Shikibu is a 5-reel slot from the Japanese company Konami, one of the biggest game developers in the world that used to dominate the gaming console space back in the day. With 30 pay lines, the player can take advantage of the game’s features such as the wild, scatter, stacked action bonuses, and free spins.

Shikibu is a Konami slot game, it was first released for online casino players in early 2019, it has a RTP of 96.06%, a 5 x 3 reel format, 30 ways to win and a medium variance level and the exciting action stacked symbols feature.



The slot machine is based on the life of Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the Imperial Court of Japan in the Heian period. She lived in about 1,000 years BCE.  She was also a novelist and poet, and is credited as the author of the Tale of Genji, which is considered as the world’s first novel.

Due to this background, you will be spinning symbols of Japanese origin such as the lady herself, and some high-value symbols as shown below:

  • Golden turtle
  • Golden pads
  • Swan
  • Small percussion instrument

The slot game also has low-value symbols from number 9 to letter A. The wild is the golden flower, and the scatter symbol is the Japanese character inside a hexagon.


There are five high-value symbols on the game, and the pay table is shown below.

Number of Appearance in a Pay Line  SYMBOL
Shikibu Swan Turtle Golden Pads Percussion Instrument
5 500 300 150 100 100
4 200 150 80 50 50
3 80 50 30 20 20
2 5 5

All these numbers are multipliers, and the payout values do not change despite your bet size. In the slot game, you can choose your coin size between $0.01 and $0.25. You can also bet between one and two coins per line.

All pays are multiplied against your bet per line. Even if the online slot has only 30 pay lines, it charges 45 credits per spin to activate the features. This is mandatory, and you cannot choose whether you want to activate the feature or not.

To win, you have to land a combination of the same symbols on a pay line; they must be on adjacent reals and the must start from the first reel. Some require three symbols, while some require only two.


Here are the game features:

  • Wild – the golden flower is the wild and it acts as a substitute for all symbols to make a winning combo except the scatter. The wild only appears on reel 3.
  • Scatter – the scatter pays coins for as long as you land at least three on the gird. The payout is shown below.
  • 5x – 1,000
  • 4x – 5
  • 3x – 2
  • All scatter pays are based on your total bet for the round.
  • Action Stacked – symbols landing on all reals except the third one can randomly be changed and stacked. If this happens, the randomly chosen reel will have the same symbols.

  • Free Games – upon landing three or more scatter symbols, you will be rewarded with the free games bonus.

You have to choose from five options how you want to play it. You can choose between 3 and 20 free spins, with each choice having a different wild functionality or a mystery number of multipliers.

  • Multipliers – all wins on the free game bonus round have a multiplier if a wild is used for a win. The multipliers are between 2x and 40x.


We will rate this Konami pokies game Shikibu with 8.5 points out of 10 in our review. The game may be aged in looks but it does have that element of control because you can choose the number of free spins that you can play. On top of that, the scatter symbol pays out coins, plus the slot machine can randomly change an entire reel with the same symbols.


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