Every now and again, a setting comes around in the online slots world, and it just sticks – Egypt, Ireland, and the Wild West seem to be three main hotspots to set a release in. It seems though that a lot of the time the setting goes hand in hand with the mechanic offered, which is where we find ourselves today – in a Western release focused on Wild symbols. Ringing any bells? Of course it is – Dead or Alive, Wanted Dead or a Wild, Wild West Gold, Deadwood, Tombstone RIP, Deadly 5, Sticky Bandit's Trail of Blood, they've all got it. Now Stakelogic are giving it a go, leaving behind the sweet tooth required to create Delicious Candy PopWins, and instead revisiting their Western spirit from Cash Express, with Outlaws Hunter. With a fixed RTP of 95.91%, this highly (5/5) volatile release can produce wins up to 20,000x bet.
Well, where else would we be but in the west? There's often this overwhelming sepia tone in a lot of these releases, and Stakelogic have stuck to that. We have the standard elements you'd expect – a noose, a saloon, sandy grounds, wooden buildings, tumbleweeds, and wooden reels – with sheriffs badges, pistols, cowboy hats and horseshoes helping bring the theme into the symbols. There's nothing that really stands out here, and it maybe doesn't compete with some of the aforementioned Western releases, but it does its' job of bringing us into the heart of the American Frontier. Audios are suitable for what's happening, but again are a fairly safe choice – not necessarily a bad thing, though.
Outlaws Hunter Base Features
Taking place across 5 reels, wins are formed on Outlaws Hunter by matching at least 3 symbols on adjacent reels, beginning with the leftmost reel, across 1 of 50 fixed win lines. Symbols available begin with non premiums, with 10s, Js, Qs, Ks, and As, awarding wins between 0.10 and 0.20x bet for 3 of a kind, increasing to values between 2 and 3x bet for 5 of a kind. At the premium end we have whiskey, horse shoes, cowboy hats, pistols, and a cowboy. Land 3 of a kind of any premium to see wins between 0.30 and 1x bet, increasing to values between 6 and 10x bet for 5 of a kind. Finally, Wild symbols are available, substituting for all symbols except Scatter symbols, and awarding wins of 1, 3, and 10x bet for 3, 4, and 5 of a kind, respectively.
So the first thing to cover in Outlaws Hunter is the Super Stake option – a favourite of Stakelogic. By doubling the bet, players are awarded extra chances of hitting ‘insanely valuable winning combinations'. As is normally the case though, we don't know what these insanely valuable winning combinations are, nor how increased this chance is. We are told that the average hit frequency for this feature (I assume the insanely valuable one) is 1 in 95.91 spins, but I'm not sure what that would be without Super Stake. Still, the option is there should you want to make use of it.
Aside from the Super Stake, Wild symbols make up all of the action in Outlaws Hunter. In the base game, when a Wild symbol lands on the reels and contributes to a win, it will expand to fully cover the reel it has landed on, substituting for all symbols except Scatter symbols. It will then reveal one of five outlaws, which come with a range of multipliers:
- Billy the Kiddo – multiplier range x2 – x10
- El Mexicano – multiplier range x5 – x15
- Bella Star – multiplier range x7 – x17
- Butcher Cassidy – multiplier range x10 – x20
The final outlaw is Angry Bear, which can only be revealed from a Wild symbol that lands on reel 3. When Angry Bear is active, there will no multiplier revealed – instead, the Tomahawk Storm feature is triggered. Tomahawk Storm transfers all regular non premium symbols into Angry Bear Wilds.
Multiple outlaw Wild symbols will see their multiplier values added together before being applied to wins.
Outlaws Hunter Bonus
Land 3 or more Scatter symbols to trigger Free Spins. Once Free Spins have been triggered, the number of spins will be chosen by spinning the Fortune Wheel – between 5 and 20 spins can be awarded.
Free Spins continue to be all about the Wild symbols, although now things are slightly different. First of all, Wild symbols will no longer expand to cover the reel, revealing an outlaw. Instead, all Wild symbols that land on the reels during Free Spins will stick in their position for the duration of spins. They will also reveal a multiplier value between x2 and x500.
The multiplier value revealed will be collected and added to the Wanted poster at the top left of the reels, which displays the Total Multiplier Counter. During Free Spins, every win is multiplied by the Total Multiplier Counter.
There's nothing overtly complicated about Outlaws Hunter, and I don't think Stakelogic tried to make it complicated either. Often, these overused themes do best with a simple idea and good execution, and that's more or less what we have here. Interestingly, the game kind of feels like two different ones – expanding Wilds with multipliers in the base game, but sticky Wilds with overall win multipliers in Free Spins. Either way, they're both good examples of making a Wild game work.
Even though it's a completely different feature, there's no denying that things heat up in Free Spins, especially with multipliers up to x500 available, which are then applied to all future wins. Sticky Wilds can feel a bit ‘meh' after so many releases, but the multiplier goes a long way towards bringing this excitement back. It's quite reminiscent of Print Studios' Huntress Wild Vengeance, which works with a Global Multiplier alongside Wild Reels. Given the timing though, seems like more of a coincidence than anything.
When the right combinations land, wins are possible up to 20,000x bet, although this release is highly (5/5) volatile, so I wouldn't expect an easy ride. Final thing to cover is the RTP, which is fixed at 95.91% – not too bad, the current market considered.
And that's it – I told you it was simple! If you're a fan of Western releases, Wild focused releases, or hefty win multipliers, Outlaws Hunter could be calling your name.
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