Sticky Bandits Wild Return
Some two years after their initial foray into the gunslinging slot business with 2017’s ‘Sticky Bandits’, Quickspin are back with a much-improved sequel; Sticky Bandits: Wild Return.
The volatility has been cranked up a little, as has the max win, the features and even the number of Bandits. This time the game plays out on a 5x4 reel set with 40 fixed paylines, and once again comes with huge 2x2 and 3x3 Bandit symbols.
Feature-wise the biggest wins are going to come from a scatter triggered free spins round with sticky wilds. That being said, there are also some mighty fine wins to be had on the brand-new Quick Slot base game feature.
Released in August 2019, Sticky Bandits: Wild Return can be played at participating casinos from €0.20 to €100 per spin.
Design & Symbols
In terms of design and graphics, Quickspin has pulled out all the stops. Back in 2017 they were lavished with praise for the visuals on the original Sticky Bandits but comparing it to the second instalment in the franchise, they really are like night and day. The sharp graphics and animations are worth loading this game up for alone; it really goes to show what a long we slot design has come in such a relatively short space of time. The action takes place in 3 skulls saloon, a capacious torchlit Wild West bar with central steps leading up to a second-floor gantry where “ladies of the night” lean invitingly over the interior balcony looking for punters. Meanwhile, rugged-looking cowboy types converse, gamble and quaff sippin’ liquor at the bar and tables downstairs. The soundtrack is also a winner, really setting the gunslinging scene.
The gameboard sits front and centre with partially translucent reels (the high value symbols have solid colour backgrounds, the low value symbols are on translucent backgrounds) with the game’s logo above the reels.
Low value symbols are the playing card values J-A. High value symbols are boxes of cigars, glasses of Whisky, and three bandits; one with a bushy white moustache, another with a full black beard, and the highest paying symbol is a newcomer, a flame-haired, double gun-toting cowgirl. The cowgirl is the highest paying symbol with 5 across a payline awarding 10x the bet size. The cowboy hat-wearing skull and crossbones is the scatter. Symbols appear stacked on all reels (including the wild), and the Bandits can also appear as Massive Symbols.
- Massive Symbols
- Quick Slot Bonus
- Lucky Shot Free Spin Bonus
As previously noted, the three bandit symbols not only appear as regular-sized and stacked symbols but also as Massive Symbols which appear as 2x2 or 3x3 symbols (or parts thereof, depending on where the land).
This is a brand-new feature which is only available during the base game. On reel 5 there is a special symbol, depicting a one-armed bandit. Once landed, this activates the Quick Slot Bonus where up to 3 spins on the one-armed bandit are awarded. The board is replaced with a larger version of the slot machine where up to 500x can be won in a single spin.
Lucky Shot Free Spin Bonus
3 scatters activate seven Lucky Shot free spins. During free spins whenever a bandit lands, a shot is fired which transforms whichever symbol it hits into a wild. If it hits a bandit then it transforms into a sticky wild. Hit a full 3x3 bandit and all 9 symbols turn into sticky wilds.
Our Thoughts on Sticky Bandits Wild Return
Sticky Bandits Wild Return is a great game from Quickspin which improves endlessly on the original. The design is better, the features are better, and the wins are better. It is also quite a compelling game and very, very playable.
The one downside which, although improved, carries over from the previous incarnation is the relatively low maximum win. Although it has increased from 739x to 1,145x, this is still a pretty low max win, especially for a highly volatile slot. However, although the real big win chasers are likely to stick to the likes of NetEnt’s Dead or Alive 2 or Nolimit City’s Tombstone, there is certainly a market for an immaculately presented, fun and feisty game like Sticky Bandits Wild Return.