Robin Sherwood Marauders: Slot Overview
Editor’s note: This review evaluates Robin Sherwood Marauders based on its early access state and may not represent the final product. We plan on reviewing it again once the game gets a full release.
Independent Armenian based developer Peter & Sons brings their unique touch to one of the most enduring stories in English literature. From the tale that taught robbing the rich to give to the poor is okay as long as the rich are a little nasty, comes Robin Sherwood Marauders. If you’ve played a game from this developer before you’ll instantly spot this as a Peter & Sons release. The studio has found their ‘voice’, and produce distinctive games with an instantly recognisable appearance. While the look is rather unique, its features aren’t quite so cutting edge. If you’re up for hanging out in forests nabbing coins from tax collectors, let’s take a look.
The last game we reviewed from P&S on Yggdrasil’s YGS Program was Johnan Legendarian, a game that bears a similarity to Sherlock visually. You can especially see this in the way they render characters or the sort of stop motion appearance of the animations – the way winning symbols, for example, explode into a pile of leaves when removed from play. Behind the 6-reel, 4,096 ways game area, Sherwood Forest doesn’t look quite so inviting. The sky is a plain turquoise colour, while pointy trees, built as a sort of fortress, sway in the breeze like spikey stakes. If you’re on a mobile, you might want to switch to portrait mode to blot them out. The music is a real medieval renaissance, invoking a warm, wholesome feeling. It’s easy to imagine a stone room in winter full of minstrels, roaring fires heating an enormous banquet hall, heavy wooden tables laden with roasted animals, barrels of ale, and everyone simply enjoying their time.
Taking part in the festivities is possible on any device, where bets of 10 p/c up to £/€20 may be set. As well as having a similar Johnan look, many stats are close as well, such as the 96.10% RTP. Volatility is high, though players can theoretically expect to land a win every fifth spins or so, kicking off a couple of features each time.
Symbols used include four low pay card suits – clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades. These are followed up by the more interesting icons and character high pays. Here we find clubs, an old-time guitar, arrows, swords, the Sherriff of Nottingham, and Robin as the highest paying tile. Landing on reels 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 is a ‘W’ wild, substituting any regular pays to help complete a win.
Robin Sherwood Marauders: Slot Features
Wins start on the first reel and are formed by matching symbols left to right, irrespective of row. When this occurs, the cascade feature removes the winning symbols to drop new ones into the gaps. Cascades end when no new wins line up. Each cascade increases a win multiplier by +1, returning to its starting value of x1 with each new spin.
While the base game provides the double whammy of cascades and multipliers, other extras include free spins and super free spins. Free spins are triggered when 3 or more scatter chest symbols land on the reels. Players receive 12, 14, 16, or 18 free spins when 3, 4, 5, or 6 chests are in view. Here, the only real difference to the base game is when wild symbols land they expand to cover their respective reel. If they are used in a win, wilds blast off the screen along with the other winning symbols, they are not sticky. Interestingly, the multiplier still increases following cascades, but it resets between spins. It does not remain at the higher value as you usually would expect to find in free spins that use this device. Also, free spins cannot be retriggered.
Down below the reels you’ll see a progress bar. When scatters land, they contribute 1-3 points to the bar. When 292 points have been collected, 12 super free spins are awarded, meaning it does take some grinding to unlock the true potential of the game. Keep in mind, changing the bet starts the collecting process again, though previous progress is saved should you change bets back. Before super free spins start, a target appears on screen displaying different multiplier on its rings of x2 to x10. Robin shoots an arrow and wherever it lands is the starting win multiplier for the round. Expanding wilds are more likely to appear, and each time the multiplier is reset, it returns to this target value rather than x1.
Robin Sherwood Marauders: Slot Verdict
Robin Sherwood Marauders is another satisfying outing from the Peter & Sons team. The game is enjoyable to play, driven mainly by charming symbols and music – the background isn’t so inspiring this time. Cascades/multipliers keep the base game moving until free spins trigger, or if you’re patient, super free spins which give you a target to aim for. Robin Sherwood Marauders isn’t the surprisingly fresh take on a populous slot genre Johnan Legendarian was, yet it is no less pleasant to play.
While successfully forging an identity, the only minor gripe is Peter & Sons has been fairly conventional when it comes to features. Johnan boiled down to an unusually presented ‘book of’ slot, while Robin Sherwood Marauders is all about winning free spins with expanding full reel wilds. Enjoyable, but it would be nice to see Peter & Sons get a bit more inventive at some point. They’ve nailed their look, so more original gameplay would really make the team stand out.
Another detail that may provoke a negative response for some players is how the win multiplier resets between free spins. The good news is this decision hasn’t dented potential as the game is capable of dishing out wins of over 16,000x in the base game and 35,000x in the bonus (observed during testing). It also dials up desirability for super free spins since they can have a default multiplier of up to x10. It all makes Robin Sherwood Marauders another playable Peter & Sons release. The slot might not blaze a trail, but it looks nice, plays well, and provides entertaining gaming.
Though the features hold it back from greatness, an entertaining atmosphere, impressive design, and excellent stats have been brought together in such a way that the complete game works on nearly every level.