Game Review: Bushi Sushi

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BetMGM Jul 13, 2021, 11:29 AM
Four maki rolls with avocado, salmon, tuna, and cucumber.

There are literally thousands of food-themed online casino games out there, but for some reason one of the world’s most popular dishes – sushi – doesn’t top the charts when it comes to online slots. Luckily, Microgaming and Gold Coin Studios have got together to create an online casino game that gives sushi top billing.

Deliciously designed and full of fun features, this easy-to-play online slot game is perfect for all levels of experience. Let’s take a look at what makes Bushi Sushi a mouth-watering prospect for sushi and slot lovers alike.

Game overview

The word bushi in the title is short for “Bushido,” which means “the way of the warrior” in Japanese. The warrior in this case is a delightfully animated samurai, made up of different pieces of sushi. Given the title, it’s no surprise that you’ll find a combination of sushi- and samurai-inspired symbols in this game. 

Bushi Sushi has a grid made up of 3 rows and 5 reels. Although it has just 10 paylines, these pay out both ways, from left to right and vice versa. It’s a low to medium-volatility casino slot with a RTP (return to player) of 96.06%. This means the risk-to-reward ratio isn’t super risky and the maximum you can win per stake is 800x per spin. 

The most exciting features include the free spins, wilds and scatters, as well as expanding symbols.

How to play

sushi samurai standing in front of the reels in the online slot game, Bushi Sushi.

Bushi Sushi is one of the best casino games when it comes to ease of play. All you have to do is get 3 to 5 matching symbols in adjacent positions on the same line to form a winning combination. Remember, that this can be from left to right or right to left, because it pays both ways. 

It’s not the wasabi that’s going to take your breath away in this game either, it’s the fact that you can bet from as little as $0.10 all the way up to $300. This makes it the ideal game for any kind of budget.

The high-value symbols to keep an eye out for are the two types of nigiri (which is a thin slice of raw fish draped on top of a pile of sushi rice, for those who don’t know) and the two types of maki (the ones wrapped in seaweed). As per usual, the lower-value symbols are the playing cards, which are presented as A, K, Q, and J. 

In this game, the wild symbol is the sushi samurai wielding a katana. This samurai is a stacked wild, an expanding wild, and – unlike many other online slot games – it can also substitute for special symbols. The yin and yang symbol, made up of wasabi and pickled ginger, is the scatter symbol that you should look out for, as it triggers the Free Spins round.


A view of the reels and background of online slot Bushi Sushi.

As you’d expect from the names behind this game, Bushi Sushi is well-optimized and it runs smoothly on all devices, whether you’re playing on a smartphone, tablet, PC, or laptop.

The reels are set on a bamboo platter, and the colorful sushi and samurai symbols pop beautifully against the simplistic background. The entire game is set in a traditional Japanese sushi restaurant, with pastel colors, a red lantern with gold writing on the top left corner, and bamboo plants flanking both sides of the reels. The soundtrack is what you’d expect to find in a sushi restaurant, with an ambient, appropriate tune that complements the game itself.


The standout feature in Bushi Sushi is undoubtedly the wild symbol’s variety of awesome uses. As mentioned, the wild is represented by the sushi samurai with the katana. It will act as a substitute for all regular symbols in the game, but what’s more amazing is that it can expand and substitute for the special symbols, too! Every time you land a wild, it will expand and will eventually cover the entire reel. If there are a number of wilds on adjacent reels, they will come together to create one big image. This is known as the mega wild. Keep in mind that this can only happen on the middle 3 reels.

Bonuses and jackpots

The Free Spins feature is the bonus feature of Bushi Sushi. The yin and yang scatter symbol will trigger this round, but you’ll need to land at least 3 of them on consecutive reels to do so. If you land 3, 4, or 5 scatters, you’ll get 10, 15, and 20 free spins respectively. Additionally, you’ll boost your payouts by up to 10x the stake per spin. This round can be retriggered, and you can play with up to 40 free goes.

Similar games

If you enjoy Bushi Sushi, then chances are that the following games are going to hit the sweet spot for you, too:

  • Donuts
  • Happy Life: Pan Chang
  • Spring Fortune: Blooming Lotus
  • Fruit Shop

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