Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior online slot by NetEnt is a dazzling fusion of classic arcade gaming and online slot mechanics. This title is a picture-perfect recreation of Street Fighter II that first appeared in arcades in 1991 and irreversibly changed the course of digital gaming forever. The game’s graphics, from the characters to the backgrounds, to the lettering, are indiscernible from those of the original and the in-game music has also been duplicated to add to the authenticity of the experience.
Beyond the audiovisual presentation, the gameplay also contains iconic elements from its source such as character selection, boss battles, and a bonus game. This title works on a cluster pays mechanism, where winning symbol clusters disappear to allow more symbols to appear in their place. Free spins and multipliers give you a fighting chance at reaching the ultimate prize.
Before you start playing, you will have your choice of the 8 original Street Fighter II characters that carry unique enhancements that give you wild symbols distributed across the reels or vertical/horizontal wild stacks, as well as RTP, boosts. The game will select an opponent for you and you will need to defeat them by reducing their health bar with winning combinations.
If you manage to defeat your opponent, you will activate the Beat the Boss Free Spins feature. Here, you will battle a series of bosses from the videogame, namely Balrog, Vega, Sagat, and M. Bison. Each boss round comes with a multiplier, starting at 2x for Balrog and ending with 10x for M. Bison. You defeat the bosses with winning combinations, as in the base game and if you do lose against a boss, you will have the use of the Insert coin gamble feature that gives you a once-off second chance at the fight per free spins round and a significantly boosted RTP. Defeating all 4 bosses gives you a welcome 100x multiplier prize.
Falling to an opponent in the base game doesn’t mean the end of your winning chances. A loss will launch you into the Car Smash bonus game where you use direction keys to use your character’s attacks to destroy a car, winning you from 5x to 15x your bet. If you don’t feel like interacting, a quick finish feature is available which will skip to the end of the bonus game.
Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior slot is a complex, genre-busting experiment that lives up to its hype. NetEnt has recreated the look and feel of their source material so meticulously that it presents as almost identical to the classic arcade game. The gameplay takes you on a journey that is directly influenced by your character choice and many gameplay elements will please anyone who has previously enjoyed playing Street Fighter II, its sequels, or any other game from the genre.
The unique process by which you transition from the base game to the bonus game or free spins is highly entertaining and interactive and once it’s all over, you can choose a different character and restart the process. NetEnt has yet to disclose information relating to the slot’s actual monetary potential, but even if this turns out to be a relatively low-paying slot, the gameplay experience alone makes this title a must-play.