Amaya went all out when designing their Shogun Showdown pokie, carrying the dojo/samurai theme into even the tiniest details.

Honour the former rulers of Japan by ruling the reels on this great pokie and discovering:

  • An exciting bonus game involving a frozen reel resulting in easier wins
  • 50 fixed-bet lines across five reels giving you high chances of winning
  • Samurai Free Spin bonus awarding you with 10 free spins

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Let’s face it, a generic pokies with no theme whatsoever likely isn’t going to be one that’s too enjoyable to play. On the other hand, even playing pokie after pokie themed after popular TV and movie characters starts to get a little old and redundant after a while. So when great innovators like Amaya step outside the box and think up a non-licensed theme that we haven’t seen before, we definitely tend to take notice, like we have with the great Shogun Showdown slot.

Japanese for “general”, shoguns were appointed military rulers of the country for centuries. Today, the term is synonymous (whether accurate or not), with samurai, the military nobility and fierce warriors that protected Japan. Their likeness and influence has been incorporated in everything from TV shows (like Afro Samurai and Samurai Jack), to movies (like The Last Samurai the Jedi in Star Wars), to comic books (like Marvel’s Silver Samurai). And no surprise, the samurai and shogun influence makes for a great pokie theme, too.

Amaya is the largest public online gaming company in the world. Based in Canada, they are considered one of the leaders in online pokie software.

Shogun Showdown Screenshots

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Game Features

Like we said, no pixel went ignored with Shogun Showdown’s samurai theme. Dragons and Japanese feudal castles serve as the background to the game’s five brightly covered reels and menu. The symbols all feature samurais or their equipment, and even the control panel at the bottom has a strong ancient Japan theme.

One of these samurai symbols has the words bonus inscribed in it, and landing these on reels 1, 3, and 5 at the same time gives you access to the free spin bonus feature. We go into more detail below, but during the 10 free spins you are awarded you can hit this same bonus again and again, essentially meaning infinite free games!

A morphing samurai symbol plays a big role in your winnings here, too. In addition to changing into other symbols at random to help you complete payouts, landing four of him on reel three will commence a prize-yielding bonus feature.

Stake Levels

Buttons at the bottom of the screen marked one through five allow you to place a wager on all 50 paylines with anywhere from 50 to 250 credits per spin. Every bet you make is played on on 50 of the paylines.

Shogun Showdown Symbols

Standard Symbols

The game’s standard symbols (from lowest-paying to highest) are Queen, King, Ace, a pair of nunchucks, a Kabuto helmet, a kama weapon, and a fierce-looking shuriken. Landing five queens wins you 400 coins, whereas five shurikens nets you 1,250.

Scatter Symbol

A bearded samurai is Shogun Showdown’s scatter symbol. He activates the free spin bonus feature when he shows on one, three, and five simultaneously (the only reels he appears on, period).

Wild Symbol

The Wild Mengu (a type of Japanese armoured mask) serves as the wild and only appears on the second and fourth reels. While it can’t substitute in for the samurai scatters or the shogun morphing symbols, it can fill in for any other symbol to help you complete paylines when possible.

Free Spins

10 free spins are yours at the appearance of three bearded bonus samurai symbols simultaneously. Best of all, there is no restriction on winning further free spins during your bonus games.

Bonus Game

Shogun Showdown has two great bonus features, the most notable for our reviewers being the aforementioned morphing symbol. To go into further detail, landing all four of these on reel three begins a mini-game. During said game, that third reel is frozen for four spins, during which any other morphing samurai that come up will also be frozen. When your four spins conclude, all the held morphing symbols will change at random into other symbols, potentially leading to some huge payouts.

Another feature we love is that free spins bonus. Only appearing on reels one, three, and five, landing him on those all at once rewards you with 10 bonus games. And like we said, during those free games you can an unlimited amount of more free games by accomplishing the same feat over and over.


The highest base game jackpot is 1,250 coins, won by showing five-of-a-kind shurikens on a spin.


Being a Flash game, Shogun Showdown is not available to play on mobile at this point in time. Technology is always evolving, so that’s not to say it won’t be possible to soon play this pokie while on-the-go!

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