Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior Slot Review
Theme and general information
Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior was announced some time ago, and the excitement for this slot was great. The theme is included in the title, as it is a licensed slot based on the 1991 video game of the same name, Arcades. NetEnt has teamed up with Capcom, the developer of the original game, to bring us a video slot based on the game and its characters.
And, boy, did they stay true to the original game. Visually, you can almost imagine playing the original video game if it weren’t for the roller inserted between the two fighters, which determines who gets to land a punch and loses life points.
The basic gameplay is that we choose one of the eight fighters we want to play as, and one of the other seven becomes our opponent in the base game. The scenery in which we play depends on the player’s choice, just like in the original video game.
Each fighter has win and lose symbols, and depending on which of them make up a winning series, our fighter must either beat the opponent to weaken him or be weakened accordingly when he is beaten.
Clusters are formed by four matching symbols touching horizontally or vertically on the 5×5 grid. These symbols are then removed to make room for new symbols that fall in from above.
On the reels we get lower-level symbols from J to A and higher-level symbols that represent all the characters depending on the mode we play in. Each character has win and lose symbols, with the win symbols being worth more. The symbols with the highest value pay up to 30 times our bet for 16 or more symbols.
For the high value symbols we also get 2×2 colossal symbols that guarantee winnings.
You can play this game from 0.20 up to a scary 700.00 per spin, which can be lowered in various markets.
The characters and the wild gauge
Depending on who we play as, the scenery changes, the possible wild combinations on the reels and the RTP. Here is an overview:
- Blanka – adds 1 or 5 wild symbols on the same reel (96.08% RTP)
- Chun Li – adds 2 or 7 wild symbols randomly (96.08% RTP)
- Dhalsim – adds 3 or 4 wild symbols in random positions on the grid (96.04% RTP)
- E. Honda – adds 3 wild symbols on the same reel (96.05% RTP)
- Guile – adds 2 vertical stacks of 2 wild symbols (96.04% RTP)
- Ken – adds 1 or 5 wild symbols on the same line (96.06% RTP)
- Ryu – adds 3 wild symbols on the same line (96.02% RTP).
- Zangief – places 2 horizontal stacks of 2 wild symbols (96.08% RTP)
The differences may not be as great, but we essentially have to decide whether we want to win more often or more.
In addition, our champion has a wild counter above his head and seven symbols from consecutive wins are added to this counter. Once it is full, our champion will add his wild symbols to the reels to make a win.
Car Smash Bonus
Clearly, there is much going on in Street Fighter 2, which makes it sound complicated and confusing. When you start playing, that should get better after a while. But it could also become more confusing as there is so much going on all the time.
In any case, both fighters in a battle have health bars. Once those bars drop to 0, one of two things happens. If your champion loses, the Cash Smash Bonus is triggered.
That’s essentially a consolation prize, where you can use various fight moves to demolish a car and win coin prizes. You can also choose to simply deal a final move and smash the car in one go. Once that’s done, you can either stick with the same character for the next battle or pick a different one.
The Boss Battle Free Spins
If your champion wins the fight during the base game, the Boss Battle free spins are launched. The rules are the same as during the other fights, but boss battles also have a win multiplier. And if you beat the boss, you get to advance a level and fight the next boss at an increased multiplier.
- Balrog – 2x multiplier
- Vega – 3x multiplier
- Sagat – 5x multiplier
- M. Bison – 10x multiplier
There is no set amount of spins you will play. Either you get defeated and the feature ends or you defeat the boss and climb through all the four levels. If you manage to defeat the final boss, you get a 100x multiplier on top.
If you are defeated during this feature, the Insert Coin gamble feature allows you to restart the level. You will give up a portion of your winnings, but the RTP climbs to 98.7% and higher, which may make it worth your while.
Verdict: Fans of the classic Street Fighter 2 will probably love this feature-rich slot
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) in Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior varies as we have seen. It can be as low as 96.02% or as high as 98.7% (or even higher), depending on your champion and where you are in the game.
The maximum potential of this game has not been disclosed, so we have no idea how much you may win here. The game comes with a medium to high volatility, which is okay. Wins are never too far off, though we haven’t seen massive ones whilst we played.
Street Fighter 2 is impressive on many levels. The visuals are true to the original game, which is great. A lot of attention to detail has been paid here and there are so many features that it often does feel as if you are playing a video slot. It can be too much for some. But if you are a fan of the video game, you may find yourself loving this one.
In any case, NetEnt has put a lot of thought and effort into this one and for that reason alone you should try it out at least once to find out whether it is for you or not.