Koi Gate from Habanero: Slot Review - reel in a big win!

Take a trip to a mystical koi pond where some magical fish and a dragon await you.

Koi are colourful domesticated varieties of common carp and they are usually kept for decorative purposes in koi ponds, water gardens, and indoor tanks. They are extremely popular in Japan where they are known as Nishikigoi and the most popular category of koi is the Gosanke. According to Asian culture, this fish is known to bring good luck and the reason for the small fish tutorial is because software producer Habanero decided to release a slot all about this gorgeous looking fish.

The slot has 5 reels, 18 paylines and comes with some interesting features such as respins, a gamble mode, and expanding wilds.

Koi Gate Screenshot

Special Features

The first feature to mention is the Wild symbol and this is illustrated by a bright red Koi. It substitutes for all other symbols in the game but only appears on reels 2, 3, and 4. A neat thing about this symbol is if it is part of a winning combination on a reel then it will expand to cover all positions on the reel. This greatly enhances your chances of a big payout so try to land as many of these symbols as you can while playing the game.

The Koi symbol is not the only Wild symbol in the game as the Dragon symbol is also a Wild symbol and it substitutes for all other symbols to complete wins. The Dragon symbol is the highest paying symbol in the game so it provides you with an excellent opportunity to bag some nice payouts when it helps form a win on the reels.

The main attraction of this game is the Respin feature. To trigger it, all you have to do is land the Koi symbol anywhere on the reels. Additional respins are awarded when another Koi symbol appears anywhere during this feature. The feature ends when no more Koi symbols appear. The great thing about respins is that all wins are doubled so expect a hefty payout if you use these respins wisely.

The last feature to mention is the Gamble mode. This is triggered when you form a winning combination on the reels and it involves choosing a higher card than the dealer’s card. If you beat the dealer then your winnings are doubled. Be careful in this game as if you pick a lower card than the dealer then you will lose all of your winnings from that spin and return to the main game.

Theme and Graphics

The game is just mesmerising to look at as it is breathing with life and colour on every screen. The backdrop of the game is a pond with some koi, lush plants, and sakura flowers adorning the reels. The symbols are wonderfully detailed and consist of temples, water lilies, plants, and a dragon. I liked how the background of the game turns to a dark blue setting when you trigger the respins feature. The animations are a joy to look at, especially when you land the Koi symbol and it swims rapidly and then expands to cover a whole reel.

The music is excellent and as you would expect it is distinctly Asian-based. It compliments the game superbly and provides a tranquil atmosphere as you spin the reels.

Win lines, Payouts and Jackpots

The game has 18 paylines and an unbelievable maximum payout of 2,500,000 for any spin!

Below is a summary taken from the PayOut Table from the game. The amount won for each combination depends on the value of the line bet when you spin the reels.

Coin size range:
0.01, 0.02, 0.05,0.10, 0.20, 0.50, 1.00, 2.00, 5.00

  • Green Dragon Symbol: 20 for 3X, 100 for 4X, 150 for 5X
  • Red Temple Symbol: 20 for 3X, 100 for 4X, 120 for 5X
  • Water Lily Symbol: 10 for 3X, 30 for 4X, 60 for 5X
  • Green Plant Symbol: 7 for 3X, 20 for 4X, 40 for 5X
  • Orange Leaf Symbol: 5 for 3X, 12 for 4X, 30 for 5X
  • Blue Wave Symbol: 4 for 3X, 10 for 4X, 25 for 5X
  • A Symbol: 3 for 3X, 7 for 4X, 20 for 5X
  • K Symbol: 3 for 3X, 7 for 4X, 20 for 5X
  • Q Symbol: 2 for 3X, 5 for 4X, 15 for 5X
  • J Symbol: 2 for 3X, 5 for 4X, 15 for 5X

Our Verdict on Koi Gate

Koi Gate is made by Habanero and it’s a beautiful looking game both to play and to just look at. Although it does not contain that many features, it is definitely up there with some of the fine slots that Habanero have been releasing lately. The game is of medium variance and it is nice it pays out both ways so there is the potential to for some decent payouts from left to right as well as right to left. The fact that you can win a mammoth 2,500,000 should reel in plenty of players to have a go at this fantastic slot.

Make a big splash in Koi Gate!