Robin Hood fans will love this exciting new slot machine from Playtech. Themed on the famous Nottinghamshire outlaw, this game features all the ingredients to wow adventure game enthusiasts. From Robin himself standing proud in his trademark green outfit to the stout Friar Tuck and the magnificent Maid Marion, all the famous outlaw faces can be found here.
Of course, it is not all about the theme, there are some potentially lucrative features here too, such as wilds, scatters, expanding icons, a gamble round and an incredible 243 ways to win…
Visually, this slot machine stands out with its realistic graphics. The image in the background features a thick forest, a lake and an orange, sunset sky. The reels are filled with symbols of the Robin Hood story, including the King of Thieves himself, along with Friar Tuck, Maid Marion and the Sheriff of Nottingham. There are also high card icons to award the lower payouts.
To begin your adventure, you need to pick your stake. All the 243 paylines are in play throughout the game so this gives you the maximum number of winning chances with every spin. You can still alter your bet though by changing your coin value from the lowest of £0.01 to the highest value of £0.25.
You also have the choice of selecting to add a multiplier to your bet in order to change the number of coins bet per spin, which could be anything from a 1x to a 10x multiplier. All of these options mean your minimum stake to join Robin’s gang is £2.50 per spin and the maximum amount you can bet on an outlaw victory is £62.50.
There are a number of ways this slot makes betting easier. The first is that you can choose the autoplay option, giving you the chance to play from 10 to 99 spins automatically. The auto spins continue until you press ‘stop’, so players looking for hands-free gaming are in luck. Another handy feature is the ‘bet max’ button, which lets you put on the maximum stake per spin without having to click the individual coin and multiplier buttons.
The merry men are potentially very generous in this slot machine. When it comes to payouts, the symbol you want to watch out for is Robin himself, who awards up to 1,500x your bet if you find 5 icons on the reels together. Maid Marion is the second highest-paying symbol with 1,000x your bet available for spinning 5 of the lucky ladies together on the reels.
The other two character symbols in the game are Friar Tuck and the Sheriff of Nottingham. The Friar pays out up to 750x your bet for 5 symbols, while the Sheriff turns out to not be so bad after all, as he awards up to 500x your bet for 5 symbols! The other symbols in regular play are the high cards which pay from 100x your bet for spinning 5 of the number 9 symbols up to 250x your bet for hitting 5 of the A symbols.
The wild symbol in this game is the pile of gold coins, perhaps Robin’s loot, which appears on reels 2, 3 and 4. This symbol stands in for all other symbols in the game except the scatter to create more potential winning combinations. Another merry symbol to look out for is the crossed arrows scatter symbol. This symbol triggers any symbols with an arrow border to expand and fill the reel.
Plus, if you hit 3 or more of the crossed arrows symbols you will trigger 7 free games. The best aspect to the free games round is that it can be re-triggered infinitely, so you have the potential to rack up plenty of gold coins in this forest.
A way to add even more fun and interest into this Robin Hood themed slot is to take advantage of the optional gamble feature. Instead of collecting your payout after a winning spin, you can choose to click the ‘gamble’ button to be transported to a new screen. Here you have the chance to gamble your payout on a 50/50 chance of doubling it.
To gamble, simply guess what colour the next card in the pack will be. Click ‘red’ or ‘black’ to begin the gamble. If you choose correctly you will double your payout – but if you guess wrongly you lose your winnings. For the luckiest outlaws, the maximum you can win from the gamble feature is £1,000.
Archer feels exciting to play because of the Robin Hood theme, which always carries a mysterious and romantic vibe. Famous characters from the story are here and the expanding symbols give this slot a special feel. However, although the 243 ways to win offers great potential rewards, the free spins round did not seem to trigger often enough to create many big winners from this legend.