An interactive slot machine game with a unique Japanese twist, Japan-o-Rama is visually appealing and thematically accurate. It has references to most things people would connect with Japan, including sushi, ninja, samurai swords, schoolgirls, anime-styled cats, advanced technology, and a certain wildcard symbol of a famous giant lizard stomping through Tokyo. All of this is accompanied by gentle oriental-style woodwind instruments that keep you calm while the reel spins.
Japan-o-Rama is an interactive slot machine (i-Slot) and is played by betting on lines of three rows and five columns. You can bet in increments of $.01, $.05, $.10, and $.25 across a total of 20 lines. Your total amount of money is displayed in the bottom left, with your last win appearing just above it. There are user-friendly buttons to assist with betting including increasing or decreasing coin denomination, number of coins, number of lines, and max bet. When a bet is placed and you click the “Spin” button on the bottom right, five reels start to spin and stop after a few seconds. Three symbols or more must line up to win, with four and five symbols in a row increasing the amount won. With a maximum of ten $0.25 coins across twenty lines, you’re looking at a maximum bet of $50 per spin. When the stakes are high, the pay-offs are incredible!
Bonus rounds are achieved for having the reels land on three sumo wrestlers. These bonus rounds take the form of a pachinko machine (which also originated in Japan!) and depending on the points your pachinko balls accumulate, you can end up with a pretty nice bonus on top of your winnings. Five free spins are obtained by the reels landing on 3 Geisha symbols. The samurai sword represents the jackpot, which increases for each additional samurai sword in a row. The giant lizard symbol represents a wildcard and counts as any symbol on the reel. These wildcard symbols can only appear in the first three reels, however. Further details can be found by clicking the “Pay Table” button on the top left and right sides of the screen.
If you’re a fan of I-Slot games, Japan-o-Rama is worth your time. According to the statistics found on the help screen, the game has a payback percentage of 93.71% which is quite high for an I-Slot. If you or anyone you know is a fan of Japanese culture, it is a must-play.