We may not like to think of it in that way, but our society is fragile. All of our comforts exist solely because we manage to maintain the infrastructure of electricity, water supply and transport. All of these could easily be disrupted given the right conditions. In a world where we’ve progressed beyond our current technological levels, that over-reliance on machines has led to humanity’s downfall. And so, HA-42, one of humanity’s last and greatest creations finds herself protecting what remains of the race that built her, battling against the dangerous Kaiju monsters. Kaiju is a high variance offering with a jackpot worth 1,305x your wager, an expanding playing field, sticky Wilds and free spins.
We quite like the calm and serene look of the backdrop image combined with the fact all the lights are still running, even if there’s nobody there to take advantage of the futuristic looking city. It gives the whole game an oddly cyberpunk feeling, only there’s no more corporations oppressing the commoners, because what’s left of humanity is too busy hiding from the huge monsters hunting them down. When the features are activated, the battle sequences also can show three different monsters and the visuals portray them rather amazingly, making you understand just how massive they are compared to HA-42. Symbols include credit chips which display different colors and values, which reflect the maximum coin win you can get from them, as well as three different colored gemstones, which pay more and increase in complexity. Gameplay-wise, the whole point of Kaiju is to climb upwards. All the features and the wins have the end goal of expanding the playing field, increasing the amount of ways you can win until you reach the maximum of 7,776 ways to win on a 6x5 playing field.
When you have three identical symbols connected vertically, a laser shoots upwards and reveals Wild on the row above. During normal gameplay, this doesn’t have any great effect, but it does when it’s used in addition to the HA-42 free spins, activated when you collect three of the humanoid robot’s symbols on the second, third and fourth reel at the same time. You start with seven free spins, and face off against three different Kaiju. Each one has a different pattern of hot-spots, which spells out Kaiju at different heights. The end goal of the bonus is to collecting enough vertical beams to expand the reels upwards and to reach the hot-spot where the letters are. Once all the hot-spots are activated, symbols in vertical paylines are turned into sticky Wilds, which stay in their place for the remainder of free spins.
We have to admit, it’s quite a novel take on things, and we were quite pleased to see ELK Studios create something new and exciting for us to try out. We liked the idea of climbing up the reels and growing the amount of ways you can win as time goes on, but the fact you can only do this in free spins felt a bit like a missed opportunity. Still, with a 96.3% RTP that sits above average for video slots, we really can’t say no to it, and we hope you liked what you heard enough to give it a try.