Realtime Gaming has faced some criticism in the past for not releasing as many new titles as some of their competition. They've done a good job in the past 12 months of changing that perception by coming out with new games regularly. Cash Bandits represents not only their newest title, but it also represents a big part of them rallying back against critics. In short, they have something to prove in a major way. Do they come through? Keep reading and we'll show you what you need to know to decide for yourself.
The Format and Layout
Cash Bandits uses a cops and robbers type of theme where you take the role of the robbers trying to break open a vault for a big cash prize. It uses five reels and three formats, like most modern video slots, and this particular game features 25 paylines. This is a popular format that RTG likes to use a lot, and you could go so far to say that they have really taken ownership of the 25-payline category since most of the competition has tried to dominate with other formats.
Bet Size Issues
They really wanted to make sure that anyone could enjoy this game, so the minimum bet size is a super-low $0.25 per spin with $0.01 coins on 25 paylines, assuming that you keep all of the paylines activated. You should do that in this game, because if you don't, then you're going to be saddled with a lower payout rate overall. Because the coins go up to $5 apiece, then you can have bet sizes as large as $125 per spin, so high stakes players are going to be satisfied as well.
Symbol Set and Payouts
The vault is one of the two most important symbols in this game, and it's wild. You'll also find bags of money, cop cars, stacks of jewels and more, all of which fit the cops and robbers theme of the new Cash Bandits slot. Five of the wild triggers a 2,500x payout that's the highest normal payout in the game. However, the pays don't just drop off, and you can earn the equivalent of a 5,000x line bet payout (200x your total bet) for five of the cops and robbers badge symbol that's the true jackpot. Five of the bank earns 1,500x, and five of the cop on the radio gives you 1,250x as well. Like many RTG slots, this game also features two progressive jackpots that start at $1,000 and $250 apiece.
Key Bonus Feature
The main bonus feature in this game is where you'll get the most value. The way it works is that you pick up three or more of the scatter to come across four vaults. You'll try to guess the right code on the keypads for the vaults, and you can win up to 90 free spins. What's amazing about this game is that you'll also get multipliers worth up to 12x, so the free spins payouts can get pretty huge.
Overall, we think that Cash Bandits shows that Realtime Gaming is working hard to repair their reputation. It has good graphics without using the hokey 3D graphics that many games use these days, and the bonus feature adds a ton of value.