This Aristocrat slot is based on the ancient Japanese tradition of Geisha’s. It started off as a live casino slot, and is now available online and via a paid app from the Apple store. While you won’t be able to play the App for real money, the other platforms offer you the chance to win from both standard play and the free spins bonus feature.
Geisha is retro in look and feel. The graphics are colorful, though they do not match up to the most recent video slots. This game has up to 25 win lines. While the look is very distinctive, the familiar sounds of the reels stopping and computerized jingles for wins will be familiar to fans of Aristocrat slots. I will say that the sound effects for the wins including the Geisha symbol (the wild) is horrible, though overall this slot is very playable.
Before you start to play, you’ll need to take a moment to configure the lines and coin size. Most gambling sites will start this on the high side. While they do not expect most people to bet $25 per spin, the trick is to make the cheaper amounts a long way away in the hope you will stop before you hit the minimum. With wild symbols available, you’ll maximize your wins by choosing all 25 lines. You can bet from 1c per line (25c with max lines) up to $100 per line for a giant $2500 per spin.
The top symbol in this game is the Geisha herself. You can win up to 9000 coins for 5 of these on a win line. This is also the wild symbol, as usual it can substitute for any symbol except the scatter. Any wins which include this wild symbol are doubled. The scatter is a Japanese symbol with sunset background, this pays in any position and will also trigger the free spins round if you get 3 or more. Other symbols include the golden dragon, bird and fan – as well as a picture of mount Fiji.
As with all Aristocrat slots, the playing cards ace down to nine make up the remainder of the winning symbols.
After any win you will be offered the chance to gamble. This involves choosing black or red or a specific suit for a playing card drawn at random.
The bonus is triggered by 3, 4 or 5 Japanese characters in any position. This is a straightforward feature, with 15 free spins – and each win multiplied by 3. This increases the top line win to a healthy 27,000 coins (for 5 Geisha symbols). Free spins can be retriggered in this game.
One unusual aspect of this slot is that there are no extra benefits in the bonus round for hitting 4 or 5 scatters as opposed to 3. You will win more coins before the free spins even begin, though most slots offer extra spins in this situation on top.
The Geisha tradition goes back more than 400 years, though is less common today. It can take up to 2 hours to get ready, and the kimonos worn by Geishas can take up to 3 years to manufacture. If a Geisha wishes to marry, they are expected to leave the profession. Apprentice Geisha dye their teeth black, making them easily recognized as trainees.
Aristocrat slots often fall into the ‘plain looking and very playable’ category. Geisha is a great example of exactly this. The graphics are plain and the playing options are limited, though at the same time this is an enjoyable game.
The bonus round does have a 3x multiplier throughout, which means you’ll often win big when this is triggered. For me this more than makes up for the lack of extra wilds or other features which other slots use in similar circumstances. I recommend this game as one to see for yourself, especially if your preference is for the plainer and more playable slot games.