Yggdrasil Gaming had a lot to prove taking on the tried and tested “Wild West” theme, and in our book, they didn’t disappoint. One Arm Bandit is set against a typical Old West town, the 3D visuals are outstanding with gallows providing the framework for the reels. The main features offer 20 fixed paylines with 5 reels and 3 rows. This is where the high volatility comes in, but the winnings are well worth it where the top cash payout for a single spin or free spin could amount to a staggering 9,440x your bet. The highlight of this game is definitely the multiplier wilds that range from 5x to 20x triggered by the re-spin and free spin features. Symbols do not appear to be stacked and there are no regular wilds available. More about these symbols and bonus features below:
The six-shooter pistols offer the highest reward, with a staggering 80x your stake for 5 on an active payline.
Watch out for the Silver Star Sheriffs badge which functions as a wild symbol and when activated replaces all normal symbols (except for the scatter) to help you form wins.
The scatter is represented by outlaws or bandits and is instrumental in the bonus game.
The Re-spin feature is activated whenever one or more bandit scatter appears anywhere in sight. You will see the Silver Sheriff’s Star appearing above any of the reels where the scatter lands. For each scatter that appears, multiplier wild wins of up to 5x are rewarded. For example – if a scatter symbol lands on reels 1 and 3, you will be rewarded with 2 respins and a chance to land 5x multiplier wilds on those two reels. Should another scatter hit on reel 2 during the respin, you’ll be rewarded with another 1 respin as well as a shot at landing 5x multiplier wilds on reels 1, 2, and 3.
If you manage to collect all 5 Silver Sheriff Stars, before you run out of respins, the Free Spin feature is triggered. This will start out with 10x free spins with any respins left over from the respins feature being added as additional free spins (up to a maximum of 14).
Basically, the Re-spins feature converts and overflows into Free Spins. This is how it happens. Remember the Silver Sheriffs Stars from the Re-spins above? If you manage to land a scatter on all 5 reels, you will trigger the Free Spins feature and begin the ultimate showdown where the Sheriff goes head-to-head with each bandit. With 10 free spins and a 5x multiplier awarded. When 5 of them appear on the reels before the re-spin ends, you’ll trigger a free spin that awards you with 10x free falls.
Every second scatter landing during the free spins feature will increase the multiplier by 1 – it can reach as high as 20x! Be on the lookout for the bonus symbols mentioned above as these will give you 1 extra free spin each time they appear – if you land 2 bonus symbols, the multiplier is increased by 5x – get 2 more – and an extra 10x multiplier is added.
Triggering the free spins can take quite a bit of work - anything between 120 to 250 spins. The latter number of spins would represent the worst-case scenario, but it should give you an idea about the overall volatility of the game.
You will either fall in love with this version of the Wild West, or you will hate it, there’s simply no middle road to be had. It’s highly volatile, which is understandable due to the multiplier wilds of up to 20x per Free Spin. We believe that it has what it takes to become another trending slot. It is visually appealing; the gameplay keeps you engaged from the moment you set foot on the dusty streets. A word of caution, the stakes are high, but so are the potential winnings with projections of a whopping 9,440 your total gamble with the maximum multipliers because of the Free Spin feature.