Ruff Heist

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Ruff Heist: Slot Overview

After taking a moment to reflect, it's funny, if not a little scary, how many heist slots are floating about the place. It's almost as if providers weren't making casino games; they'd be… robbing banks? Wait, let's not cast aspersions. Maybe they'd be writing crime novels or screenplays for movies. Indulging in another crime spree fantasy is developer Play'n GO with the slot Ruff Heist. To lighten the mood, Ruff Heist has doggies as its bad guys rather than human villains and sets them loose amongst a cash symbol collection feature, three types of collectors, and free spins with an additional cash prize.

It would appear that the great doggy heist is taking place in the British Isles somewhere, thanks to the British flag being displayed in one or two places. One is the roof of the vehicle housing Ruff Heist's game grid. Another is a sticker stating, 'Keep calm and woofing on.' Apparently, the British flag is referred to as the Union Flag when used on land, and the Union Jack only when used at sea. And we're on firm ground for Ruff Heist, which splits its time between an urban street scene for its base game and a loot-laden vault for free spins. Regardless of location, the game emphasises a humorous element provided by bank-robbing canines and keeps the mood light throughout.

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Ruff Heist slot - base game

What's not light is Ruff Heist's math model, rated high and getting a score from its maker of 8 out of 10. Available in five RTP configurations, depending on the market, the default return value players can theoretically expect is 96.19%. Ruff Heist doesn't offer a lot of ways to win, in regards to hitting winning combinations of regular symbols, that is. Just 10 paylines cross its 5x3 gaming panel, available for play with bets ranging from 10 p/c to $/€100 per spin.

Along Ruff Heist's 10 paylines, players are able to land winning combinations of 3 to 5 of a kind in length - 2 in the case of the most valuable premium symbol. For its lows, the game uses 5 dog collar attachments in various colours, all worth 10 times the bet when landing 5-of-a-kind. Then, as highs, there are any combination of Diamond Cash symbols, a collar, a pocket watch, a kitty bank, and a Faberge Egg, worth 20 to 200 times the stake for 5 OAK.

Ruff Heist: Slot Features

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Ruff Heist slot - free spins splash screen

There's a whole lot of collecting going on in Ruff Heist. Well, there is if the going's good - in the base game as well as in its free spins bonus round. Look out for the Cash Vault in free spins, too, achieved when players make it all the way along the free spins trail for an additional payout.

Dog Collect Feature

Landing a Dog Collect symbol awards any Diamond Cash symbols simultaneously in view. Diamond Cash symbols have prize values of 2x-4x, 6x, 8x, 10x, 15x, 20x, 25x, 30x, and 5,000x the bet. In the base game, Dog Collect symbols land only on reel 5, whereas in free spins, Dog Collect symbols are present on all five reels. It is possible to hit a Dog Collect but no Diamond Cash symbols. Sad face. Ruff Heist has three types of Dog Collect symbols, each possessing a different ability:

  • Badge – collects all Diamond Cash symbols.
  • T-Bone – upgrades all Diamond Cash symbols before collecting.
  • Archie – upgrades all Diamond Cash symbols before collecting. The collection may repeat between 1 and 5 times.

When upgrading Diamond Cash symbols with multiple Collectors present, the upgrade happens once before each Dog Collecter collects. As a final point, Dog Collectors are wild, too, so they substitute for any regular pay symbol.

Free Spins

Pimped cats are Ruff Heist's scatter symbol. Landing 3, 4, or 5 scatters awards 10, 15, or 20 free spins, respectively. When a Dog Collect symbol hits, it highlights a position on the free spins trail. At every fourth position on the trail, the Dog Collect is upgraded (Badge - T-Bone - Archie) with 10 extra free spins awarded each time. The trail position is evaluated at the end of a spin, and upgrades are applied to the next spin.

On each spin, a random cash value is added to the Cash Vault. Values can be 1x, 2x, 5x, or 10x the bet. If players make it to the end of the trail and there are no more free spins, then they are awarded the Cash Vault value. If the trail is reached before free spins have ended, the Cash Vault keeps incrementing on each spin till the round ends.

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Ruff Heist slot - free spins

Ruff Heist: Slot Verdict

Cash symbol collection games are one of the hottest segments of the market, and anyone looking for one which doesn't involve water sports might be interested by the going's on in Ruff Heist. What could make Ruff Heist more palatable for some is that it has felines instead of fish, though this might be a deal breaker for players who prefer to feel a virtual sea breeze on their face while plucking cash symbols from the reels. For others who couldn't care less what species graces the game or who like cats, Ruff Heist has a few switch-ups which might reel them in for a look.

One of those switch-ups is the fact that three types of collectors can appear in the base game, or one type at a time, depending on the upgrade level in free spins. Keeps you on your toes, kinda, never knowing exactly how the next Diamond Cash collect sequence might play out. Free spins are more predictable, in a good way, since the trail lets you know exactly which Collector symbol is active. It also alerts players to the current value of the Cash Vault, which helps with emotional investment in a free spins session, providing a nice sweetener for completing the trail. Even when completing the trail during the test session, the returns weren't massive, and it's a little puzzling as to how Ruff Heist will get anywhere near hitting its 5,000x the bet max win without being really lucky and collecting the highest value Diamond Cash symbol.

To sum up, Ruff Heist is a humorous game designed to a pleasing standard and sprinkled with relatively new touches, mechanically speaking. It didn't feel destined to shake up the money symbol collection space like a Big Bass Bonanza, but it might make for an appreciable change from fish.

Mediocre

Ruff Heist isn’t destined to shake up the money symbol collection space.

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