Ronin Stackways Slot Features
Inside an ornate torii gate, a 5x4 grid offers payouts whenever at least 3 matching symbols form an uninterrupted sequence along neighboring reels. Every qualifying combination must start from the left side of the panel and continue right. During regular spins, all 1,024 ways are in play, although that number can increase even to 100,000 thanks to the Stackways™ functionality. Regular prizes range from 0.1 to 0.7 times the bet when landing combinations made of low-value royal letters and from 0.5 to 4 times when scoring on premium animal warrior portraits.
Stackways are represented by two special symbols: Normal Stackways™ (with a value of 2, 3, or 4) and Revealing Stackways™ (with a value of 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10). Upon landing, if there's a possibility to create a win, they expand to cover the entire height of the column, and the number represents the amount of identical paying symbols included in that area. Stackways™ always chooses the longest possible combination when activating. If two or more icons create equally long sequences, the choice is random between them.
Landing 3 FS Scatters activates the bonus with 10 free spins. During the round, more Stackways™ symbols are present on the reels to increase the frequency of the feature. Scoring 2 or 3 additional FS Scatters awards 2 or 4 extra spins, respectively.
Super Stack Spins
Landing 4 FS Scatters activates the bonus with 10 free spins. The round functions identically to Stack Spins, although with only the Revealing Stackways™ symbols present.
Customary to slots by Hacksaw Gaming, the game offers several possibilities to trigger features and bonuses instantly for a fixed buy-in:
- Bonushunt offers 5 times higher chance to trigger a bonus for 3 x bet.
- Stackways™ guarantees at least 2 Stackways™ symbols landing for 40 x bet.
- Stack Spins for 100 x bet.
- Super Stack Spins for 200 x bet.
Charming, captivating, majestic - those are the words coming to mind on first contact with Ronin Stackways. The game boasts an absolutely magical atmosphere through a fantastic audiovisual package teeming with enticing views of the location and masterfully-crafted symbols. We must hand it to the artists that they can make even the low-value royals look impressive. It's undoubtedly one of the most visually-alluring slots built around Japanese culture and history.
The technical side comes across as somewhat similar to the previous release based on the new mechanics - Mayan Stackways. Nothing wrong with that, of course. Just like many Megaways slots offer a similar base gameplay, Ronin Stackways holds many similarities to its predecessor. In fact, it sticks even closer to the feature, splitting it into two special symbols and assigning each to one of the bonus rounds. That definitely took away some diversity compared to Mayan Stackways, where an entirely different hold&win style stage was available. But, on the other hand, it makes the game all about those massively engaging increased ways. Both approaches will surely find their enthusiasts. For us, a slightly wider range of different features hits the spot, but we fully understand the creators' motivation to test a slot that puts all eggs into one basket.