Quickspin are one provider that haven't gotten swept up in the newer trend of producing releases so packed full of features they become almost confusing. Instead, they stick to their roots, bringing us games that stand the test of time, suiting everyone – from beginner to experienced player. Now, the team are returning to their Sticky Bandits series once again to bring us the fourth variation with Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood – a highly volatile release with an RTP between 94.23% – 96.23%. With wins available up to 17,000x bet, let's take a closer look at this simple yet potent release.
Visually, things are dark, moody, and tense – but graphics are second to none, looking entirely Quickspin in the most perfect way. Audios fit the theme well, atmospheric and western, bringing the whole thing together for an ambience that is just waiting on huge wins bursting through.
Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood Base Features
Taking place across 5 reels, wins are formed on Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood by matching at least 2 premium or 3 non premium symbols on adjacent reels, beginning at the leftmost reel, along a win line. There are 10 fixed win lines in total, but don't let this dishearten you – symbol values reflect this. We begin at the non-premiums, with J, Q, K and As, awarding between 0.2 and 1x bet for 3 of a kind, with these values increasing to between 4 and 10x bet for 5 of a kind. Premiums begin with fire bombs and brass knuckles, awarding 0.2 and 0.3x bet respectively for 2 of a kind wins, up to 20 and 30x bet respectively for 5 of a kind. Following this we have a knife and a revolver, awarding 0.4 and 0.5x bet respectively for 2 of a kind, up to 40 and 75x bet respectively for 5 of a kind. Finally, we have Wilds, awarding 1x bet for 2 of a kind, up to an incredible 300x bet for 5 of a kind. Wilds substitute for all other symbols.
That's really it for the base game – it's all about landing Wilds in view and forming the right combinations. With symbol wins up to 300x bet, and even non premiums awarding 10x bet for 5 of a kind, there is the potential for some huge combinations, enough to keep you ticking over until you see free spins, which we'll cover below.
Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood Bonus
Landing 3 or more Wilds in view to trigger Revenge Free Spins:
- 3 Wilds anywhere in view – 10 Revenge Free Spins
- 4 Wilds anywhere in view – 12 Revenge Free Spins
- 5 Wilds anywhere in view – 15 Revenge Free Spins
During free spins, Wilds stick in place – including triggering Wilds. Any additional Wilds that land in view will also stick, and award +1 free spins.
Worth baring in mind here that Wilds pay up to 300x bet on their own, so if you're lucky enough to land 5 Wilds in view across a win line, you'll be looking at 15 Revenge Free Spins, with a 300x trigger. Wilds then stick, so you'd be looking at a minimum of 300x bet on every spin for a guaranteed 4,500x bet, before you consider landing more Wilds for additional spins – easy now to see how that maximum win is so easily possible in such a simple release.
There are two different Feature Buy options for those in appropriate regions:
- 100x bet – Land 3 or 4 Wilds to trigger 10 or 12 Revenge Free Spins. This will be the same frequency as when triggering by chance. RTP for this option is 96.36%.
- 400x bet – Land 4 or 5 Wilds to trigger 12 or 15 Revenge Free Spins. Again, this will be the same frequency as when triggering by chance. RTP for this option is 96.68%.
Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood is, in every sense, a simple release – the sort of thing many players long after in a market saturated with a multitude of feature buy options, confusing features and overloaded games. With elements of Cabin Crashers or Slugger Time in it (thanks to the Sticky Wilds), and an ode to Dead or Alive 2 with Wild Lines really producing the results, Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood does exactly what you would expect – perfectly suited to players who don't want to have to read a manual before playing the latest release.
If you are one of the players who enjoys a game packed to the brim with features, there's nothing to say you'll actually be disappointed, although it will be a change. Quickspin have maintained their style throughout market changes, and remain one of the few providers that don't have us saying ‘is that all?' when we see a full line of premiums. Instead, in this release you can see up to 10x bet for 5 of a kind non-premiums, up to 75x bet for 5 of a kind premiums, and a massive 300x bet for 5 of a kind Wilds.
The true potential comes to the surface in Revenge Free Spins, with Sticky Wilds to ensure wins continue to clock up to insane proportions. Landing 5 Wilds along a win line ensures you'll see minimum wins of 300x bet for every spin remaining – so it's easy to see how wins up to 17,000x bet are possible in this release.
With a highly volatile maths model and an RTP of 94.23% – 96.23%, it's not all sunshine – try landing 4 Sticky Wilds along a win line and sitting through a dozen or more spins without the 5th and you'll soon release that Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood takes no prisoners. Overall though, a clean, crisp release, with enough to keep you entertained for hours in spite of solely relying on Wilds.
*The screenshots taken of games reviewed on this site are taken from Demo Play, as reviews are often written before games are released for real play.