Slots themed around cops and robbers have been around since the earliest machines in live casinos. Bust the Bank slot from MicroGaming adds all-ways wins, animated symbols and some entertaining bonus games to the mix. This title is light hearted compared to Break the Bank and Break da Bank Again – two other MicroGaming slots with similar themes.
Free spins in this game come with two completely wild reels. There are also instant wins on the reels, which come from a special safe symbol. A piggy bank will give you instant wins too when this appears 3 times on the reels.
All-ways wins are used for this game. With 5 reels and 3 rows, this means that there are 243 possible winning combinations. You do not have to bet 243 coins to spin the reels. This is done in increments of 30 coins (from 1c and up).
Big prizes in this game come from hitting multiple wins on the same spin – made easier with wild symbols. Regular wins are topped by the classic cartoon robbers. The one with a stripy top as mask is worth 50x your bet amount for 5, while the skinny one with a moustache will get you 33x. Next come the cops. The guy is worth 16x for 5, and the lady in the car 8x. All these symbols require a minimum of 3 from the left to trigger a win.
Smaller wins are created with a mix of symbols. There is a bank, cash delivery van, classic clock / bomb combination and a dog wearing a gold chain.
There are two special bonus symbols which award extra cash prizes in Bust the Bank games. The first is a safe symbol. This will only appear on reels 1 and 5. When it appears, you get a small cash prize. If it is on the top of a reel, the two symbols below duplicate that prize. From the middle only the bottom row duplicated. With 2 safe symbols on the top row, you can win 6x the prize shown.
The second instant win comes from a pink piggy bank. This only appears on reel 3. When this hits, you get to smash it – revealing a cash prize.
Round black bombs with a skull and crossbones design are scatter and bonus symbols in the free Bust the Bank slot game. You’ll get 50x your bet amount for 5 in view, and will need a minimum of 3 to trigger the free spins bonus game. This game sees the two robbers appear above the reels. You’ll see animations which result in reels 1 and 5 exploding – getting replaced with wild reels.
You get 8 free spins and with the combination of all-ways wins and 2 wild reels, will have the opportunity to accumulate some wins. Any scatters you hit during this bonus will add one more spin to your total. This potentially extends your bonus several times.
When you first see the reels, the symbols look detailed without being anything exceptional. Once you start to play, you will realize that there are both long and short animations for every win. My favourite is the bulldog – who appears to be taking a rose to a pink poodle. When you hit a bigger win with the dog, he will walk up and lick the reels!
Around the outside of the reels are the metal studs of a bank vault. There are plenty of explosions to be found. These are topped by the one before the free spins game, which sees cartoon robbers come into play. The music is entertaining. This sounds like you might find on an older TV cartoon.
This MicroGaming slot hits a great balance between game-play and production quality. The animations on every symbol make it stand out from most other games. Many of these are entertaining, and the longer they go on – the more you will have won. The on-reel bonuses help to keep you engaged, and seemed to come around fairly frequently. It is the free spins where the potential for big wins comes into play. Having wild reels really can help things when all-ways wins are in play. If you are lucky enough to extend your bonus game, this see you accumulating several five of a kind pay-outs. Check out Bust the Bank for yourself soon!