Born in 15th century ballads and raised in countless cinematic adaptations, the legend of Robin Hood is a beloved staple of English folklore. On behalf of Microgaming, the up and coming developer Rabcat has brought this Nottingham hero to the modern masses with the new release of Robin of Sherwood. Visually rich and fun to play, the following review provides all the ins and outs for slot enthusiasts seeking a contemporary twist on this classic Medieval tale.
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|Release Date||July 2018||Casino||Microgaming casinos|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Browser and mobile|
|Return to Player (RTP)||95.86%|
|Risk||Low to Medium|
|Slot Reels/ Pay lines||5 reels / 243 Pay lines|
|Min/ Max Bets||£0.20 min / £40 max|
|Max Win||150 x single bet|
|Features||Wild Turning, Free Spin, Royal Clearing and Gamble Game|
|Pros||Popular theme, superb graphics, interesting features|
|Cons||Low maximum wager; lack of impressive jackpots|
Set against a beautiful 3D rendering of Sherwood Forest with the Sheriff’s castle looming in the background, the game invites players to unite with the legendary outlaw and his band of Merry Men. Indeed, all the famous faces appear upon the reels to help aid your quest for riches, with Maid Marian, Friar Tuck, Little John, Robin himself and even his dastardly nemesis, The Sheriff of Nottingham, spinning merrily across the screen. The characters are joined by royal banners adorned with Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks, plus the arrows Wild symbol and the coveted target, which triggers a fast-paced bonus round.
The reels are arranged in a 5 by 3 formation, which combined with Microgaming’s renowned 243 ways to win format, offers ample opportunity for landing valuable combinations. Betting starts as little as 20p and caps out at a maximum of £40, making this a great option for beginners or players with a limited budget.
Everything works as it should, with seamless interplay and easy navigation. Altering the stakes is simple and getting to grips with the game’s features requires little effort. The visuals are beautifully crafted, and the animation is instantly appealing. Ambient whispers of the forest and rousing royal trumpets blend effortlessly to ensure smooth sound effects that create plenty of atmosphere without becoming annoying.
As expected, Robin of Sherwood can be enjoyed on all devices, with fans able to spin the reels from their laptop, tablet and smartphone. The game’s mobile version works perfectly on both iOS and Android platforms, guaranteeing the utmost convenience with quality, on the go gaming.
Robin of Sherwood uses traditional video slot features to add an extra thrill to the game, making it an ideal introduction to online gaming for novices and a routine experience for more seasoned players. The slot’s added elements can be separated into four different categories, as follows:
Wild Turning Feature – This is triggered randomly in the base game. Robin enters the fray and orders his troops to fire at the royal symbols on the selected reels, transforming all the Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks into Wilds.
Free Spins – If you are lucky enough to land three or more target scatter symbols anywhere across the reels, you will be rewarded with 10 Free Spins, which are activated immediately and initiate a final face-off between Robin and his long-standing foe. Unfortunately, this feature cannot be re-triggered once the bonus game begins.
Royal Clearing – During the Free Spin round, the heroic bandit fires arrows at the reels on every second spin, which removes the lowest value symbols one at a time, beginning with the Jack and ending with the Ace. This means that the final two spins will solely involve premium symbols, offering a higher chance of pilfering sizeable riches from the Sheriff’s deep pockets.
Gamble Feature – A ‘gamble’ button positioned below the reels grants players the opportunity to double their earnings after every win. This exciting all or nothing bonus round takes place at the shooting range, as Robin perfects his aim by firing at two targets, one red, one green. Punters must simply guess the correct target and hold their breath until the arrow lands. If successful, the jackpot is doubled, with a maximum of five successive wins available, providing ample scope for hitting the big bucks.
Robin of Sherwood shows plenty of promise. Its slick visuals, well-crafted animation, appealing sound effects and treasured characters certainly add to the game’s popularity. The slot’s smooth gameplay and rewarding bonus round similarly attribute to a sound game of overall quality. Players seeking massive jackpots are however destined to be disappointed with the maximum wager amount falling short of its competitors. Despite this limitation, Robin of Sherwood offers a fun filled adventure set to entertain and, if you’re lucky, redistribute riches to those who need it most!