There are few anime shows that are as well-known as Sailor Moon, and the Moon Princess slot by Play N Go is obviously very heavily influenced by it. The theme in this game centers around three magical princesses and their powers that help them to give you opportunities to win on the reels. You'll have an anime-style set of graphics in front of you the whole time as well, and this game's structure and feature set is designed to give you just as much action as the original anime.
This video slot uses a format that's a bit different than the traditional payline-based layout. There are five rows and five columns of symbols that create a 25-spot grid. However, you can make winning combinations anywhere on that grid horizontally or vertically with three symbols or more in a row. This means the traditional payline structure is out the window.
Along with this, you get a different type of betting approach. You'll wager between $0.20 and $100 on each spin just depending on how much you want to bet. All of your wins are based on a multiple of how much you're betting per spin, so there's no consideration for different numbers of coins and other controls. This simplified approach to betting works really well here.
Wilds and Princess Symbols
The wild symbol in this game is based on the moon, which makes sense given the title of the game. You'll see the moon with a golden seal around it, and this symbol pays out 50x for five of a kind as it appears on every column.
Along with this are three princess symbols for Love, Star and Storm. These princesses are the most important symbols in the game, even in competition with the wild, because of their influence on features. They each pay 10x for five of a kind. However, any five of them in any combination or order will also pay 5x, so they work together to give you wins.
Princess Trinity Power
All three of the princesses can come together to give you the Princess Trinity Power feature. There's a meter on the bottom-left corner of the game, and it increases every time you hit a winning combination that consists of princesses. Three-of-a-kind wins fill one section, four fills two and five fills three. When the meter is full, you get a free round where all three of the Girl Power features listed below are activated.
Girl Power Features
Each of the three princesses have their own Girl Power. Love turns all of one symbol into another, and Star adds extra wilds to the game. Storm picks two symbols on the game board and removes them completely from play. The idea here is that all three of these will increase your chances of winning. They hit at random after spins where you don't win anything, but all three of them happen during the Princess Trinity Power feature.
Free Spins Feature
If you clear the entire game board with cascading wins (which give an increasing multiplier), then you will get a set of free spins. You'll get one of the Girl Power features active during the entire feature, and you can trigger extra free spins as well. If you clear the game board during this free spins feature, which is easier thanks to the Girl Power features, you'll win an instant payout worth 100 times your bet.
Other Wins and Payouts
Four other paying symbols are on the game board other than the wilds and the three princesses. The golden bell and the heart symbol pay 3x for five of a kind. You'll also pick up 2x for five of the blue star or the green circle around a golden rainbow.
Moon Princess is a video slot that has a different type of theme than what you normally see in the genre, but they've made this theme an integral part of the gameplay. Every aspect of this game pulls together to create an immersive, cohesive experience, and that's exactly how you build a game with tremendous replay value. This is a great example of Play N Go's ability to create super-solid titles out of just about any kind of theme, and it also shows that they can break out of the box and use formats that are non-standard to give players awesome and exciting experiences.