Reel Bandits by NeoGames – Pistols at Dawn

When facing reviewing the NeoGames catalogue, I almost reviewed this game, first of all, reason being, it’s my personal favorite in their range. I’m a western fan, a huge one, and western themed slot games aren’t all that common, good ones are rarer still. Reel bandits may not be the greatest online slot game ever, but it is very good indeed, and possibly the best game in the entire Neo array, with a demo version available in addition to the cash game, you can try it yourself and decide.

If Sergio Leoni’s classic westerns are your thing, you may want to check out this wild west spinner, with its excellent styled bonus rounds and loaded desert reels.  As the man with no name said, ‘You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig. ‘

  • Type:   Video Slot, Animated Symbols
  • Structure:  5 Reels, 3 Rows, 1-30 Active Pay-lines
  • Bets:  1 Coin Per Line Max, Coin Values, 0. 01 – 10. 00
  • Min/Max Total Stake:   0. 01 – 300. 00 £/$/€
  • Max Win:  10, 000x Coins / 100, 000 £/$/€
  • Wild:  Yes – Substitutes for all symbols except Scatter and Bonus Trigger, Pays from 2x or more in sequence, 5x in a row grant the games non-progressive jackpot.
  • Scatter:  Yes, grants 5/10/15 free spins for 3x or more on reels.
  • Other Features:  Pay-Table, Auto-Play, Pick Win Bonus Game with win Multiplier.

Theme & Game-play

Reel Bandits isn’t trying to reinvent the wagon wheel, it’s simply aiming to represent its theme to the best of its ability. What I really love here, no A-10 playing card symbols, the game designers made a big effort with the western desert background and followed that through with the reel icons.

You have four human characters, a butch John Wayne like Sherriff, a leering bandit with a cigar, an Annie Oakley type female gunslinger, and a cheery ginger bank manager from high to low.

At the lower end, there is a single six-shooter, some awesome cowboy boots, a gold lawman’s star and lastly a steel horseshoe.

The single game wild is a wild horse, which also pays from any 2x adjacent symbols on an active pay-line, as does the saloon beer barrel scatter, which is with the carriage bonus trigger the only two symbols not replaced by the wild. If you want the games fixed 100, 000 credit jackpot you need to line up five of the wild horses, all of the human characters, the scatter, wild and bonus trigger animate on a reel when active in a win or bonus round.

As is usual for Neogames Titles, this a flash slot so no software to download, you can play from both your web browser and mobile devices, it should be compatible with windows phones, PC’s and Macs. The entry music is really cool, and the reel music, bonus round tracks and sound effects are all perfectly on target for the genre. You get to choose from 1-30 slot pay- lines so that means 0. 30 credit minimum bet if you want to play all lines.

More than 25 lines can get a little hard to follow but you have a clickable pay-table should you need to double check anything.

You have a 5 /10 or 15 free spin award available if you land 3 or more scatters anywhere on the reels at the same time,  further scatters don’t add more spins, the number granted is random and Neogames are again not issuing either a re-trigger option or bonus start chance in the spins round, further, this is half the spins they normally offer on games.

This may sound a little like slim pickings but they do seem to come in very often and you get to direct the gunfire of our Annie Oakley character to select the number of spins, this is a step up from normal Neo slots in terms of interaction. The pick wins bonus is where the action is, land two bonus symbols on reels 1+5 at the same time to start the feature.

You then act as the Sheriff, sat astride his trusty steed and chasing down a stolen carriage after a bank robbery. Sacks randomly fall out of the rear and you reach to pick them up on the move until the collect icon appears. Each sack can contain a cash prize or a multiplier, I love this round and it isn’t a rarity in play either.

  • Reel Bandits Reels
  • Reel Bandits Pay Table
  • Reel Bandits Pay Lines
  • Reel Bandits Free Spins Bonus
  • Reel Bandits Free Spins Round
  • Reel Bandits Carriage Chase Bonus
  • Reel Bandits Bonus Trigger
  • Reel Bandits Carriage Chase Bonus Game
  • Reel Bandits Carriage Chase Win

The variance is higher than you might normally expect in the base game but this allows for regular bonus rounds, making the game an entertainment players staple title.

This really is a stand out slot amongst its stable mates, gunslinging bonus action, much-improved graphics and audio, we really need to see NeoGames turning out games like this more often, this is fast surpassing Fruity Friends as their most popular online slot game.

You can play this online slot for free and for real cash at most casinos who stock it. Check out the screenshots above if you are too lazy for that! It has the same 93% RTP which most games from this provider have and the same built-in menus in graphical and text form. As with the other slots and pokies from the developer, it is protected by a drop-out clause which records the game result if you have a device crash, no lost wins!