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Bandits Thunder Link

Bandits Thunder Link (Stakelogic) Slot

Slot Ranking

Graphics - 79
Gameplay - 78
Bonuses - 79
Value - 77
78/100
Game Information
Release: 25.03.2021
Software: Stakelogic
Game Type: Video slot
Variance: High
Paylines: 10
Reels: 5
Quickfacts
RTP: 95.6%
Bet Levels: 0.10 - 10
Max Win: 50,000x
Megaways: No
Multipliers: Yes
Free Spins: Yes

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Bandits Thunder Link, by Stakelogic

This upcoming slot is already controversial, but why? And is it any good? Let’s investigate…

Stakelogic is still a relatively unknown name in the world of online slots, so if you haven’t heard of them before don’t panic – you are far from alone on that one! The company first appeared way back in 2014, founded as a subsidiary of Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions GmbH – a company you may know as Novomatic AG.

Their first move was to acquire the rights to the entire backlog of Sheriff Gaming slots, another smaller developer. Sheriff was quickly earning a reputation as an innovative and creative team who were coming out with some of the most interesting games being released back then. It wasn’t until 2018 when Stakelogic was purchased by Triple Bells that things changed and they finally began developing and publishing online slots under their own banner.

Let’s fast forward to today, and the company has now released 67 games and acquired the necessary licenses from both the UK Gambling Commission and the well-respected Malta Gambling Authority. This combination of first-tier licenses has allowed Stakelogic to offer their games in almost every country that allows online gambling. The quality of their recent output – including the game Bandits Thunder Link being discussed here – appears to be extremely high. Let’s take a look at it in more detail:

Overview: Bandits Thunder Link

Players of the smash-hit Dead or Alive games will find the look and feel of this game extremely familiar. It’s not just the fact that they both have a Wild West theme at their core, either. Many of the symbols and play mechanics appear to have been directly lifted from Dead or Alive 2, but that isn’t automatically a bad thing – that game is absolutely fantastic, after all!

The game is based on a standard five-reel, three-row setup, so every player should feel comfortable with the layout immediately. There are ten pay lines as opposed to the nine in DoA2, but that’s a very minor difference and has almost no effect on how the game plays.

The manufacturer specifies a bet range of between 0.10 units to 10.00 units, which seems a little on the small side but is perhaps understandable once you get to know the game further. Volatility is extremely high, as the maximum possible win is an outrageous 50,000x your stake. This is identical to another game that shares more than a few similarities with Bandits – Relax Gaming’s seemingly unstoppable Money Train 2, but is slightly less than half of the maximum hit possible in DoA2.

With an RTP of 95.6%, Bandits is very much in the right sort of range for a slot of this type. MT2 is set at 96.4%, whilst DoA2 is even higher at 96.8%. Just remember though, a huge chunk of RTP in these games is tied up in their big-paying bonus rounds. Because of this, you can be sure that you will have to be hitting lots of scatters during play to have any hope of finishing your session in profit when you play any of these games.

Symbols & Payouts

Many of the symbols used in Bandits Thunder Link are cloned straight out of DoA2. The Sherriff’s star, gun and holster, and cowboy hat are the most obvious examples, but then again it is perhaps fair to ask – what other pictures would you choose for a Wild West themed slot machine?

The paytable is arranged slightly differently too, most notably concerning the payouts from the scatter symbols. Dead or Alive 2 awards 2,500x your stake for hitting all five scatters, which is a huge hit and a number that can probably beat the full-on jackpot payout of many other slots. Bandits reduces this to 500x your stake, which is still a nice hit but there is no doubt many players could choose to play DoA2 instead for this reason alone.

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The highest paying regular symbol is a stack of gold bars that returns 150x your bet, which is higher than the top regular symbol payout in NetEnt’s game. The wilds pay more too if you are lucky to line up all five of them – 250x your stake, in fact, a very nice win indeed. Because the wilds pay out more than they do in DoA2, it is slightly easier to finish up with a medium-sized win from the bonus rounds. This seems important to mention because both DoA2 and MT2 are notorious for paying either barely anything or an insane amount. It’s quite nice to see a few more bonus rounds with payouts in the 50x-200x stake kind of region whilst playing this game.

Special Features

All three bonus rounds are lifted directly from the two other games that have been mentioned repeatedly throughout this review. I initially wasn’t sure if this was the right angle to take with this review, but there was no way I could shake off the feeling of deja-vu when I was spinning Bandits.

So with that said, I will keep the descriptions of the bonus games short. Option one, “Wild Wild Wins” awards 12 free spins with sticky wilds, with a 2x multiplier and the chance to earn an additional five spins just for landing a single scatter. Unfortunately, you don’t get any more if a second scatter lands!

The second feature is labelled “Wild Bonanza” and is identical to the previous feature with the exception that wilds become multipliers if more than one sticks to the same reel, just as in DoA2. Finally, the “Hold & Win” feature is lifted straight from Money Train 2 and uses a completely different reel set and several modifier symbols for a very different kind of bonus round.

All three features are capable of returning the maximum win of 50,000x your stake, which is quite refreshing considering you have no choice but to pick the single super high variance feature to have a shot at DoA2’s largest prize.

A bonus buy feature is included and costs 100x your current stake to invoke, however, this option is forbidden in some markets such as the United Kingdom, so there’s no guarantee you will have this option available.

Bandits Thunder Link: The Verdict

There’s no doubt that this game was created to appeal to fans of Dead or Alive 2 and Money Train 2, and I cannot deny that as a fan of both of those games, I had a lot of fun whilst testing Bandits Thunder Link.

There’s little new here, the revised paytable might appeal to some as volatility is slightly lower in Bandits than the other two games, but that is the only notable difference to discuss. The RTP is slightly less generous than the other games too, but the difference is small enough not to bother me very much.

On the whole, I can’t help but recommend this machine. It looks and plays fantastically, the things it borrows were all borrowed from other smash-hit titles, and you can win an enormous 50,000x your stake… and come on, who can resist that?

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