Geisha Slot Machine Review


Despite the popularity and proliferation of Asian-inspired online slot games, there are relatively few geisha-themed slot titles to choose from. Originally developed for land-based casinos by Australia’s Aristocrat, Geisha was one of the earlier geisha-themed slots on the market and it can still be found on casino floors worldwide.

The online version of Geisha is an exact replica of the original casino slot, including the same design, symbols, payouts, and sounds as the original game. Fans of the Geisha casino slot are sure to appreciate the authenticity of the online version.

However, players that are not familiar with the casino slot may find the retro graphics and gameplay experience to be lacking compared to newer, more sophisticated online slots.

Game manufacturer: Aristocrat
Number of paylines:25
Game theme:Geisha, Japanese
Min/Max bet:$0.01 / $25.00
Progressive jackpot: No
Regular jackpots: No
Coin denominations:$0.01 – $0.10
Maximum standard win:$800
Free spins: 15 per bonus game

Theme and visuals

Although dated by current standards, the retro reels are serene and nicely designed, filled with symbols depicting geishas and Japanese culture set against a Japanese landscape in muted blue hues. Beautiful geishas entertain us by gracing the reels on wild symbols, and matching geisha symbol combinations offer the highest payouts.

Every winning combination that contains a wild geisha symbol awards a X2 multiplier, and on those wins, the geisha fans herself in a simple reel animation.

Symbols emblazoned with a beautiful red Shinto shrine gateway are scatter symbols that trigger the Free Games Feature. Matching scatter symbols are also the highest paying combos on the reels, offering the same payouts as the matching wild geisha combinations.

Gold Japanese dragons and gold flower symbols are also higher value symbols, followed by Japanese fans, white birds, and Mount Fuji symbols. Playing card symbols complete the reels with the lowest value payouts.

The game screen and reels remain the same throughout the game, including during the free spins bonus game, and there are no interactive bonus features. The game lacks background music, unlike most Aristocrat slots, but retro slot sounds typically heard on casino floors pepper the gameplay experience.

Betting options & paying combinationsGeisha Interface

Geisha’s 25 lines are spread across five reels and four rows of (5×4) action. Choose the number of lines you want to play by selecting the corresponding button on the game console (1, 5, 10, 15, or 25 lines). Then, use the “Bet One” button to choose to play 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 credits per line or the “Max Bet” button to play 25 lines at 10 credits a line in free play mode.

One credit can equal $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, or $0.10 in free play mode. With those free play mode parameters, possible bets range from one penny ($0.01) for a one-line bet with one credit at $0.01 a credit, up to $25.00 for a 25-line bet with 10 credits at $0.10 a credit.

The online paytable in the Geisha slot only shows the payout values for straight winning combinations (without wild symbols) on one-credit bets; it does not display the payout values for wild symbol combinations that pay out double (x2 multiplier) or payouts for higher bet levels.

You can simply multiply the payout values in the paytable by the number of credits you’re playing per line and the cost per credit to know the payouts for higher bet levels. You can then multiply by two for the total payout on wild combinations.

For example, five gold dragon symbols pay out 750 credits on a one credit bet, as shown in the pay table. On a 10-credit bet, the payout would be 7,500 credits (750 coins x 10 credits), or 15,000 credits (750 coins x 10 credits x2) if a wild geisha symbol is part of the winning combination.

Top paytable values (for five-of-a-kind combinations on a one-credit bet):

  • Geisha (wild) symbols – 800 coins
  • Gateway (scatter) symbols – 800 coins
  • Gold dragons – 750 coins
  • Gold flowers – 750 coins
  • Japanese fans – 400 coins
  • Mount Fuji symbols – 250 coins
  • White birds – 250 coins

All payouts listed above for winning combinations are doubled when a wild symbol is part of the winning combination. The payouts for regular symbol combinations in the base game range from $0.02 – $8.00 with a one-credit bet at $0.01 up to $2 – $800 with a 10-credit bet at $0.10. Those values are doubled for wild geisha combinations.

There are several symbols that award prizes for two-of-a-kind combinations as well, including Geisha (wild) symbols, gateway (scatter) symbols, gold dragons, gold flowers, and number nine playing card symbols.

Unlike slots where you can select a set number of auto spins, the reels will simply continue to spin automatically after you click the autostart button until you click it again. Be sure to watch your balance as the reels spin and keep an eye on the win counter because the auto spins can run fast.

The RTP (Return-to-Player) percentage for this game is 95.12%, which is slightly above average compared to other Aristocrat slot games.

What jackpots are available?Geisha Free Games Feature Bonus Interface

Spin-off versions of the Geisha casino slot, like Geisha Legends by Aristocrat, offer progressive jackpot options on the casino floor. Unfortunately, the original Geisha slot and this online replica do not offer any jackpot options.

Additional features and bonuses

Multipliers in both the base game and the free spins game help to compensate for sparse bonus features outside of the free spins bonus feature.

Wild Symbols

When a geisha wild symbol is part of a winning combination, the payout is doubled (x2). Matching wild symbols are also the highest paying symbols on the reels.

Scatter Symbols

At least three scatter symbols (temple gateway symbols) anywhere on the reels trigger the Free Games Feature, which awards free spins and multipliers on all wins. Scatter symbols can also retrigger the Free Games Feature.

Free Games Feature (Free Spins Bonus Game)

The Free Games Feature awards 15 free games (free spins). During the free spins, all winning combinations are automatically tripled (x3 multipliers). The Free Games Feature can also be retriggered.

Gamble Feature

Each win on the reels gives you the chance to keep or gamble your winnings. To gamble your win, predict the color or suit of a face-down playing card. If you guess the card color correctly, your win will be doubled, and if you guess the card suit correctly, your win will be quadrupled.

Keep your winnings or continue gambling up to five times. Guess incorrectly, though, and you’ll lose your entire gamble bet.

Who is this game ideal for?Geisha Gamble Feature

The online version of the Geisha slot is ideal for fans of the original Geisha game found in land-based casinos, as well as fans of Asian and Japanese-themed slots. This simple, retro game is also ideal for retro slots fans and beginning players.

Similar games from Aristocrat

Although the theme is different, the Queen of the Nile slot by Aristocrat shares a lot of similarities with the Geisha slot. Both games award x2 multipliers on all winning combinations completed by wild symbols in the base game and x3 multipliers on all winning combinations during the Free Games Feature.

Both games award 15 free spins in the Free Game Feature, triggered by at least three scatter symbols on the reels. The payout values for the symbol combinations are also similar, with the exception of the wild Cleopatra symbol that pays out significantly more than the wild Geisha symbol.

Examples of other Asian-themed slots by Aristocrat include 5 Dragons, 50 Dragons, Choy Sun Doa, Double Happiness, and Lucky 88. These games are all Chinese themed games instead of Japanese themed games, however.

What’s hot:

Free Spins Bonus Game – 15 free spins in every bonus game, retriggers, and x3 multipliers on all wins give you the best chances at big wins in Geisha.
Multipliers – x2 multipliers on all winning wild symbol combinations and x3 multipliers on all wins during the free spins bonus game can really add up!
More Winning Combo Options – Several symbols pay out on two-of-a-kind-combinations and matching special symbols (wilds and scatters) are the highest paying combos on the reels.
Authentic Casino Slot – An exact replica of the Geisha land-based casino slot, the online version is perfect for fans of the original casino game.
Gamble Feature – Take your chances on doubling or quadrupling (or losing) any win, for more dynamic gameplay during the base game.
Easy to Play – The options and features are simple enough for anyone to play.

What’s not:Geisha Paytable 1

No Jackpots – No jackpot options or chances at big jackpot wins could be a turnoff for some players.
Limited Bonus Features – Despite the multipliers and free spins bonus game, bonus features are sparse compared to newer slots games.
Dated Graphics – Although authentic, the game graphics, animations, and sounds are dated.
Auto Play – It’s not possible to choose a set number of auto spins, and the perpetual auto spins run fast.
Win Effects – The win counter is not prominent compared to more current games and there are no visual effects to emphasize big wins.

Final Ratings

  • Graphics and Design- 2.5/5: Geisha’s graphics are average for an Aristocrat casino slot title. Although we can appreciate the authentic adaptation of the land-based casino slot for the online reels and the serene graphics, the design is not as crisp and vibrant as some other Aristocrat games. The graphics are also considerably better than some Aristocrat games, hence the middle of the road rating.
  • Sound Effects- 2.5/5: Like other online versions of Aristocrat casino slots, the sound effects in Geisha are the same as in the original casino game. The dated sound effects may remind you of being on a noisy casino floor, with arcade style win jingles and loud buzzers that can be pretty grating. Background music is absent from the free spins bonus game, which is not necessarily a downside considering the poor quality of music in some other Aristocrat slots. Our average rating reflects the authentic retro sounds standard for Aristocrat slots, with no deductions for weak background music.
  • Jackpot Value- 0/5: There are no jackpot options in this game.
  • Replay Value – 2.5/5: Geisha is a typical Aristocrat game with a solidly average rating, including replay value. Despite the graceful theme, the game is not particularly memorable and the bonus features are sparse, but multipliers awarded throughout the game can make the game play more enticing for return players. Replay value should be higher for fans of the original casino slot game compared to uninitiated players who may prefer newer games with more bonus features and more advanced graphics.