The Wild West. A theme so popular in the world of online slots that it’s hard to fathom.
What is it about the lawlessness of the Wild West that continues to captivate gamblers around the globe? Is it the theme itself? or is it some of the world class games within the genre that popularised it, bringing with them a plethora of games hoping to attain the same level of ascendance into the hall of fame? Games like Dead or Alive II perhaps, with fiercely volatile Wild West action, or maybe Money train 2, which is capable of reaching unfathomable wins, with features like necromancers, payers and collectors to blow your mind.
Games and providers have tried and failed to dream up cowboys and cowgirls as handy on the six-shooter as the bandits in these two titans, but what if there was a third option? Stakelogic might have the answer.
Stakelogic bring with them something daring, something wild, and something more exciting than any Wild West themed game since the greats hit the scene. Introducing Bandits Thunder Link by Stakelogic, a game capable of wins of up to 50,000x, something that can’t be said about a lot of other games that have thrown their cowboy hat into the ring.
After all, how do you choose between games like Dead or Alive and Money Train? What if you could have a bit of both in a single game? Bandits Thunder Link invites you to join on on the heist, with compelling potential rich features on offer, it’s hard not to ditch the 9-5 grind in favour of a life of lawlessness and crime.
Established in 2014, Stakelogic have brought out over 100+ games, with 4 different locations, 500+ clients and over 85 staff that they call heroes. Under their superhero belt comes innovation in the form of their Super Stake and Mega Super Stake features, which does things like trigger the games in game bonus features and Free Spins.
Can their innovative mindset shine through and project onto their newest game, Bandits Thunder Link? Let’s get the Cowboy hats, lassos, revolvers and the all important spurs ready and delve into the game.
In this Bandits Thunder link Review, we’ll be be looking at all of the game statistics, as well as features, to see if Bandits Thunder Link turns out to be a lucrative heist after all.
Bandits Thunder Link does a pretty superb job of depicting the Wild Western town.
To the left, you’ll see the Bank (hint: you’ll be robbing it later), and a Saloon right next to it which would have been a perfect place for celebratory drinks if you hadn’t robbed next door. If Bank Heists aren’t your thing, then perhaps a train heist?
Thankfully there’s a railroad right next to the town, and the train is just pulling up.
All together the theme is pretty impressive. Behind the town and the train you’ll see the canyons of a wild west and the sunset that you’ll ride off into with your newly acquired riches.
No Wild West themed game would be quite complete without the classic Wild West theme to go along with it. Thankfully Stakelogic and Bandits Thunder Spin has you covered on that front, with a soundtrack that will immerse you in the era perfectly.
Theme aside, what about the betting options and symbols in Bandits Thunder Link?
The betting options in Bandits Thunder Link will more than cover the needs for low stake players, which generally makes up and overwhelming majority of players anyway. The lowest option in the game is £/€0.10 per spin.
For high stake players, you might be a little disappointed to learn that the maximum bet here is £/€10 per spin, or maybe not? £/€10 is a pretty high stake in itself, we can’t imagine that many go much higher than this anyway. Regardless, if above this margin is your usual zone, then you’re out of luck in Bandits Thunder Link.
Everyone else can rest easy knowing that there are options to suit most budgets, with plenty of options in between the lowest and highest stake for those who like something in the middle.
As for the symbols, The highest paying symbol in the game is the very desirable gold bars, followed by the Sheriff Badge, and the Revolver. Medium paying symbols are the Cowboy Hat and the Horseshoe, and low paying symbols are A, K, Q, J & 10.
There are also Wild symbols, which are represented by a group of 5 tenacious cowboys and cowgirls. These will substitute for any symbol except for the Scatter.
Bandits Thunder Link is a slot played across 10 set pay lines.
To form a win, you’ll need at least 3 matching symbols to connect from left to right along any of these pay lines, with the exception of the highest paying symbol, where you need only 2.
The Base game is a little bit devoid of features unfortunately. There’s no Base Game features that will randomly pop up to add something to the game while you’re awaiting a bonus.
There are however potential for some decent wins within the Base Game through a full line of high paying symbols.
By now, we’re all used to Megaways and other games that utilise ways to win, and the massive wins capable within the Base game through sheer concentration of symbols.
Pay line games don’t quite have that luxury, when you’re looking at 117,649 ways to win vs 10 pay lines, a game with 10 pay lines has to make up for it by paying out higher wins for a line. Some games don’t quite do it well enough, with meagre wins for a line of symbols, but Bandits Thunder Link isn’t one of them, with attractive pay outs available for full line connections.
The Wild symbol also pays, and a line of these would be very lucrative for your balance
Bandits Thunder Link is host to a Gamble feature, where you can gamble your winnings to double them by choosing red or black, or quadruple them by choosing a card suit.
Free Spins are on offer for landing at least 3 Scatter symbols in the Base game. Scatter symbols will also pay.
Bandit Thunder Links makes up for lack of diversity through features in the Base Game with a lot of diversity of choice when it comes to the Free Spins.
Here, you can pick between Wild Wild Wins, Wild Bonanza, and Thunder Link.
Wild Wild Wins is presumably the lower volatility of the trio.
In this bonus, you’ll be awarded 12 Free Spins. All wins in this feature carry a x2 multiplier, and the game can be re-triggered by landing a Wild symbol on every reel, at which point +5 Spins are awarded
Wild Bonanza is comparable to the High Noon Saloon Bonus feature in DOA II.
You’ll get 12 Free Spins for this bonus, with Sticky Wild Symbols, Sticky Wild symbols landing on the same reel will get a multiplier.
To re-trigger this, you’ll need a Wild on each reel, at which point you’ll get +5 Spins.
Thunder Link is where you’ll see aspects of Money Train. This bonus does not award Free Spins, but 3 Respins.
Every time a symbol lands on the grid, the Spins will reset to 3.
The symbols that land will be a multiplier of your current bet, but you can also land extra symbols that shake up the gameplay
Bandits Thunder Link is a Bonus Buy Slot too! Players who live within jurisdictions that allow it will be able to Buy the Bonus for 100x your stake. This will grant you entry to choose out of one of the 3 bonuses on offer, skipping all of the Base Game in the process!
Bandits Thunder Link is yet to be released, but it will be available to play at most new casinos when it releases on 25/03/2021.
Bandits Thunder Link is both a bold move and a pleasant surprise from Stakelogic.
Those who have played and hold dear the titan games that are Dead or Alive and Money Train will find Bandits Thunder a breath of fresh air as a game that offers gameplay aspects similar to both of these brilliant games.
If Dead or Alive was more your forté, then Wild Wild Wins and Wild Bonanza has you covered, with exciting gameplay that is capable of some monstrous wins. Wild Wild Wins is the one with lesser volatility, so people who prefer to play it a bit safer have an ideal option here as well.
If you’re team Money Train, then Thunder Link is your bonus feature with modifiers that make the game stupendously exciting, like payers, collectors and persistent symbols – You can’t go wrong.
Bandits Thunder Link is capable of reaching wins of up to 50,000x, which is the same as what Money Train 2 can hit. Proceed with caution though, because a maximum win potential like this inevitably means that the game is high volatility, so dreams of riding off into the sunset may well be dashed with a meagre win and a night in the jailhouse instead.
It’s hard to put nostalgia aside and open your heart and mind to another game that isn’t Dead or Alive or Money Train. For this reason players may stick true to the first true love, disregarding Bandits Thunder Link in the process. This is understandable, even now as we’re writing this it’s difficult not to say that Money Train 2 and Dead or Alive is better, despite having no real reason to say it apart from the fond memories that both of these games induce.
Whichever your preferred game, know that Bandits Thunder Link is a formidable game, with immense replay value and great potential, a few tries on this game and you may even find that it overtakes your fondness for other games.
Looking towards other statistics like RTP, Bandits Thunder Link doesn’t quite look as good with a 95.60% RTP. It’s widely considered that 96% is the tipping point between an average/good RTP, and one that is a little poor. Unfortunately Bandits Thunder Link is the latter, but remember that these statistics are generated over billions of spins, which brings us to an age old discussion on whether this statistic actually matters in the real world where billions of spins won’t be played.
Overall, you’ve really got to commend the coybows and coygirls, or heroes as Stakelogic call them, for daring to create a game that is a one stop shop for all your favourite Wild West features.
Written by Mark Bowley
Casino and Slots enthusiast. Keeping everyone up to date with all the latest slot releases and casino news.
Last modified: March 16, 2021