A game which has Japanese dolls for inspiration, Legend of Daruma has been released by Leander Games. It’s got a certain cartoon-like style which is modeled after traditional dolls from Japan, and it offers about four different special features that we’re going to discuss in detail below.
The fixed layout of Legend of Daruma will provide you with 50 lines each round, as you spin the 5 reels of 4 symbols each. $25,000 appears to be the highest that the game will go, payout wise. On the other hand, it has a mix of features which I consider at least decent, and which includes a Fireball bonus, Daruma Pop-up Wild, Gold Daruma Riding Wild, scatters, free spins and regular wilds.
Betting and Prizes
There is one way to reduce the number of active lines here, but it’s only used for the minimum line bet, of $0.01. It’s the option to use 25 lines for a wager of $0.25, though I wouldn’t recommend it since the RTP drops a bit as well. The regular wagers start from $0.50, and may reach a top value of $50. You can’t spend more than $1 per line.
Moving on to the high rewards, those will reach a value of just 500x the stake, which seems somewhat low. Luckily, there are good features which will make it a bit more likely to actually reach that top reward.
As for the RTP that’s mentioned for the game, it’s going to be set to 96.19% for the rounds where you use all 50 active lines, and it will drop slightly, to 96.02%, for the rounds with only half of the lines active. Obviously, I would recommend you keep all lines active.
Legend of Daruma Slot Features
Expect to find two different wild symbols, and both of them will be capable of paying the 500x prize which is the game’s jackpot. One is the Gold Daruma, the other is the Red Daruma. They can’t replace each other in wins, and they can’t take the place of the Dragon scatter either.
Via 3 to 5 Dragon scatters, the game will deliver 8, 12 or 16 spins for free. While you can’t retrigger this feature, you can win free re-spins with the help of Gold Daruma. These symbols will go up in size, to 2-4 positions, when they land on the reels, based on how many scatters triggered the feature.
Having a Gold Daruma land results in a free re-spin. You keep getting the re-spins for as long as these symbols are visible. They will move to the left each round, by one position, until they leave the game area.
The Daruma Pop-up Wild is a feature which may trigger at random. A red Daruma Tower will pop-up from beneath the reels, and it will transform the symbols it covers into wilds.
The next feature is called Fireball. It will occur at random as well. When triggered, it will spit fireballs which transform regular icons into Red Daruma Wilds.
Theme & Design
The Japanese theme is often a very good pick for developers, and in this case we’re looking at something that no other slot has tried before. The Daruma dolls are fun to watch, and the Japanese style is attractive, as always. You have these dolls in various colors, plus images of hand fans, flowers and coins. The lowest positions are occupied by Royals.
Legend of Daruma is a decent new release from Leander Games, featuring a unique theme and features, along with an above average Return to Player percentage.