Published: wed 24 jun 2020 | Updated: mon 12 oct 2020
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
If you were to ask 100 people who spent any significant period of time playing arcade or console games in the 1990’s to name their favourite title, the chances are good that many would say Street Fighter II. The game is still going strong even on modern consoles, and that’s why we’re very excited to bring you news that NetEnt has recently released an online slot which delivers an authentic Street Fighter II experience that will delight lifelong fans as well as slot players who are brand new to the franchise.
About Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Released in 1991, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior was the sequel to Capcom’s massively popular 1987 game, Street Fighter. Like the original Street Fighter, the sequel focused on a set of characters who faced each other in street fighting matches, but here the action took place in a variety of locations around the world.
First available in arcades, Street Fighter II was quickly ported to home video game consoles, beginning with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1992. The game was also ported to a variety of home computer systems, including the Commodore 64 and PC’s. This mass availability and popularity led to Street Fighter II characters making the transition to cartoons, comic books and even movies. Perhaps it was somewhat inevitable, then, that it would also make itself known in the world of online slots.
A Fantastic Slot Adaptation
As fans of the Street Fighter II video game, we honestly don’t have words to convey how impressed we are with this slot adaptation. When you launch the title you will be greeted with an opening screen that looks exactly as it would if you had just launched it on a game console, and that authenticity is something that is present throughout.
This is a cluster slot which is played on a grid of five columns and five rows, and you will need to get a cluster of four or more adjacent matching symbols to win a prize. The game grid is presented against an actual background from the video game, and you will need to choose one of eight characters before you begin. The characters are Blanka, Chun Li, Dhalism, E. Honda, Guile, Ken, Ryu and Zangief.
Your opponent will be one of the other seven remaining characters, and will determine which background is displayed, as in the original video game. The two fighters will stand to the left and right of the game grid, and the higher-value symbols in play will comprise victory and defeat versions of those two characters. Lower-value symbols are the same no matter which character you choose to play as, and comprise the playing card ranks of J, Q, K and A. Victory and defeat symbols can appear in standard size or in ‘colossal’ size, which is 2x2.
If you have played the Street Fighter II video game on any platform then you will already know what to expect from the audio because it is exactly the same, and a similar thing can be said about the various sound effects that are used to highlight the action taking place on screen. In fact, if you think of this slot as a regular game of Street Fighter II with the addition of a slot grid, you won’t be too far off the mark.
Let Battle Commence!
This game takes place in battles. Land a cluster of symbols comprising your character’s victory or defeat symbols and you will damage your opponent. Conversely, whenever you land a cluster of symbols comprising the victory or defeat symbols of your opponent, you will receive damage.
Each character has a Wild Gauge which fills as you land higher-value symbols in winning clusters. When a gauge is full, your character will unleash his or her special move and cause wild symbols to be added to the grid. This will hopefully help you to land more wins, and ideally inflict more damage on your opponent.
Should you lose the battle against your opponent, you will trigger a Car Smash Bonus Game. However, if you win, you will trigger a Beat the Boss Free Spins feature.
Car Smash Bonus Game
Here you will use your character to destroy a car, just as in the video game. When the car has been destroyed, you will win a random prize worth at least five and as much as fifteen times your bet.
Beat the Boss Free Spins
This feature has four levels, and requires you to beat a different boss - with a different multiplier - at each level. There is no limit to the number of free spins that will be enjoyed, so the feature will only end when you lose or when you have defeated all four bosses.
Authenticity Was Critical
‘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,’ said Bryan Upton, who is Director of Games at NetEnt. ‘We designed the game to fuel players’ nostalgic competitiveness throughout the gameplay. We are immensely proud of the end product and we hope players all over the world appreciate it.’
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