Street Fighter II: The World Warrior first hit the arcades in 1991 it was an instant hit. The kids would cluster around the machine doing their best to stack their coins against the screen to book their place in line to show the game, and their friends, who the real World Warrior really is.
Those kids are all grown up now and moved on with their lives, those competitive and entertaining moments lost in the mists of time, that is until NetEnt announced the launch of the official Capcom approved Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Slot™.
Bryan Upton, NetEnt Director of Games said:
“In developing Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Slot™ we felt a huge responsibility to ensure our slot game lived up to the iconic 90s original – a videogame which has continued to entertain fans for almost 30 years.”
No need to stand in line to punch M.Bison in the face anymore, this slot released today and is available on desktop pc, tablet and your mobile phone so you can kick pixelated butt whenever and wherever you want to.
Anime Inspired Arcade Action
Where NetEnt immediately won us over was the setting and design of Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Slot. Where other branded slots take a few assets and cram them into a slot interface NetEnt took the arcade layout of Street Fighter II and integrated a slot machine.
“Authenticity was a critical factor to the design of this game, from the arcade-inspired art and sounds to the game mechanics, as well as the Beat the Bosses and Car Smashing bonus rounds. We designed the game to fuel players’ nostalgic competitiveness throughout the gameplay.”
The game begins with you selecting 1 of 8 available Fighters each of which has their own special power-up. As in the arcade, your fighter then travels to the dojo of their opponent to do battle. Each dojo is themed after your opponent’s country of origin.
Face Dhalsim amidst a herd of elephants while fights against Blanka take place in the depths of the Amazon jungle. Each setting is unique and entertaining, if not overly reliant on regional stereotypes.
The high-value fighter symbols are split into two variants. The Victory symbol for your fighter will payout up to 30x bet for a full cluster set, while the Defeat symbol for the same character pays out a maximum of 20x your bet.
Bonus features incorporate fondly remembered in-game activities such as the scene where you would be called on to beat a car into a pile of scrap rubble (used for the Car Smash Bonus game) or jump into a boss fight (used for the Beat The Boss Free Spins game).
Uppercut Your Way To Big Wins
The slots high variance gameplay is captivating as in addition to the low-value Royal card symbols the only high-value symbols on the reels are those of your selected fighter and their opponent. Creating winning Cluster combinations of either fighter on the 5x5 reel set will cause their opponent's health meter to drain getting you closer to triggering a special feature.
To help you fill your Wild meter, drop your opponent’s health bar and stack up big wins both Victory and Defeat variants of your fighter and your opponent can appear on the reels at random as a Colossal 2x2 symbol. For payout purposes, this symbol counts as a 4 symbol cluster of matching symbols.
Each of the 8 selectable fighters has their own special Wild feature which is triggered by fill their Wild Meter.
Here are the Wild powers for each fighter:
- Dhalsim – up to 4 Wild symbols are placed at random locations on the reels
- E.Honda – places 3 Wild symbols on the same reel
- Ryu – places 3 Wild symbols on the same row
- Guile – drops 2 vertical stacks of 2 Wild symbols on the reels
- Zangief – drops to horizontal stacks of 2 Wild symbols
- Chun Li - up to 7 Wild symbols are placed at random locations on the reels
- Blanka – places either 1 or 5 Wild symbols on the same reel
- Ken – places either 1 or 5 Wild symbols on the same row
The Wild Meter is filled by completing winning paylines with your fighter and by taking damage from an opponent’s winning symbols.
✓Car Smash Bonus Game
When your opponent drains your health bar it’s far from Game Over, rather it triggers the Car Smash Bonus Game. Here your fighter enters a dockyard screen, where using the on-screen hotkeys, you need to use your fighter to destroy the car on the screen.
Destroying the vehicle will award you with a random win multiplier ranging from x5 up to x15 your total bet.
✓Beat The Boss Free Spins Game
Triggering the Beat The Boss Free Spins game sees you go head-to-head with 4 boss characters. Each boss you fight will award an increasing Win Multiplier for the time that you face them.
- Level 1: Balrog – x2 multiplier
- Level 2: Vega – x3 multiplier
- Level 3: Sagat – x5 multiplier
- Level 4: M.Bison – x10 multiplier
Prove that you are the ultimate World Warrior by beating M.Bison without being defeated any of the previous bosses and you will receive an instant bonus of x100 your bet in addition to your existing winnings.
✓Insert Coin Feature
Should you lose the fight at any point during the Beat The Boss Free Spins you will get one chance to drop another coin into the machine and keep on fighting. The Insert Coin feature will prompt you to either claim your winnings up to that point and return to the reels or it will display a buy-in price that will let you continue spinning from the level you were defeated on.
Round 1 – Fight!
NetEnt’s Street Fighter II: The World Warrior Slot™ is an amazing example of how to take a licence that as rich lore and give the fans a game they will want to play. The soundboard, characters, on-screen action and bonus features will trigger the desired nostalgia response from fans while also delivering a unique and engaging experience for slot fans who stumble upon it unaware of its history. Street Fighter II is a knock-out slot.