The online and mobile casino software industry is an extremely competitive one. It’s very difficult for any new company to make a name for itself, especially with decades-old companies like Microgaming to contend with. But when a brand can produce innovative concepts, as Habanero Systems has done with its latest 2017 pokies releases, success is imminent.
Habanero isn’t exactly fresh off the boat. The company was founded in 2012, but like most start-up operations, it took time to flourish into something recognizable in such a competitive field as iGaming. By continually introducing cutting-edge games, like the new Koi Gate Pokies that hit the market in late February, and teaming with reputable partners, Habanero is quickly tipping the scales in its favor.
Just last week, the company announced a partnership with iSoftBet that will see that distinguished digital games supplier adding all Habanero Systems content to its existing portfolio. That’s quite a boost for iSoftBet.
Habanero’s platform currently supports 100+ interactive pokies, table games and video poker titles. Each one is developed exclusively with the latest HTML5 technology for universal compatibility with desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
2017 Pokies Release, Koi Gate
Late last month, Habanero launched its latest 2017 pokies game called Koi Gate. Don’t worry, it’s not based on anything scandalous in nature, such as the US administration’s “Watergate” scandal of 1972, or Super Bowl XLIX’s “Deflategate” controversy. In this case, the term ‘Gate’ refers to a right of passage, so to speak.
Koi Gate is based on the legend of ‘Dragon Gate‘, the mythological name of a waterfall along the Yellow River in Hunan, China. As the old legend goes, the koi carp work tirelessly to swim upstream, but few are brave or strong enough to make the final leap over the Dragon Gate waterfall. Those who succeed are transformed into a powerful dragon.
The game’s imagery is absolutely breathtaking, with a vibrant array of colors cascading across the screen. Symbols include the koi carp, dragon, gate, lotus flower, bamboo, Japanese maple leaf, crashing waterfall, and scale-textured values of J, Q, K and A.
Koi Gate Pokies Features
The Koi Carp and Dragon symbols are both Wild, but it’s the Koi you’ll want to see most in this 5 reel, 18 payline pokies games. There are no scatters, free spins or second-screen bonus rounds, but Koi Gate Pokies doesn’t need them. All of the action takes place in the base game, with big payouts centered around the presence of wilds.
The Dragon is a traditional wild in Koi Gate, taking the place of any other symbol needed to produce the highest payout on a line. The Koi Carp can only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4. It has the same substitution quality as the Dragon wild, and so much more.
Anytime a Koi wild appears in a winning combination, it becomes an expanding wild, and covers that entire reel, often producing additional wins. All payouts involving this legendary symbol will receive a 2x multiplier.
The Koi’s appearance also triggers a Re-Spin feature, whether or not any winning were paid from the spin that produced it. If another Koi appears on the re-spin, it triggers another re-spin. There is no limit to the number of re-spins that can be triggered simultaneously.
The release of this imaginative and stunningly designed 2017 pokies game has one other feature I should probably mention. Koi Gate has got a maximum single-spin payout of 2,500,000. Not bad for a game that doesn’t even provide a traditional free spin feature.