This slot has s sci-fi thriller look and feel to it, though is not based on the recent movie of the same name. The graphics are more anime, with a female host to the left of the reels and dramatic music playing while you spin.
There are some good reasons to check out this 888 slot. These include a free spins bonus round, an on-reel mini-picks game and a 3x multiplier wild symbol. Topping these is a progressive jackpot. This is triggered at random.
If you are at all familiar with 888’s own slots, then the 5 reel by 3 row grid with 9 win lines will come as no surprise to you. This was the default for many years. The reels are further to the right than for most games – leaving room for the host and the ever-growing jackpot prize. You can play this game from just 45c a spin and up.
Some grey and sinister looking characters are the high paying symbols. These include a guy with long hair as the top paying symbol. He is pointing a gun at you, and is worth 3000 coins if you manage to hit 5 on a win-line. Next comes a very grey and very villainous looking guy (1000 coins), a grey-haired professor type (750 coins), a robot (600) and a guy who looks like he has just lost something (300).
Playing cards make up the lower paying symbols. These are in circles and have a sci-fi look to them. There are aces down to tens on the reels.
Wild symbols have an abstract pattern and are a lot brighter than most of the regular symbols. There are two types of these. The normal one has yellow writing. This simply substitutes for the regular symbols, helping to create extra wins. The other one is a 3x wild, with this written on it in red. This one will multiply any wins it helps to create by 3. This means that 4 of the lead character, plus one wild gives you the top line payout of a generous 9000 coins.
If you hit one of the top two characters in two special positions in the same spin, you will trigger a mini-picks game. The positions are the middle of row 1, plus the middle of row 5. When this happens, you will be invited to click on one of them. This will reveal an instant win prize.
The main bonus game is free spins, which is triggered by hitting 3 or more of the scatter symbols anywhere in view. You get 10 spins for 3, 20 for 4 and 30 for the maximum 5 scatters. Other than different (equally dramatic) music and a counter above the reels for your wins and remaining spins, this bonus game is the same as the base game. You can retrigger for more spins, and hit the 3x wild symbols during play.
I like the way the designers have made this slot edgy. Dramatic drumming music, visuals which fade in and out (as if losing signal) and flashing light effects combine well together. If you are used to more relaxed games, you might find the overall effect a little too hectic.
An anime type hostess sits to the left of the reels, changing position and expression occasionally. Above the reels the logo flashes and crackles. The overall color scheme is purple, blue and silver. This works well (as strange as it might sound!).
When the reels come to a stop, there is a sound effect like an old-style camera shooting pictures. This is combined with sci-fi type beeps.
As with most early 888 slots, there are no real animations of the symbols. With flashing lights and lines creating the only movement. Overall the effect is very edgy, though the game is starting to show some signs of old age!
Not only does this game look different to most 888 slots, it feels different to play too. Most games are smooth and relaxing, while Ghost in the Shell is deliberately dramatic and edgy. There are other reasons to play besides the atmosphere. These start with the 3x wilds, which can turn regular wins into big ones before you know it. While the picks game is more of an interlude to break up the base game – the free spins can get you some bigger wins.