Robin Hood was an outlaw in English folkore. Thanks to the help of a group of outlaws called the Merry Men, he stole from the rich and gave to the poor. As such, he is one of the most famous heroes that has lasted throughout the years. In fact the first reference of Robin Hood dates back to the fourteenth century, and now in 2011 we are still talking about him. Net Entertainment decided to pay a special tribute to this hero by means of the pokie Robin Hood – Shifting Riches.
As soon as the pokie starts a short animation loads on your monitors. Here you will see the skilled archer that was Robin Hood stealing chests of money from a group of rich people. He then goes to his beloved forest and starts throwing the money towards the poor people. Keep your fingers crossed and Robin Hood will also throw money your way. Keep on reading this brief review as we shall go through all the features found in this pokie that will help you increase the profit possibilities.
A first look at the pokie does not make you think that Robin Hood is anything out of the ordinary. However, all those of you that have experienced NetEnt pokies surely know better than to be fooled by first impressions. In general Net Entertainment pokies provide us with pleasant surprises, and Robin Hood is not an exception. In this pokie you will find a very cool feature that we haven’t seen in any other pokie so far. After we’ll go into more detail about this function, you’ll realise that the name Shifting Riches really has a significant meaning.
Before we start describing these features, let us give you some information about the technical aspect of the pokie. In this respect, we can say the Robin Hood – Shifting Riches is a rather standard NetEnt pokie in that it consists if five reels and three rows. There are twenty paylines that are always activated, that is you do not get to choose how many paylines to activate. This, in our opinion, is certainly not a deficiency because, as we always say, it’s better to activate the maximum possible paylines to increase the chances of winning.
Now if you are worrying about the cost of the pokie, let us put your mind at rest because here you still have the possibility of adjusting some settings to make it suitable for your wallet size. You will do so by changing the bet level and the coin value. There’s a maximum of ten bet levels, and a the coin value ranges between €0. 01 and €0. 50. So if you do the math, you’ll realise that each spin can cost as little as €0. 20 and as much as €100. We’re sure you’ll manage to find a level that fits you best.
So, now you must be asking, what is it that makes Robin Hood so special?
Well, Shifting Riches, as we said earlier, has a meaning here. Whenever you get a winning combination, the wheels will shift one step to the right, and make space for new symbols to show up. Therefore if you have a winning combo on reels one, two and three, these will move to reels two, three and four. Then new symbols will show up on reel one, giving you the opportunity for a second win without having to spin again. Moreover, each time this happens the multiplier value increases up to a maximum of x5!
So, as the reels shift, the multiplier value that is displayed on the upper left corner will increase. The best part of it all is that it is for free, and thus a single spin could turn out to be very profitable. There isn’t a maximum number of times that this can happen, and trust us, it can keep on going for quite a while, especially if wild symbols are involved in the combos.
Speaking of wild symbols, probably you should also know that the wild symbol here is represented by the Robin Hood logo. This will substitute most other symbol to produce winning solutions. Other symbols used include Robin Hood himself, some of the Merry Men, knights, as well as the cards symbols 10, J, Q, K and A. If you take a look at the paytable you can see what each of these symbols is worth. However, besides these, there is another symbol which you should be on the lookout for. This is the sac full of money.
Whenever a money sac appears anywhere on the reels, an animation starts where you’ll see Robin Hood pick up the sac and put in one of the treasure caskets situated at the bottom of the pokie. When the chest is filled with four money sacs you will be awarded with free spins. What is good about this feature is that when you play for real money, the sacs will stay in the caskets for a year. So if you play today but only get two sacs, you can get back to it in a couple of months time and the sacs will still be there.
There are two very advantageous facts when it comes to these free spins, apart that they are spins played at the casino’s expense. First of all, you get to choose a wild symbol from all the normal symbols. Moreover, if you get two symbols showing the words Free Spins you will get an additional five spins at no cost. Three such symbols lead to ten more free spins!
Apart from all these features, Robin Hood also has some settings which will enable you to make the pokie as comfortable as possible. You can change settings to make it go faster, adjust the sounds and graphics, as well as make the wheels spin automatically. All these settings can be changed by clicking on the small buttons shown on the lower left hand corner. As a result, we can sum up this review by stating that Robin Hood – Shifting Riches is a brilliant addition to the Net Entertainment list of pokies. Personally speaking, our favourite feature here is the Shifting Reels. Something similar was seen in Gonzo’s Quest, although in that case symbols shifted downwards and not sideways. These are both very good pokies, and we suggest you try them both for free over here.