Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

  • Casino: Miami Club
  • Category: Free Spins
  • Title: Cherry Blossoms
  • Type: 5 Reels, 20 Pay Lines, Wilds, Retriggering Free Spins, Gamble Feature, and Multiplier.
  • Genre: Japan
  • Bonus: 200 Free Spins
  • Software: WGS Technology
  • Summary: Head off to springtime in the Far East where the Cherry Blossom is in full bloom in this enjoyable 5-reel, 20 selectable pay line slot, with a 12,500 coin jackpot from WGS Technology.
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The Fall in Japan is rated as one of the most spectacular natural occurrences in nature, so to is springtime in Japan and in this part of the world, it is the spectacular sight of Cherry Blossom falling from the trees that is one of the more beautiful aspects of nature.

Given the abundance of Asian-themed slots available, it is not surprising that this is not the first Cherry Blossom slot on the market (indeed, there is another game released over ten years ago by a different company with the same name) so it is worth making sure that you are playing the right version of the slot when you search for it at your chosen casino.

WGS Technology version of the game is a 5-reel slot with 20 selectable lines in play and you can play from 0.01 per spin (or 0.20 as a minimum bet if you want to play all 20 pay lines) up to a maximum bet of 20.00 per spin, which is an ideal range for most punters. The jackpot is 12,500 coins in the base game.

So, does this Cherry Blossom foretell the imminent good fortune of a big win on its, way or is it simply going to be another Oriental-themed slot that doesn't really stand out from the crowd? Let's take a closer look and find out.

Overview

  • Game: Cherry Blossoms
  • Developer: WGS Technology
  • Reels: 5
  • Pay Lines: 20 (Selectable)
  • Minimum Bet: 0.01
  • Maximum Bet: 20.00
  • Jackpot: 12,500 coins
  • Free Spins Bonus: Yes
  • Other Bonuses: Yes
  • Progressive: No
  • Volatility: Medium

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Presentation

The presentation of the Cherry Blossoms slot is simple, but eye-catching with the main backdrop of the slot being, as you would expect, the blossom on a Cherry tree. The reels are superimposed over this and they have a white background. The graphics are nicely done, if a little simplistic, but the game rolls along at a decent pace as a result.

The sound is decent enough and won't have you reaching for the mute button within the first few spins and things get a little more interesting when you land some of the bonus features of the slot too. All in all, the slot is presented simply and effectively but it doesn't really have that WOW factor to get you feeling this is a game you will fall in love with when playing.

What's on the reels?

There are a number of items on the reels and the lowest value of them are the playing card symbols. There are six of these in total ranging from the nine through to the ace, and these pay out from 5 coins for the lowest value pay, up to 200 coins for five of the Ace or King across the reels.

I am always a little disappointed when you have a game, especially an Asian-themed slot, that has playing card low symbols as there are so many other symbols that fit in better with eastern-styled slots that would do the job.

Alongside the lower value symbols are four higher value symbols and these are the Geisha fan and lantern, the silver bell and lastly the large pagoda. These offer a range of wins from 10 coins up to the jackpot twin of 2,500 coins for five Pagoda symbols across the reels.

One small thing to note, the two higher value symbols (Pagoda and Silver bell) also offer very small 2-coin wins for landing two symbols across the reels. These wins are not huge, but you can land them frequently.

Wild features

The Geisha symbol is the in game Wild and this symbol is also the key to the bigger wins in the game in general. Of course, the Geisha will serve you by replacing other symbols on the reels to help land a win or increase the size of a win, but it is when you land several of the Geisha symbols across the reels that things get interesting.

Land two and you win 10 coins, but three triggers a 200-coin win, four is 2,000 coins worth and land all five Geisha symbols on a single pay line and you win the 12,500-coin jackpot in the game. It is worth noting on any win where the Geisha acts as a wild, she will also pay a 2x multiplier on those wins to increase the value of them considerably.

Free Spins features

The key to the Free Spins bonus in the game is the Cherry Blossom Scatter symbol, which also offers a payout when you land two or more across the reels. Land two and you win 2x your total bet, land three and you win 5x your bet, four will see you win 20x your bet and lastly hit all five and you will land a huge 200x your total bet as a cash prize.

That is not all though as three or more of the Scatters will trigger the Free Spins feature. Three Scatters sees you win 15 Free Spins, four will land you 20 Free Spins, while land all five across the reels for 25 Free Spins.

You can re-trigger this bonus from within the bonus round itself and one of the best aspects is that any win landed with a Geisha Wild during the Free Spins bonus pays a massive 6x multiplier, which really ramps up the value on the wins in the bonus round.

Other bonus features

When playing in the real money mode, you also have one additional feature in play and that is the Gamble bonus button. When you land any win in the base game or Free Spins, you can elect to gamble the amount you have won up to five times.

Click on the Gamble button to do this and you then get to pick from one of two gambles. If you can predict the correct color of the card selected (a 50/50 chance) then you will double your winnings. If you can correctly guess the suit of the card selected (a 1/4 chance) then you will quadruple the amount of money you win.

You can gamble your winnings up to five times if you choose but remember that if you lose on any gamble, then you lose your winnings. Also if you hit a jackpot win, then this may not be gambled.

Best feature of the Cherry Blossoms slot

There's no doubt that the Wild symbol is the real star of the show in the Cherry Blossoms slot. Not only does it offer you the biggest win in the base game, but it also offers a 2x multiplier on all the wins it is part of in the base game.

During Free Spins though, it's value is even greater as it will apply a 6x win to the standard win amount when landed in the bonus round and there is no doubt that all the bigger value wins in the Cherry Blossoms slot tend to come when the Wild is involved on the reels.

What does the Cherry Blossoms slot lack?

This is a very solid slot but I feel it would have been enhanced perhaps by the addition of a randomly triggered bonus feature in the base game. It can be quite some time before you access Free Spins in the base game and although the Wild wins are good value, triggering some other bonus feature, such as a simple pick-me game, would have broken the slot up a little more and given the players an additional bonus to focus on.

Conclusion

WGS Technology slot games are a little hit and miss at times but I think the Cherry Blossoms slot is very much one of their better ones. It's not that the slot is packed with masses of features and other bonuses, it has the typical Wild and Scatter-induced Free Spins bonuses, but they are very well done and offer the player some genuinely generous pay-outs. Add to that a decent base game and some nice graphics and this is a decent all-round slot for mid to lower stakes players in particular.

Ratings

  • Presentation: 13 / 20 - Cherry Blossoms isn't a slot that is dripping with technological innovations but what it does do is give you a five-reel slot with Free Spins and Wilds in a very easy to follow format, at an affordable price for all slot players and with some very decent prizes up for grabs. Sure, the sound and graphics could have been improved, but there are some nice touches, such as the Cherry Blossom symbol animation, which do give the game a bit of a lift.
  • Game-play: 13 / 20 - You do require a bit of patience to get the very best out of the Cherry Blossoms slot. As a medium variance game, wins don't come along as often as on a lower variance slot, so you do need to wait out those longer runs without wins. However, usually your patience is rewarded with some better value wins, but I feel a randomly triggered bonus in the base game would have given the game play a bit of an additional kick.
  • Bonus Features: 14 / 20 - It is rare that I give a slot that simply has the two, what I would now term as the standard 5-reel slot bonuses of a Wild and Free Spins a mark above 12, but I've done that here because I think both the bonus features on the Cherry Blossoms slot have been amped-up. The Wild multiplier is very beneficial in the base game but especially in Free Spins where it turns a 3x multiplier into a 6x multiplier and this does make a big difference when playing the slot.
  • Entertainment Factor: 14 / 20 - Cherry Blossoms is a pleasing slot to play and that stems from the fact that the bonus features of the slot do pay exceedingly well when you can land them on the reels. It does take a bit of patience to do that, especially for the Free Spins bonus, but the base game is helped along by Wild wins which pay a 2x multiplier and some generous higher value wins using the higher value symbols. It isn't the most exciting slot to look out, but it is a game that has it where it counts.
  • Play Value: 12 / 20 - As a medium variance slot, Cherry Blossoms is never going to be throwing money at players and as such, you do require a bit of patience to get the best out of the game however I do feel that a patient approach to play is rewarded when you trigger Free Spins and with the occasional bigger value win in the base game. Be careful not to play this slot for too big a percentage of your bankroll on each spin as you can go a fair few spins without a big win, but if you can withstand that then some big value prizes can come your way.
  • Overall 66 / 100 - Cherry Blossoms is a very decent slot game from WGS Technology. It doesn't offer anything radical in terms of features, bonuses or game-play, but what it does is take the basic ingredients of a typical 5-reel slot and polishes them to perfection. The Free Spins and Wild bonus features really lift the slot nicely and if you want to play a simple, 5-reel game with good bonuses and medium variance, you won't find too many better available than Cherry Blossoms.

Good Luck!

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