Cops N’ Bandits

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Recently launched in October 2012, Cops N’ Bandits appears poised to become one of Playtech’s newest slot hits. The game features a robbery theme, with colourful animated characters, plenty of bonus features and a new Autoplay function that is sure to get plenty of use among serious slot players.

The back story to Cops N’ Bandits is as old as thievery itself. Two dim-witted thieves, Skinny Larry and Tiny George, try to make off with sacks full of cash and jewels. It is up to Officer Slim McThin to blow the whistle on the brazen duo and bring them to justice. Expect a chase throughout the night as the criminals attempt to escape. There is bound to be a line up to indentify the perpetrators and jail time for the guilty parties, along with lots of cash rewards for persevering players.

Cops N’ Bandits has a 5-reel, 30-payline format. There are different coin denominations starting as low as €0.20 per line and running all the way up to €500.00. That means a maximum wager per spin is possible amounting to a whopping €15,000—clearly one of the most lucrative slot games currently being offered online.

Winning combinations start with matching three or more card symbols, Tens through Aces, Money Bags or Handcuffs. Only two matching characters are required for a payout from the stars of the chase, with Skinny Larry and Tiny George worth from 5 to 500 times the line bet and Officer Slim McThin paying 15X to 1000X. The Gold Badge is the game’s scatter symbol and the Line-Up symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5 initiate the Line-Up Bonus feature.

The brick wall Wild Symbol substitutes for all symbols except Gold Badges and Line-Up symbols. Two Wilds on an active payline are worth 25 times the line bet, while three, four or five Wilds are worth 250X, 1000X or 4000X, respectively. The latter is the highest paying score on the game’s payout table.

When three or more Gold Badges appear anywhere on the reels, the Free Games feature is triggered. Bonus payouts of 5, 30 and 300 times the total wager are also awarded for three, four or five badges. The player then selects one or two badges as indicated to reveal the number of free spins to be played, from a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 65. During the free spins, the bonus symbols for Gold Badges and Line-ups are eliminated, so retriggering of bonuses is not possible.

However, there is an added reward called the “Locked Wild Feature.” Whenever a bandit appears adjacent to a cop on reels 2, 3 or 4, the bandit is literally “locked” in position and, beginning on the next spin, becomes a Wild symbol, sentenced to how many every free spins remain. Under a best case scenario, up to nine bandits could be tossed into Wild lock-up for untold numbers of four- and five-line winning combinations. Note that this feature becomes disabled on the very last of the free spins.

Whenever all three Line-Up symbols appear on reels 1, 3 and 5, the Line-Up Feature is activated. A new screen appears with six thugs to choose from. Picking the guilty one releases the “reward” amount that appears at the top of the screen. Choosing the wrong criminal carries a penalty. The selection will reveal a cash number to be deducted from the reward available. The player continues making choices until the “right” criminal is identified and the remaining prize amount is released.

One of the best new features of Cops N’ Bandits is its Autoplay. Just a click exposed the pop-up menu options for 10, 25, 50 or 99 automatic spins, plus there is a new “Until Feature” button, which will continue automatic spins until one of the two special bonuses is won, either the Free Spins Scatter or the Line-Up Bonus. Since many serious slot players use Autoplay for the purpose of skipping to bonus rounds, this innovation is certain to get a lot of attention going forward.

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