Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws: Slot Overview
Welcome pardner to the good ole Wild West, again, for a video slot from iSoftBet called Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws, a real saddlebag of familiar visuals and features culled from all over the place, mixed together and given an individual touch to produce something new - relatively speaking. It's also an addition to iSoftBet's Xtreme Pays Series, a line of games the developer has designed to be 'higher than normal in volatility with the chance to win bigger.' Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws doesn't exactly offer enormous rewards, but respectable all the same. To win them, you'll have to harness its 'book of' style mechanic, available in the base game and its various free spin bonus rounds.
As well as familiar features, Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws has a look that brings to mind NetEnt's classic Wild West games Dead or Alive, or its sequel, pick a favourite. A 5-reel, 10-payline game grid has been built into a creaky, bullet hole-ridden wooden structure in the middle of a dusty, lawless looking settlement that could be anywhere from Oklahoma to California. Wherever we are, it looks like the sort of place where smoke rises from the countertop when the bar person accidentally spills liquor when pouring it.
Playable on any device, users may set stakes starting at 10 p/c per spin, rising to £/€10 per spin for the higher rolling gunslingers. Since this is an Xtreme Pays slot, the volatility is high, while the default theoretical return value is 96%. Roughly one in four spins produces a win (20.4%) on average, occurring when at least three matching symbols land adjacently across one of the game's 10 fixed paylines.
Landing on the reels is nine paying symbols; five of them are 10-A card rank icons, and four of them outlaws. Van Der Wilde is the most valuable at a hefty 250x the stake for five of a kind, while below him are Bonney Cassidy, Buffalo Butch, and Mad Dog – worth 10 to 50 times the stake. If there's one thing we know about the West, it's to steer clear of people called Mad Dog. The only other symbol appearing on the reels is a wild/scatter.
Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws: Slot Features
The features in Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws have a definite 'book of' feel, but iSoftBet has made numerous rule adjustments to novelise them. The 'Outlaws' symbol is both scatter and wild. As the wild, it replaces any other symbol to form winning combinations. Any win with the scatter wild symbol causes the expanding wins feature. When triggered, the initial win is paid, then any of the symbols forming the win, except wilds, expand to cover all positions on the reel and a new win evaluation is made. This includes the initial win line again. If more than one symbol type formed an initial winning combination, then the symbols expand one after the other. Expanding wins pay left to right, only on connecting paylines, from the leftmost reel.
Landing 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels triggers free games. Next, a reel spins to award Van der Wilde, Bonney Cassidy, Buffalo Butch or Mad Dog Free Spins. Winning one of these bonuses awards 8 free spins and turns the respective character symbol into a Super Symbol. Super Symbols always expand if they form a winning line; they do not need to involve wilds. Moreover, 3+ scatters in view retriggers +8 free spins, keeping the current Super Symbol as was initially awarded.
Alternatively, when spinning the reel after winning free games, instead of getting one of the characters, you may win Super Free Spins instead. This bonus awards 5 Super Spins played on 4 simultaneously spinning game grids. Each grid has one of the character symbols transformed into a Super Symbol. This bonus game can be retriggered as well when at least 3 scatters symbols hit.
Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws: Slot Verdict
Add up Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws' various parts, and you've got a pretty entertaining slot on your hands. The features have been altered enough to make them interesting, and they can produce decent results when combined with a helping of luck. The Wild West theme brings such great visuals and music that half the job of design is practically done for you, yet iSoftBet has made an attractive game regardless, even if it similar to several others out there.
Moving on to gameplay, where there are subtle differences between this and standard 'book of' expanding symbols. In Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws, two big ones are that expanding symbols must be adjacent to each other on a payline, and must start from the leftmost reel to win. There's no landing expanding symbols on reels 2, 4 and 5 to receive a payout like you would in a conventional book game. Also, let's say you've got expanding symbols on reels 1 and 3 and a wild on the bottom row of reel 2. You're only rewarded for wins running through paylines connected by the wild since it does not expand.
Landing three scatters wasn't a particularly rare occurrence, yet they almost always ended up triggering one of the outlaw free spins. Super Spins, by comparison, were not easy to win. Being the game's main attraction, this is presumably where the best chance of cracking the game's potential is, which happens to be 8,000x the bet. You might have been expecting more since Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws is an Xtreme Pays slot, but 8k is more than your typical book game coughs up.
If you break Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws into its constituent components, each one does feel quite familiar. Put them all together, though, and well, they still have that familiar feel to them. Even so, the game's got a fun Western attitude, and the features are good enough to entice fans of expanding symbols, making Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws worth a look to see what it's made of.
Strong on Western attitude along with solid features makes Van Der Wilde & The Outlaws worth a look to see what it’s made of.