Did you miss Robin Hood slots? This fair and romantic chap is never out of fashion. Game designers keep coming back to this topic. Today, we are testing one more Rival attempt to bring Robin back to life in an i-Slot “Sherwood Forest Fortunes.’ So, let’s dig in.
The gameplay at ‘Sherwood Forest’ is relatively standard. The slot features five reels and twenty lines. To win, you have to land a combo of identical symbols on the line you have chosen. The first tile in the combo has to land on the first reel. The minimal combination for standard tiles is the set of three. Obviously, the tops here are five tiles in a combo. You may choose a line or lines using the ‘Select Lines’ button right under the reel screen. You are also free to use the sidebar buttons. Just hit the number, and the lines will be selected automatically. After, you need to set the line bet. The limit for the line bet is ten coins. The value of the coins varies from 0.01 to 0.25. Thus, the maximum spin bet equals 50.00. Not so significant if you like to roll high, but pretty fine for gamblers with smaller bankrolls.
All the tiles here are themed. The cheapest icon in a play is a Lute. For the set of five, your line wager is going to be multiplied 40 times. A Bag with Gold is worth 65x the bet for five. Five Swords are worth 100x the line wager. The identical combination of Scepters will be paid 150x the stake. Five Crowns are worth 250x. A tile with Little John is paid 350x the wager for five. Five King Johns are paid 500 times the line bet. Friar Tuck is paid 800x the wager for five.
One more tile features the Sheriff of Nottingham. This tile comes with some perks. If for all the aforementioned pay icons the minimal combo is three of a kind, then for the tile with the Sheriff the minimal combo is only two. The payouts for this tiny combo aren’t great, just 10x the bet. But for the five of a kind, you will get your wager 10,000 times higher.
Going on with the Scatters, you can’t not mention a Free Spins’ tile. It features Maid Marian. Land three tiles and get five spins. Four scatter tiles will be awarded with ten spins. For the max combo of five you will get twenty-five spins. All of those are on the house and come with a 3x multiplier.
If Maid Marian is a free spin tile, then Robin himself is a Wild. Match maid in heaven, right? The Wild as usual replaces a missing tile to form a combination. The wild appears on odd reels only.
There is one more symbol to watch out for. It initiates the bonus round. But, it changes from round to round. Say, in the first round it is a Quiver with Arrows. In the second round, the Bonus tile is a Satchel. In the third, is an icon with a Map, and so on. Remember, the Bonus tile does not only initiate the bonus game, but it also allows you to move on to the next game round.
Speaking of which, there are four rounds in the game. The first round is considered more or less introductory. The second round takes you to the road that goes through the Sherwood forest. The round is called ‘Tax Collection’. Then, you move to the village. It’s the perfect place for stealing from the rich and giving the money back to the poor. The final round takes place in the Sherwood castle. Here, your task is to confront the sheriff himself.
Each round features an authentic bonus game. It’s an interactive game that can move you to the next location as well as bring you some bonus wins. First bonus game, for example, involves some scarecrow shooting. You better practice more; you need the best archery skill here! This rounds’ system may seem a bit complicated, but to help you keep track of your success, there is a ‘Game Map’ in the upper right corner of the reel screen.
Right across the screen, in the upper left corner of it, there is a ‘Pay Table.’ Here, you will find all the basic rules and combo pays. The spinning at ‘Sherwood Forest’ is done either manually or in an auto mode. The interface here is exactly the same as in any other Rival slot. The design is also typically Rival. Not striking, but solid. The interface is embedded into the reel screen nicely. We had some hard times figuring out where is a button and where is a post from the background design.
So, is ‘Sherwood Forest Fortunes’ really worth it? Fortune wise. The regular tiles payouts are quite regular. Don’t expect anything significant there. The Free Spins are scarce. The tops here are 25 and guess the possibility to trigger it considering that it requires as many as five scatters. The Wild comes with no multiplier whatsoever. But actually the RTP here is rather favorable, 97%. So spending some time at Sherwood forest spinning the reels, seems like a promising idea. After all, the bet tops are relatively moderate.