A traditional Doyho forms the backdrop to the action here. On the reels you’ll see heart, diamond, club and spade symbols as well as higher paying dragon and animal symbols. The phoenix is the best of these, paying 12 times your total stake if you land 5 on adjacent reels.
Loom out for Riku and Haru, the blue and green sumo wrestlers. When these appear in the base game, they randomly award 1 or 2 wilds on the middle 3 reels or a multiplier of 2x or 3x. There are a couple of bonus features on offer in Yokozuna Clash.
Sumo Clash feature - this is triggered by landing a 5-of-a-kind win. 2 or 3 extra matching symbols are added, helping to create an even bigger winning combination.
Tournament Free Spins feature - land 2 Free Spins symbols to activate the main bonus round. 1 of Riku or Haru will then take part in a bout against O’Connor or Daisuke (the Scottish and Flower Sumos). A winner from the left and the power meter moves to the right by 1 bar. A win from the right and the power meter moves left by 2 or 3 bars as well as awarding an extra. This can be 3 or 4 extra wilds or a 3x or 4x multiplier.
If the power meter goes all the way to the right, your wrestler wins the contest and you’ll go on to fight Yokozuna. If the meter goes all the way to the left, the free spins round ends. If you beat Yokozuna in the big bout, your overall win from the free spins receives a 2x multiplier boost and is doubled. If you get a 4x multiplier, this can lead to an 8x multiplier applying effectively.
With all the animations in play, Yokozuna Clash has the look of a classic video game as much as a slot game. The visuals are as good as we’ve come to expect from an Yggdrasil Gaming title, as is the soundtrack.
The gameplay is a little unusual for a title from this developer. The Tournament Free Spins feature is well put together though and can deliver some decent action if you get on a roll – there are wins of 3,440 times your stake available on every free spin.
If you like the Asian theme but fancy something different, then this sumo basho delivers just that. I would also try Hanzo’s Dojo, by Yggdrasil Gaming, which has a similar theme.