The Archer online slot from Playtech based on the legends of the glorious robber Robin Hood was released in 2010. Gamblers appreciated the plot and the unique Expand & Split feature, which helps to form winning combinations by replacing elements on the field. But the graphics, according to the players, leaves much to be desired.
About the slot
The Archer slot machine in the casino offers the user 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols. The slot does not provide paylines, the developers preferred to use the All-Ways system, which implies the presence of 243 ways to win. The prize is considered to be a combination of three or more symbols that fell on adjacent reels. A paid sequence must necessarily start on the leftmost reel.
The scheme for collecting combinations, which was not quite familiar for the early 2010s, affected the bet management system. To set the cost of a spin, the gambler changes the coin denomination in the range from 0.01 to 5 credits and selects a multiplier in the range from 1 to 10. The latter characteristic actually indicates the number of coins used. Further, the selected value is multiplied by 25. Thus, the total cost of rotation is formed. It varies from 0.25 to 1250 credits in the currency of the online casino.
There is no jackpot in the gaming machine, but the Expand & Split feature is provided, which allows you to significantly increase the payout. For the function to work in the standard mode, two conditions must match: a scatter must appear on the field, and a symbol in a frame of arrows must become part of a prize combination. In this case, the icon framed by arrows expands to the full height of the reel. At the same time, other icons from the screen do not disappear. In the cells on the reel with an expanding symbol, there are 2 icons at once, each of which is involved in making combinations.
Playing Archer for money in an online casino is based only on the main game and free spins. There is no thematic bonus or level for doubling here. The RTP of the slot is 96.775%.to the table of contents ↑
Creating the slot, the designers were inspired by the story of Robin Hood, a noble robber from the Sherwood forests. The reels are set against the backdrop of a forest thicket, low-paying symbols are stylized as inscriptions printed on burlap, and interface elements have a texture of treated wood.
High-paying pictograms are pictures with characters from the English epic. In the images of the main characters, one can recognize the noble robber with a bow, his faithful comrade brother Took, the beloved maiden Marian and the eternal enemy of Sir Guy of Gisborne. The same heroes can be found in the slotRobin Hood from NetEnt.
In addition to the standard elements, several special ones appear on the reels . One of them is the golden wild, which only appears on the second, third and fourth reels. It can replace any symbol in combination except for the scatter and expands if the conditions of the Expand & Split bonus mode are met.to index ↑
|Sir Guy of Gisborne||15||100||500|
|Virgin Marian||50||500||1 000|
|Robin Hood||50||750||1 500|
The scatter looks like two flaming arrows in a circle of fire labeled Scatter. The main task of this symbol is to launch free spins, but it also serves as an activator of the Expand & Split feature. Another secret of the scatter is that it pays, and the amount of the cash prize in this case is calculated based on the total cost of the spin. For 3 scatters anywhere on the field, the gambler receives 2 total bets, for 4 - 10, for 5 - 50.back to index ↑
Free spins feature is triggered by three or more scatters. Free spins are played at the same rate that was set at the time of their activation. The streak can be extended by collecting 3 to 5 arrow icons on the reels again.
The player gets only 7 free spins, but they turn out to be profitable due to the Expand & Split feature. During free spins, the presence of a scatter is not required to trigger it, so any symbol with a frame of arrows that falls into the prize combination expands. This allows you to create even more paid sequences.to contents ↑
Slot machine interface
The slot machine has a simple and understandable interface that does not require special study. The slot is adapted for tablets and smartphones. To play on mobile devices, just download a modern browser.
Most of the controls are located on the panel below the reels. There you can set the cost of the coin (Coin Value) and their number (Multiplier), start the autoplay mode (Auto Play) and speed up the animation of rotations (Turbo Mode).
By clicking on the Info button opens brief rules of the slot machine. Detailed explanations can be opened by clicking on the gear in the upper right corner. The sound volume control icon is also located there.to the table of contents ↑
Pros and cons
Every gambler can play the Archer slot machine for free and without registration: demo version is available in open access and has exactly the same functionality as the game for money. However, the main claim of gamblers to the machine is outdated graphics and a small number of free spins.
- original random symbol expansion function
- free spins with the possibility of extending the series of free spins
- payable scatter with multipliers up to x50 of the total bet
- only 7 free spins in free spins mode
- obsolete graphics
- no thematic bonus level and risk game
Although haters and govo They say that there are outdated graphics and crooked design, but I personally don't care. I don't play for love. Much more important is the ability to often win - and I succeed. Wild on the three central reels and a paid scatter with multipliers up to 50 to the total bet is definitely a big plus.
Well, let's be honest: it could have been better. Poor design is, of course, a minus, but that's not the point. 7 free spins, what is it? Even if they gave ten, it would not be so embarrassing. And that's all bonuses? Not enough, gentlemen, not enough in 2020, only free spins and a bonus function, although the function is good, I do not argue. About the function: I expected it to be worse. I expected it to drop once a year, because you need both a scatter, a prize combo, and a special ornament on the sign. But nines and tens are expanding quite actively, bringing in good money. A good rating can be given only for this function alone.