The great thing about new game companies is that they are usually adept at bringing new ideas to the industry, so it has been so far with Chance Interactive, the Australian based developer who have released a number of interesting and unique games like Lolly Land in recent years, in fact all their game releases so far have been from underpopulated genres.
A bounty hunter themed game isn’t entirely unique in the industry, there are already games out there such as Kat Lee the bounty hunter from Amaya which has proved very popular, it is however, a very rare theme and one that has plenty of room for expansion, after all, who doesn’t love a good (or bad) bounty hunter?
Whether your favourite bounty hunter is Harrison Ford’s Deckard character in the iconic Blade runner movie, the Marvel comic book anti-hero represented by Jonah Hex, TV’s Dog the bounty hunter or my personal choice of Star Wars Boba Fett there is going to be something for you in this incredible new 3D video slot which brings an incredible level of graphics and storyline to a slot game environment.
Bounty Hunt gives off a really modern videogame vibe for the player, with a futuristic city backdrop which could easily come from Judge Dredd or the Blade runner universe, the lettering of the game’s playing card symbols, wild icons and the like also follow this trend with a burnished metal Sci-fi styling to them, we love it and gaming fans will too!
There is quite a bit more investment in theme here than you expect on a slot game, much like with NetEnt’s Drive: Multiplier mayhem slot you take a character role as you play the game, in this case you are referred to as ‘agent’, working for an organisation taking town the criminals of the Steel Fist crime syndicate, unholster your weapon and prepare for the hunt.
You get three main criminal characters you need to hunt down in game, each with their own rank and description, for example the first is Hank Blade, who is described as hired muscle for the syndicate, these little storyline features are game relevant too as they form part of the games targeting system which is where big bonuses and wilds come in.
The game layout is pretty straightforward in many ways to begin with, you get a 25 payline 5x3 video slot, with a choice of active lines, bet size, autoplay and a paytable to see where your wins will combine just as you would any other modern well produced online slot game.
The first thing that is unusual about Bounty Hunt is the way the game uses the random wilds feature, instead of being simply a fixed icon on the reels, a crosshair is active for every spin which will randomly select a symbol to turn wild, depending on the symbol targeted, one or more symbols will turn wild or free spins will be awarded.
In the free spins bonus round the wild usage gets even more exciting, if you hit one of the criminals with your shot, they turn wild for the remainder of the spins and their capture provides valuable intelligence on the next layer up, unlocking the next character in the gang. This means it’s theoretically possible to capture all three gang members in the spins round and have them turn into sticky wilds which will then accumulate for the duration of the free spins round.
Bounty hunt strikes a great balance, the theme is engaging, immersive and well produced without overcomplicating the game play to an extent that it interferes with enjoyment. The game uses wilds in a creative way but still allows a decent free spins round to players crossing over from more traditional slot game titles. I’m off to pretend I’m Boba Fett and hunt down some escaped criminals on the reels, I reckon a good number of players around the web will be joining me in that.