You know, there’s something refreshing about seeing a futuristic, robot game which is just about the quiet suburbia. Where a bunch of teenagers can get together, geek out and assemble a giant robot and nobody really seems to bat an eye at the process. Big Bot Crew won us over the moment we saw the big robot wasn’t about to blow anything up.
This is Quickspin’s latest release, and it’s all about the Big Bot, a 4×1 symbol that’s designed to ensure you get the most wins possible. It achieves this by moving, nudging into place, and providing re-spins and awesome wins – and on top of all that, it’s also a Wild. Other symbols also include different coloured cogs, two less advanced robots the three teens built previously, and the three teenagers themselves – Matsuo, Danielle and Joaquin.
While Quickspin doesn’t have the age of its competitors, when we heard who was heading the studio, we had no doubts it would become a successful venture. This Swedish slot-maker was established by Daniel Lindberg, who served as Director of Sales and Head of Product Management at NetEnt for five years, Joachim Timmermans who worked extensively with the Unibet casino group, and Mats Westerlund, another NetEnt veteran, this time, their former design head.
With that sort of talent, it was no surprise that from 2012 to today, Quickspin’s titles exploded in popularity, and we can only hope they continue down this path of success, profit, and many, many fun slots for us to play.
How to Play it
The game may sound complicated in the review, but it’s remarkably simple to play once you sit down and try it out for yourself. You have a 5×4 playing field with 40 fixed paylines, meaning you can only adjust your wager up and down.
As with most Quickspin titles, you can wager between $0.20 up to $100 per spin, and given that you have 40 paylines up at all times, $0.20 is actually a pretty awesome minimal bet, sitting at half of what you’d expect. The developers also made a good autoplay feature for players who don’t feel like pressing the spin button over and over. The basic one that first opens up only lets you set how many spins you’ll go for, while the advanced one allows you to set your loss limit, as well as a single win limit.
Players are treated to what looks like a downtown area of some medium sized city. Blocky, tall buildings are on both sides of the garage, roads pass it on both sides, and yet, you’ll find the reels snugly housed within the garage itself, where the three teens were working hard on their robot. The user interface is also rather easy to navigate, with everything being clearly labelled and visible.
T&C Apply 18+
As we already mentioned, Big Bot is a Wild, and is a massive 4×1 symbol. It can only appear on the second, third and fourth reel, and has the possibility of nudging up or down if it is only partially displayed on the reels, to display itself fully. The nudge becomes guaranteed during free spins.
Collecting two fully expanded Big Bots will reward two re-spins, with additional re-spins available if more fully expanded Wilds appear on the playing field. The robot will also slowly begin to move away, making room for new arrivals, and changing the reel composition. During free spins, beyond the nudge becoming guaranteed, full reel Big Bot Wilds move around the reels and reward an additional free spin each time a new one lands. The free spins themselves are activated by collecting three Scatters, and you receive 8 extra turns for your troubles.
If you like chasing a big jackpot, Big Bot Crew will probably be the dream title for you, because of its juicy 5203.2x jackpot. Of course, your odds of getting there aren’t that great, thanks to the high variance of this Quickspin release. On the upside, you have a 96.51% RTP, which is above average for video slots.
We loved the theme, we liked the gameplay, and we fell in love with the features. None of them are particularly new, but all of them together just meshed really well, and created something we would love to come back to. The only thing we have to warn you about is the high volatility – because your pockets will hurt before any jackpots come your way.