Based on the arcade game, Raiden is an all-action slot with cascading reels, increasing multipliers and free spins. Spin Games have done a good job of capturing the adrenaline rush of the original game in this five-reel, 20-payline slot. An RTP of 94.50% and medium volatility complete the picture.
Raiden Graphics & Theme
Spin Games free slots are known for the quality of their sounds and visuals, and Raiden doesn’t disappoint. This slot not only captures the spirit of the original but far surpasses it with some superb visuals and a banging soundtrack that sounds like every space wars movie at once.
The reels are jam-packed with spacecraft of every shape and size, all hurtling into deep space. There’s not a royal in site and space geeks will love the detailing and the look and feel of this game. Spin Games' art department have played a blinder here, and it helps to give this game a distinctive, dynamic and ultra-playable look.
Raiden RTP (Payout) & Volatility
Before you blast off, it's worth looking at the metrics of this game to understand what payout ratio you could expect and where your wins are coming from. The RTP of 94.5% is a little on the low side, but this theoretical figure is only a guideline and really depends on the denomination of your bets and the number of games you spin in any session.
There’s medium volatility on offer, which means you’ll find wins coming from the low-value base game and the bonus features. These are notoriously difficult to shoot down, so be prepared to keep your bankroll out of harm's way.
How to Play Raiden Slots
Open up the reels, and you’ll find all the intel you need in the player interface at the foot of the screen. Setting your wager couldn’t be easier. Choose a coin value from 0.01 to 1.00 and a bet per line level of 1 to 20. Casual players will be happy to stick with wagers from 0.20 over the 20 fixed paylines, but high rollers will be hitting the Max button to spin for 400 credits a game.
The ease of setup is impeccable, with up to 500 autospins just a click or tap away. Turbo speed spins are a great way to optimise each session, while some versions include a handy left/right hand setup wthat makes these games truly inclusive. Setup is perfect for mobile play, too, and puts everything just a tap or click away from the player who just wants to get into combat.
How To Win at Raiden Slot
Just one spin can deliver multiple wins in this cascading reels slot, so look out for the matching symbol wins on any payline. We’ll explain more about the way this rather unique cascade mechanism works, but there’s potential for some massive wins with the climbing multiplier.
Base game payouts are multiplied by your bet credit, with all values given in the paytable for one credit. The five big fighters pay either 30 or 50 credits for five of a kind, but the big prizes on offer here are provided by the red rocket Wild and the Raiden scatter. The former pays a top prize of 500 for five of a kind at one credit, while the Raiden symbols can pay up to 208 credits for eight of a kind, which can only occur in the cascading reels feature.
Raiden Demo Play / Free Play
There’s plenty to feast your eyes and ears on and a somewhat unique cascading reels feature, so this slot takes a little getting used to. That’s where demo play comes into its own. Imagine choosing Raiden at a real-money casino because you loved the arcade game only to blow up your bankroll in just a few spins. Free play lets you get to know the intricacies of the game play and assess the frequency of any bonus features in real time but without the pressure of playing with your own money.
Instead, you can enjoy some risk-free spins at your own pace with time to fully check out the paytable and paylines, adjust the game setup and generally have a blast. If you're new to slots, it’s a chance to sharpen up your wagering skills and find out where you’re most comfortable. For casual players who don’t mind winning fun-money prizes, it’s a great way to enjoy a new slot.
Raiden Bonus Features & Free Spins
Wild: The red rocket does substitutionary duties for all other symbols except the Raiden scatter. That’s pretty standard, except that all substitution wins payout with a 2x multiplier.
Cascade feature: Each time you spin the reels, the weapon spinner will also spin, landing on one of the three options: Red Vulcan, Blue Laser, or Purple Plasma.
The various spaceships are also framed in either red, blue or purple. Score a line win with at least one framed ship that matches the colour of the chosen weapon and the arcade cascade feature begins. Once the feature is triggered, all symbols with a frame colour that matches the chosen weapon will be destroyed and more symbols will tumble into place. This will also cause the weapon colour to change. Wins will be calculated on the new matrix, and the cascades will continue until no more symbols can be removed. The weapons spinner can also land on the triangular Bomb symbol, in which case every symbol except the scatters is blasted away.
Increasing Multipliers: For every four symbols removed, the multiplier will increase by 1x. This is re-evaluated on every cascade spin and does not accumulate throughout the entire feature.
Free Games: Getting three or more of the Raiden game symbol will trigger 15 free games. Different reels are used and the cascade feature is disabled, but the free spins feature can be retriggered.
The best way to score a really big win in this slot is to bet as high as possible because there’s huge potential in the cascade feature. Those multiple wins definitely work in your favour, but you’ll need to buckle up and manage your bankroll not to get blasted away in the empty spins.
Successful players always set a budget for each session that’s based on the money they can afford to lose. Your budget should be based on available cash after all your outgoings are covered. Then, it’s just a question of walking away when you hit that limit and not chasing your losses or playing with rent money.
Raiden Slot On Mobile
This slot is a dazzling feast for the eye, coming as close as possible to arcade action on the reels. The good news is that a smaller, sharper screen just enhances the experience. Don’t bother playing in portrait mode, where the screen gets squashed and busy; this game demands all the screen real estate that landscape mode provides.
Raiden was created using HTML5 technology, so there’s no need to download additional software to have a blast playing this slot across multiple platforms including mobile and tablet. In-browser slots deliver the goods on Apple iOS, Android and Windows operating systems, and the experience here was flawless, with super smooth spins and fast loading times considering the graphical complexity.
Raiden Review & Rating
If you play the Raiden arcade game, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the action on offer in this slot. Graphically superb with a banging soundtrack, this is a high-potential space slot with some unique features that bring the arcade to the reels.
The cascade feature is brilliant, delivering the opportunity for multiple wins if only a single winning symbol matches the weapons spinner. Landing the Bomb gives you a complete wipeout and the chance to make an even bigger bang. It’s a really well thought-out feature that is the main attraction of this slot, and it's a shame it doesn’t feature in the free spins. The increasing multipliers can also be a bit hit and miss.
None of that detracts from what is a really good-looking game with plenty of dynamic action. We also enjoyed a few spins on the superb Star Trek The Next Generation slots with a higher RTP of 95.5% and some incredible bonus features.
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