He robs from the rich to give to the poor: everyone knows the famous tale of Robin Hood and his merry men. The English folk hero has been the subject of numerous movies, books, and songs, and has been a part of popular culture since medieval times.
Given his reputation for giving away money, it’s fair to say that Robin Hood is a good choice for a slot machine theme, which is probably why NetEnt created Robin Hood: Shifting Riches.
This online slot not only features Robin Hood giving away plenty of money to lucky players, but also has a unique special feature that emulates the “shifty” nature of Robin Hood and he men.
How to Play Robin Hood: Shifting Riches
Robin Hood: Shifting Riches is a five-reel, 20-line slot machine that’s available at most casinos offering games by Net Entertainment. In this game, you have a choice of several different coin values, and can bet up to ten coins on each line.
As usual, the object of this game is to match symbols from left to right on your active paylines. In most cases, you’ll need to match three or more of the same symbol in order to win a prize. The symbols that will win you prizes range from the standard card rank symbols through Robin Hood and some of his cohorts, like Little John and Friar Tuck. Robin Hood himself will win you the largest prizes, with a five-of-a-kind match earning 1,000 credits for every coin you wagered on that line.
There’s also a wild symbol on the reels: the Robin Hood logo. This symbol will substitute for any of the symbols listed above, though it won’t help you get into any of the bonus games we’ll talk about next.
Bonus Games in Robin Hood: Shifting Riches
There are two major bonus features in the Robin Hood: Shifting Riches slot machine, each of which is rather unique and requires some explanation.
MONEY BAGS FREE SPINS GAME
One of the most common types of bonus game in online slots is, of course, the free spins game. However, Robin Hood: Shifting Riches makes its free spins game stand out from the crowd a bit by allowing you to activate it over the course of several sessions, rather than forcing you to get lucky on a single spin.
On occasion, you’ll see a money bag symbol appear on the reels. When it does, the money bag will drop into one of the treasure chests below the reels. If you go into the Shifting Reels feature (more on that in a moment), the money bag will then turn into a wild symbol.
Over time, the game will keep track of the number of money bags you’ve collected, even if you step away from the machine for days, weeks, or even months at a time. In fact, your money bags will be saved for up to a year.
This is important, as collecting four money bags will allow you to activate the free spins game. The amount of money you play for on those four spins will essentially be averaged to determine how much your free spins will be valued at.
Once you’re in the free spins game, you’ll be treated to a number of special features that increase the value of the bonus round. First, one of the five higher value symbols (Robin Hood, one of his men, or the villainous guards) will be turned into an extra wild symbol, providing you with better chances to win on each spin. There are also free spins symbols that will appear on the final three reels; hit two of these, and you’ll earn five extra free spins, while hitting three will add ten more free spins.
You’re probably familiar with the “falling reels” type of feature, in which every winning combination of symbols is removed from the reels, and new symbols are allowed to fall into place. The Shifting Reels feature is another variation on this theme. After you make a winning combination, all of your reels will shift to the right, meaning the fifth reel will actually leave play while the rest move one slot over. A new reel will move into the first reel slot, and will be spun to see if you can make any new wins. If you do, the reels will shift yet again, and will continue doing so until you go a spin without scoring a win.
The Shifting Reels feature also includes a multiplier. On the first shift, all of your winnings will be doubled; a second shift will increase this to 3x. Finally, if you make three or more shifts on the same spin, you’ll enjoy the benefits of a 5x multiplier.
Other Notes on Robin Hood: Shifting Riches
Robin Hood: Shifting Riches features some of the best graphics and animations I’ve seen on any of the NetEnt machines, making it a very attractive slot machine as well as one that’s a lot of fun to play. There’s also a rousing theme that definitely seems to fit in with the Robin Hood theme.
The Shifting Reels theme is very cool. You won’t score as many consecutive wins with this one as you will with a version where symbols fall into place or where winning symbols stay locked, but when you do, you’ll often score bigger and bigger wins as new symbols connect with combinations you just won with.
Whether you love Robin Hood or just like looking for slots with interesting new features, chances are that you’ll enjoy Robin Hood: Shifting Riches!