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Lucky Koi is based around a Japanese fishing tournament, and as well as enjoying the calming beauty of the game and the fish that play a starring role, you will also be trying your best to catch them during the bonus round. The backdrop is of a calm lake, with the symbols sitting carefully in place like leafs floating on the surface of the water. The graphics are not 3D, but they are still sharp enough to make this a very attractive slot.
There are 25 paylines in total and the wild is one of the biggest symbols, returning 200x your total bet. The koi symbols return the same amount, but you will actually get the biggest return from the scatter symbol. As well as triggering the free spins round, this symbol also returns an instant win, which increases depending on how many of them you land. The lowest paying symbol is the dragonfly, but the turtle and the frog also return very little.
Lucky Koi has two features. The scatter symbol returns the biggest wins, because as well as an instant win as soon as the scatter symbols land, it also unlocks between 10 and 30 free spins. You will also get a multiplier of up to 5x, which is why this feature tends to return an impressive amount on average, around 1.5x per free spin.
The second feature invites you to fish for the koi you have spent the last half hour or so admiring. You can pick between 3 and 6 of these and you will get a multiplier for each one you catch. These are added together before unlocking a cash amount when the round is over. This is a promising feature, but the free spins feature tends to be more generous.
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Lucky Koi is a little different to the games we usually review. The emphasis is not on loud noises, big lights and flash visuals, but on a calming ambiance. The most surprising thing about it is that it works. There is a decent RTP, some very rewarding features, and an impressive aesthetic, making this a great game all-round.