, and this triggers the Katana Modifier. This modifier basically awards either a guaranteed win, the hold and win respins bonus or the free spins bonus round.

The Hold & Win Respins (hit rate of 1 in 246 spins) feature can also trigger organically, and more specifically when you land 5+ coin symbols in view. The triggering coins lock in place on an otherwise cleared grid, and you start with 3 respins. The coins come with values of 1x to 10x, and you can also land Mini, Major, Maxi or Grand jackpot coins that pay 25x, 50x, 100x or 250x your stake, respectively. The above coins become sticky, and resets the respins tally to 3 each time they appear.

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You can also land Samurai Booster Coins, and these are modifier coins that do not become sticky. The Arrow Booster Coin adds an extra row to the 3 middle reels, and the X Booster Coin increases the win multiplier by +1. The accumulated multiplier applies to the total win that’s summed up when the feature ends. You can only get 3 of each booster coin per session.

The Bonus Round (hit rate of 1 in 347 spins) triggers organically when you land 3, 4 or 5 scatters anywhere in view, and this gives you 10, 12 or 15 free spins, respectively. You can land the Samurai Booster Coins in this feature as well, so the 3 middle reels can thus grow by 3 positions. You can also get up to an x4 win multiplier, but there is no way to retrigger the bonus round or win extra spins.

The 200 Spins Rising Samurai: Hold and Win Slot Experience

We had a decent time testing Rising Samurai: Hold & Win, and we enjoyed the samurai theme and oriential architecture in the background. We’ve whipped together a brief and edited highlights video for you as usual, and you can check it all out for yourself by hitting the play button below.

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Review Summary

We’re not sure if the samurai standing in a threatening kind of way behind the reels, staring at you over the top of the grid, is the best design choice. It creates a strange kind of optical illusion, making the samurai look like a giant. Anyway, the oriental theme as such is decently done, making Rising Samurai stand out a bit from other installments in iSoftBet’s ever-growing Hold & Win range.

The random Katana Modifier feature adds a wild card to the mix, so to speak, occasionally giving you either of the bonus rounds. The Booster Coins make the Hold & Win feature stand out a bit from the crowd, but the jackpots are not very impressive. Larger wins are more likely to come from the free spins feature, with up to 3,087 win ways and an x4 multiplier being possible, and we have no complaints about the overall 16,215x potential.

If you enjoy Rising Samurai: Hold and Win Slot you should also try:

Warrior Ways - is an atmospheric samurai installment from Hacksaw Gaming, and you get samurai duels when rival clan members land on either side of the VS symbol. There’s a clash bonus round that plays out in two different stages, as well as conquest bonus round, and you can win up to 10,000x your stake.

Bushido Ways xNudge - is perhaps not the most popular release from NoLimit City, but it’s still a strong and entertaining samurai slot. You get sliced wilds on the 3 middle reels, as well as xNudge multipliers and a Geisha Wild on the middle reel. Wilds take center stage also in the 2 bonus rounds, for payouts up to 30,000x your stake.

Sakura Fortune 2 - is a visually pleasing and anticipated follow-up release from Quickspin, and it comes with a similar 3-4-4-4-3 reel set with 576 win ways. You can look forward to Sakura Wild Respins, and up to 2 can be pre-locked in the bonus round. Lock 3 in place to benefit from an x3 multiplier, and win up to 22,482x your stake.

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Rising Samurai: Hold and Win Slot FAQs

What is the RTP of Rising Samurai: Hold and Win?

The Rising Samurai: Hold & Win RTP of 95.98 % is about as average as they come.

How volatile is Rising Samurai: Hold and Win?

This is a medium volatile installment from iSoftBet, and it scores 6 out of 10 on their own volatility scale.

What is the biggest win possible?

You can win up to 16,215x your stake in Rising Samurai: Hold and Win, which is among the highest potentials in the Hold & Win series from iSoftBet.

How does the Hold & Win feature work in Rising Samurai?

Triggered by 5+ coins or the random Katana Modifier, you get 3 respins that reset per sticky coin or jackpot coin you land. You can also expand the 3 middle reels by 3 rows, or increase the total win multiplier to x4, via the 2 modifier booster coins.

Is there a free spins mode in Rising Samurai: Hold and Win?

Yes, you get up to 15 free spins, and the 2 modifier coins work the same way when they land in the bonus round.

How many winning ways are available?

You play with 576 win ways in the base game, but both bonus rounds come with a reel-expanding modifier coin that can give you up to 3,087 win ways.

Can I play Rising Samurai: Hold and Win Slot for free?

Yes, you can check the free Rising Samurai: Hold and Win demo game at the very top of this page (UK players must verify age first). Up there, we also provide a list of casinos that carry this title.

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