Moon Princess Review
Whether you’re a fan or not, anime is becoming part of mainstream culture in the West. When companies like Netflix are launching their exclusive anime productions, you know it has become a big deal.
Play’n GO are also getting on board with Moon Princess. Does this online slot have what it takes to woo a modern audience?
- 5000x jackpot
- Obvious anime-inspired theme
- Three different free spins types
For many of us, anime has always been something for kids to watch. While there are more mature shows with interesting stories, this casino game is not one of them.
It draws its inspiration from shows like Sailor Moon. Cute girls with magical powers saving the day. It is not everyone’s cup of tea, but the developers make it work.
No doubt owing to its progressive multiplier, random Girl Power bonuses and Princess Trinity free round.
Theme, Graphics and Sounds
This release is clearly designed to appeal to women. The background image is rather plain.
A sky with a couple of clouds on it, whose colour changes depending on the currently active Moon Princess.
Who floats next to your reel is changed when that particular princess’ Girl Power bonus activates. The design may be simple, but it works wonderfully.
You play this slot on a five-reel, five-row board with cluster pays. That means you need at least three matching symbols to appear in adjacent positions, horizontally or vertically.
If this condition is met, you receive the relevant cash prize. There are no paylines, so you do not have to worry about strictly following them.
The game employs some variation of cascading reels. Winning icons will disappear from the board.
However, new symbols will not appear to fill in the empty spaces. Two systems are in place to make up for that. First, each consecutive win increases the progressive multiplier by one.
The multiplier resets on the following spin. Second, three-of-a-kind wins create Wilds, which in turn help you create more wins.
All three Girl Power bonuses can be activated randomly on non-winning spins. Each princess has her own power.
Their powers are as follows:
- Love transforms one set of icons into another symbol
- Star creates up to two Wilds
- Storm destroys up to two sets of any icon
Every time you land a princess win, it fills the meter on the bottom left corner of the screen.
When the meter fills, players unlock the Princess Trinity free round. Each princess will appear once, using her Girl Power bonus to help you clear the reels.
Moon Princess Free Spins
If you manage to leave the playing field empty, you unlock a free spins round. At this point, you can choose one of three free spins options.
Your options are as follows.
- Love princess with four free spins
- Star princess with five free spins
- Storm princess with eight free spins
Fewer free spins means higher risk, but also higher winning potential. The chosen princess’ power will be active on every non-winning free spin.
The multiplier also does not reset between free spins. This allows it to climb up to 20x. Fully charging the meter again grants more free spins, for a maximum of twenty extra turns.
Where To Play Moon Princess?
RTP, bet sizes and volatility
The RTP for this release is 96.5%. This is above the 96% current industry average.
You can bet between $0.20 and $100 on each spin. Players change their bet by using the plus and minus buttons on the user interface. Browse through available wagers and then click or tap the bet you want to play.
The biggest prize you can win is 5000x your total stake. Do not expect to get that win anytime soon, as it requires you reaching a 20x multiplier.
Of course, this is expected, given that Moon Princess has a high volatility.
Honestly, the theme will not suit everyone’s tastes. Magical girl anime certainly makes for flashy visuals, but we doubt it has the same appeal as ancient Egypt.
Still, we do have to praise Play’n GO for trying something different. The gameplay loop will be very familiar from their other cluster pay slots.
We enjoyed our time playing this game, but we do not think we will be returning to it. We rate this release 3 out of 5 stars.