With the highly anticipated release of Sakura Fortune 2, we already had a good dose of Japanese culture, but you can never have too much of something great, so today we’ll be diving deeper into the mythological side and also the imaginative side of Play’n GO. Speaking of their imagination, it’s quite impressive how each month Play’n GO have the ability to come up with a bunch of new ideas for their slots. Sure, some themes, like Ancient Egypt tends to get recycled from time to time, but in general, no slot has been an absolute bore. Tale of Kyubiko is next in line for our inspections, and truth to be told, we are excited to see what’s this one about.
The Tale of Kyubiko is certainly inspired by Japanese culture, but it’s not based on some real particular mythological character, instead, the story is about Inari, a mischievous spirit that appears to late-night travellers, leading them to its lair. We don’t know if this spirit is evil or good, but we have a feeling, that a spirit that drags you to its lair, has nothing good in its mind, but who knows, maybe it is just inviting us over for some sushi and sake. In Japanese culture, there is a spirit called Inari Okami, but it is responsible for general prosperity and success, so we don’t think that these spirits are related.
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Tale of Kyubiko Slot Review
Gameplay and Payouts
The Tale of Kyubiko is without a doubt a charming slot. Tall mountains, blooming cherry trees and artistic architecture, Tale of Kyubiko seemingly has it all. The music is beautiful and so is the general visual presentation. Can’t say that we expected anything less from Play’n GO. Perhaps, the biggest game-changer for a lot of players might be the game layout. The Tale of Kyubiko consists of only 3 reels and 3 rows, which might be considered outdated. In general, when it comes to 3x3 slots, our opinion is a bit divided. We like to see that providers are still going with the classic slot set-up, but we also know that the popularity of these slots is decreasing.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise, that Tale of Kyubiko comes with just 5 paylines. This is pretty much the case with any 3x3 slot. Eight game symbols are equally divided into lows and highs. Four low symbols are sky lanterns with card suites on them. A neat design, if we might add. Four highs are different animals, which have been giving human-like properties. From the lowest value to high we got a duck, frog, monkey and a hare, which is also the Wild symbol of the game. For three matching symbols, the reward is 10x, which leads us to conclude, that Tale of Kyubiko provides the best payouts only with the help of bonus features.
Play’n GO have kept things rather tame with the Tale of Kyubiko slot. It’s a medium volatility slot with a rather typical RTP of 96.29%. Keep in mind that this is the optimal RTP, as lower variants do exist. Tale of Kyubiko doesn’t really match with the best of the best out there, as the max win is 2,250x. This overall still is a decent payout model, it just lacks intensity, which again, tends to be common with these 3 by 3 slots. Like almost every Play’n GO slot, Tale of Kyubiko bet range is 0.10 – 100.
The spirit of Inari comes out to play during Tale of Kyubiko bonus features. During the course of the game, an Inari Stacked Wild may appear. This Wild completely covers the whole reel, providing a chance for bigger payouts. If the Inari Wild lands partly, it can still nudge a step up or down, this is called the Inari’s Fortune. Every win, that includes this Stacked Wild triggers the Inari’s Dance. In other words, you will be given a respin and the multiplier on the left side will increase. The multiplier can go up to 25x. The Inari Wild moves to a different position on each respin, hence it’s called the Inari’s Dance.
Behind the beauty and the charm of Tale of Kyubiko hides a rather simple slot, with limited options and features. If your main focus is what you see and hear, then Tale of Kyubiko will mesmerize you, but if you only care about payouts and mechanics behind the pretty picture, then Tale of Kyubiko can disappoint. The regular main game symbol payouts will pretty much get you nowhere, so it all comes down to the Inari Stacked Wilds and even then, your chances are not guaranteed. Stringing up a couple of respins and multipliers can bring you to a 2,250x win, which for a 3x3 slot is decent, but overall, Tale of Kyubiko isn’t the most reliable choice.
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