Cops ‘n’ Robbers Safecracker will appeal to lovers of pub-style fruit machines, as it comes with the features that they’re known and loved for – though it also uses some very contemporary visuals just to remind you what century you’re in. There’s a land-based boardgame-style feature which you won’t find among online slots very often, and a generally sharp, Flash-style look and feel that’s unique to Mazooma, the company responsible for devising and bringing the game to life.
Cops 'n' Robbers:
Mazooma are well-known for eschewing flashy graphics and concentrating on gameplay instead, and that approach shines through when you start spinning in this game; they’ve also clearly done their research and picked up that players like the complexity in a slot game to be contained within the features rather than the main game.
There’s an appropriately cartoonish cast of characters inhabiting the Cops ‘n’ Robbers Safecracker reels, including a Keystone-style cop, a suspiciously-attractive WPC, a half-witted courtroom judge and a vicious guard dog all eager to make your acquaintance, though if you spin for long enough you’ll become very friendly with all of them. Although the visuals may initially seem basic, once you start playing you’ll really appreciate the animated symbols, which pop out of the screen when you use them in a winning line.
Stake per line ranges from 1p to £25, and with 20 lines available you can wager from 1p to £500 per spin. Basic matching symbol wins will net you from 5 to 750 times your lines bet – with the wild symbol (appropriately represented by the guard dog) bringing in 10,000 times for a possible maximum swag bag of £250,000, and doubling regular wins.
There’s a scatter feature with a tombola-style slot format, and prizes are related to the size of your bet; there’s also a free spins feature which is nothing short of incredible: Land three or more flashing blue lights and you’ll get up to one hundred free spins.
Best of all, though is the aforementioned boardgame: This is triggered by the game logo symbol and takes you to several boards where you try and escape the long arm of the law with successive rolls of the dice, accumulating wins as you go.
Mazooma’s approach works well here; In the hands of lesser developers the addition of so many features would compromise the essential Friday night, pint-in-hand feel that games like this have to retain if they’re to keep their target audience – yet somehow they’ve made it work and produced something that any hardcore slots player would happily choose over a night down their local with the boys…
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