Robbin’ Robin: Slot Overview
English based developer Iron Dog Studios explores their cultural heritage in the medieval-themed slot Robbin’ Robin. Before diving in, the title presents a minor puzzle to solve. Does it mean we are meant to rob Robin, or that Robin is a robber? If it’s the former, then the studio has picked an unconventional approach. Anyway, once you’ve solved this head-scratcher, it’s time to don stretchy green tights and feathered caps for some Robin Hood-inspired antics.
Players find themselves in the middle ages for this escapade, on the mean streets of old Nottingham to be precise. This was a town close to Sherwood Forest, where Robin and his merry men used to hang out and hide from the law. Iron Dog often goes for a cartoonish style when designing slots, and they’ve done the same for Robbin’ Robin. Surrounding the 5-reel, 1,024 payline game grid, the background imagery depicts a picturesque town made up of timber-framed buildings, stone gates, a fast-moving cloudy sky, and a Robin Hood wanted poster. What drives home the Ye Olde England feel is a pleasant medieval soundtrack that conjures up images of nobles engaged in coordinated dancing or a band of merry men reminiscing on the meaning of life around a campfire as their minstrel strums away.
Joining Robin on his hijinks is possible on any device, where bets from 10 p/c to £/€25 may be selected. The rest of the stats are as respectable as a medieval merchant, starting with an RTP value of 96.4%. Interestingly, this figure drops slightly to 96% when the feature buy has been activated. The game is quite volatile, rated 4 out of 5, so prepare for some choppy sessions, yet decent rewards are possible should your luck be in. If not, you can get stuck in an uneventful base game with little besides low value wins occasionally hitting.
To win on Robbin’ Robin, you’ll need to land at least 3 matching symbols left to right starting from the first reel. There are no paylines, so row position doesn’t matter, resulting in 1,024 possible ways to win. On to the paytable where lower value symbols start with 10 to A card icons, while higher pays include mugs of beer, hats, arrows, bags of gold, and chests of gold. A single line win isn’t worth a heck of a lot on its own - 1.5 to 5 times the stake for 5 premiums, but the number of ways helps augment payouts. As does the target practice wild, which substitutes for all non-special symbols.
Robbin’ Robin: Slot Features
The band of merry men (and lady) shows up on the special symbols, triggering free spins with various modifiers when they land. They are joined by a golden Lionheart symbol bearing 2 different abilities. When a Lionheart symbol lands in the main game, it transforms itself along with 2 to 4 non-special symbols into wild symbols. If it lands during free spins, the win multiplier and the free spins counter is increased by +1.
Triggering free spins occurs when 3 of the character symbols land. If they do, 10 free spins are awarded, and the triggering special symbols have their modifier activated. There are 5 possibilities:
- Friar Tuck increases free spins by +1 whenever he lands.
- Maid Marion turns into a sticky wild.
- Robin Hood expands to cover an entire reel and is wild.
- Little John increases the win multiplier by +1.
- Alan-a-Dale removes the lowest value royal symbol.
During the base game, each character symbol appears on its own set reel, so when free spins are triggered, you always get 3 different modifiers.
The other way to trigger the bonus game is to activate the bonus buy option. This awards 10 free spins while also allowing you to choose the 3 modifiers you would like to use. Different combinations of features have different price tags which are clearly displayed, so there are no surprises. The cheapest was Friar Tuck, Little John, and Alan-a-Dale for 40x the bet, up to Robin, Little John and Alan-a-Dale for 185x the bet.
Robbin’ Robin: Slot Verdict
Robin Hood is one of those romantic figures that reappears time and again in all facets of pop culture, including slots. You can see why, as Iron Dog humorously put it, you get to 'steal from the rich and give to the needy.' As far as competing with other games in this category, Robbin’ Robin fails to stand out in an obvious way, but it doesn’t really let the side down either. It looks alright, in a lite flimsy cartoon manner, and the music is enjoyable. The most important element, gameplay, isn’t bad either though the base game is pretty run-of-the-mill most of the time. It’s a little tricky to form a strong opinion about Robbin Robin because there’s nothing terrible nor extraordinary to latch onto and dissect.
One of the most interesting things about Robbin’ Robin is the menu selection when buying the bonus feature. Having the opportunity to pick the 3 modifiers you like the look of, buffet style, isn’t something you run into every day, which can be quite satisfying to play around with. It might suit players who want to stretch their bonus buy budget as much as those who want to go all-in and fork out for the most effective modifiers. Technically, if modifiers land in numbers during the feature, they can go together to produce good results. It might not be the ‘wealth of the land’ as the game sheet puts it, yet respectable potential of up to 7,500x the bet is up for grabs.
For a quaint trip to the past to spin reels alongside one of the most famous characters of the era, Robbin’ Robin presents a fairly entertaining diversion. Outside of fiddling with the bonus buy, not a lot about it is hugely memorable, but it might suit players who like the idea of taking from the rich and giving to themselves, if they’re lucky.
Outside of fiddling with the bonus buy, not a lot about Robin’ Robbin is hugely memorable.