Robin Nottingham Raiders: Slot Overview
If you've played a Peter & Sons game, you'll clock in a heartbeat Robin Nottingham Raiders is from the Armenian studio. This is especially so if you've played the original game Robin Sherwood Marauders, a romp through medieval England that was not only enjoyable but one of Peter & Sons higher potential games. If Robin Nottingham Raiders' official stats are anything to go by, they put their predecessor firmly in the shade. One's like a low-level serf, surviving by poaching deer in a forest; the other one is a pampered noble living off the fat of the land.
True to its name, Robin Nottingham Raiders, moves the action away from the jagged trees of Sherwood Forest into the market town of Nottingham. You might not know this, but Nottingham was originally called Snotingham, which meant the town of snot people, and was ruled over by Chief Snot. It was also the place where the inventor of traffic lights was born, though it has found greater fame as the location of the legendary Robin Hood story. In Robin Nottingham Raiders, we find a 5-reel, 4-row game grid, or panel as they call it, surrounded by quaint wooden buildings and draped in 20 fixed paylines – all done in characteristic Peter & Sons style.
Before robbing the rich and giving it to yourself, bet selection is in order where stakes range from 20 p/c to $/€10 per spin. The game helpfully lists just about every stat you could ever want, including an RTP of 96.07%. Another important factor to be aware of is the game's extreme volatility - Robin Nottingham Raiders is no frolic in the forest but all-out class warfare on a feudal scale.
Hit frequency clocks in at 25.46% and occurs when matching symbols land left to right from the first reel onwards. All tiles have an old-world feel to them, such as low pay chicken legs, swords, mugs, batons, bows, and quivers of arrows. Moving on to the high pays, we find Friar Tuck, a man in an iron mask, Maid Marian, Robin, and King John. Landing a line of 5 premiums nets you a payout worth 5 to 10 times the stake. Coming in at 25 times the stake for five of a kind is the blue coin wild. Some of these are collected, as we'll see below, yet all are capable of replacing pay symbols to complete a win.
Robin Nottingham Raiders: Slot Features
Peter & Sons follow up the simple gameplay with two relatively simple features. One is a respin feature triggered when a certain number of gold wilds have been collected; the other is free spins with roaming wilds and multipliers.
Special wild symbols are collected on a meter at the right of the grid. When 9 have accrued, a respin is awarded where the 9 collected wilds are placed on the grid in random positions. It is possible for wilds to overlap, in which case they count as just one symbol. If free spins and the respin are simultaneously triggered, the respin plays first.
Land 3 or more scatters in the main game to trigger 15 free spins. In free spins, the chance of collecting special wilds is higher. Now, collecting batches of 3 wilds awards +3 free spins and adds the 3 wilds to the game board. There can be up to 9 roaming wilds active on the panel. These wilds remain on the reels for the rest of the round, moving to new positions on each spin. If 3 or 4 wilds appear on the same reel, that reel gets a multiplier of x2 or x3. Having more than one multiplier at once multiplies their values which then gets applied to any win.
Robin Nottingham Raiders: Slot Verdict
It's no secret Peter & Sons have been quietly carving out a niche for themselves within the iGaming ecosphere. The neat graphics, atmosphere, plus jaunty gameplay are distinctly their own, and you know instantly when a Peter & Sons game has been put on. Now they've made their mark when it comes to look and feel; they've upped the stakes to make an impression potential wise. The 35,000x in Robin Sherwood Marauders was impressive, but nothing exceptionally out of the ordinary. Robin Nottingham Raiders, on the other hand, comes with the sort of max win figure that makes people sit up and take notice.
Speaking of potential, it's worth mentioning that, while the base game only offers max wins of up to 500x (1 in 18,181 chance), the free spins round can result in wins of up to 121,500 times your stake. The chance of that happening is, of course, astronomical, and would require a multiplier of x243 + full-screen wilds. Even landing a 25,000x win is though, giving you a theoretical chance of 1 in 249,999,999.
Obviously, very few players will hit the max win, so will they enjoy themselves when playing Robin Nottingham Raiders regardless? For the most part, the answer is yes; the game is a pleasant medieval themed slot which builds on Robin Sherwood Marauders in some ways while slimming down others. The pay mechanic is one of the most obvious differences, and the return to fixed paylines rather than win-all-ways pays with cascades might feel a bit limiting for some players.
However, there are plenty of positives. Robin Nottingham Raiders looks nicer than its precursor, where the waving trees of Sherwood Forest tended to be a bit bleak at times. Much nicer is the old wooden chic of downtown Nottingham. The wild collection system is a nice addition to the base game too. It takes a fair few spins to trigger the respin feature from it, yet it makes a good distraction while powering through for free spins.
Free spins are where Robin unleashes those roaming wilds and multipliers. It's a knockout combo which has worked well elsewhere, though rarely, if ever, as effectively as in Robin Nottingham Raiders. Although there is massive potential involved, those seeing dollar signs better be sure they're up for a volatile ride because the game can be challenging. It's a well-designed bonus, however, that snowballs well. The more wilds, the more line wins, and the larger the multipliers. It is an extremely volatile cocktail that can produce some really nice bonus rounds (as well as some horrific ones).
The potential attached to Robin Nottingham Raiders is sure to raise Peter & Son's profile. Of course, a juicy video clip or two at some stage will go a long way to adding extra legitimacy to the claim. Until then, there is sure to be hordes of big win chasers heading to virtual Ye Olde England to give it a try.
Robin Nottingham Raiders its hat into the big win ring, marrying Peter & Son’s recognisable brand of gaming with eye-watering potential.