The Far East has been the focus of Western curiosity for centuries, and Japanese culture is emblematic of that fascination.
Geisha, an Endorphina slot game named after the famous Japanese females, is your ticket for a trip to the land of the rising sun. And its mysterious and elegant universe has a few surprises in store as well.
Embark on a trip to the East where the stakes are high and the atmosphere immersive.
Once again, Endorphina decided to give players a coherent a beautiful world to gamble in. Geisha is obviously set in traditional Japan and, as such, you should expect a lot of beauty and refinement. Ink-painted cherry trees in blossoms constitute the background, with actual pink petals gently blowing across the screen as you play.
The reels are topped by a black tile roof and separated by bamboo frames. The overall tone is sepia and brown, evoking nature and tranquillity. The music playing is traditional as well, calm but perfectly fitting for the theme.
Geisha is an experience of its own, even just through its design. The game looks beautiful and relaxing, while remaining an entertaining game as we will see now in the gameplay review…
Geisha’s setup is a traditional 5-reel, 25 payline setup, with animated symbols and dynamic transitions. Getting started is made easy by the usual Endorphina commands, located around the reels.
First, you should determine a coin value from 0.01 to 5 depending on your gaming style. This is done simply by clicking the Coin icon on the left side of the game screen, next to the Credit display. You can then choose how many coins to put on the table for the next spin. You can bet as little as a single coin and up to 300 at once, if you are feeling lucky. Your last step is to activate as many paylines as you wish from the 25 available. All these settings are made easy thanks to the arrows and switches right at the bottom of the screen.
All that is left to do at this point is to hit the Spin button and watch the reels start revolving and the symbols, hopefully, lining up. The Auto function will let the computer take the wheel and keep the action going automatically. The game will also give you a chance to double your last win by clicking the Take Risk button and play a quick card game: if you are lucky, you will uncover a card with a higher value than the computer’s and win, or lose it all.
You will find 12 beautifully drawn symbols in Geisha, all directly inspired by tradition Japanese culture and fitting perfectly within the frame of the game.
We start with the lowest paying symbols: the Sandals and Coins, followed by the Japanese ideogram for Love, the Shamisen (a traditional Japanese musical string instrument), the Tea Pot, the Fan and the Umbrella.
The most valuable icons are the three Geisha symbols, Red and Blue to start with and Yellow, which brings even higher stakes. Combinations of three or more of these symbols on an active payline will make you a winner! Each combo is accompanied by a beautiful animation where the symbols come to life. And the last two cards have a little extra in store as well.
The Japanese Carps, with their beautiful orange and white scales, are the Wild symbol in Geisha. They can substitute any basic symbol we have reviewed earlier, and in doing so they will award a x2 bonus. This means that any combination completed by one or more Carps will be worth twice as much as usual. A true blessing! The Carps are indeed considered as good-luck charms in Japan. A combination of three Carps is also the most valuable of all in Geisha!
The last symbol is the Scatter, a Temple under pink cherry blossoms. Three or more of them anywhere on the screen are treated as a winning combination, which will also trigger a 10 Free Spin Bonus. During these free games, the reels will be spinning automatically and two of them will be randomly replaced entirely by a Geisha bonus icon, which multiplies your wins by either 2, 3 or 5. Free Spins can be retriggered again if you find three more scatters, so stay alert!
Geisha is a beautiful Endorphina creation, with an immersive universe and a lot of detail work in symbol design. You will be hooked on it in no time!
Certain players might enjoy more fast-paced games with a more dynamic atmosphere, but the many bonuses and the aesthetics of Geisha will convince many.