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Beat the Bandits

Aristocrat Technologies

Beat the Bandits

Manufacturer: Aristocrat Technologies
Platform: Gen7
Format: Five-reel, 25-line video slot
Denomination: .01
Max Bet: 150, 300
Top Award: Progressive; $1,000-$1,199 range
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Theoretical Hold: 6.19%-12%

This is one of Aristocrat’s most feature-rich themes to date, with an extensive lineup of interactive animated bonus games putting the players in Old West scenes.

This is a revival of the slot-maker’s “Bonus Bank” series, which means the player is required to cover the paylines plus a five-credit ante to activate a series of bonus events.

With the ante bet made, the “Beat the Bandits” feature can occur at random during any spin. “Madame Red” appears on the screen and rolls dice. The player is prompted to touch the screen to roll his own pair of dice. If the player’s dice total is greater than the Madame’s, a bonus is awarded. If either the player or the Madame rolls a double, it unlocks the three-level progressive jackpot feature, and the player enters one of three interactive bonuses-“Granny,” “Bandito” or “Gambler,” each with an associated progressive jackpot.

The “Granny Jackpot” feature is a shooting contest between “Granny” and the  player. The scene on the screen is a fencepost with cans and bottles at various points. The player touches a can or bottle, and his gun shoots at it. Each hit unlocks a bonus amount. If the player’s score is higher than Granny’s, the corresponding jackpot is won. If Granny wins, the player gets bonuses for his hits and the jackpot amount increments significantly for the next contest.

The “Bandito Jackpot” feature gives the player four chances to find the Bandito in a jewelry store. You touch windows on the building to win bonuses or to find the Bandito to win the jackpot. The “Gambler Jackpot” is a game of stud poker. The player touches five of seven cards to reveal the hand. The jackpot is won by beating the Gambler with a pair of Aces or better.

Progressives start at $14.70 for the Granny; $32.60 for the Bandito; and $100 for the Gambler.

A mystery progressive that can be hit at any time. It resets at $1,000, and always hits before the prize reaches $1,199.

Frank Legato is editor of Global Gaming Business magazine. He has been writing on gaming topics since 1984, when he launched and served as editor of Casino Gaming magazine. Legato, a nationally recognized expert on slot machines, has served as editor and reporter for a variety of gaming publications, including Public Gaming, IGWB, Casino Journal, Casino Player, Strictly Slots and Atlantic City Insider. He has an B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the author of the books, How To Win Millions Playing Slot Machines... Or Lose Trying, and Atlantic City: In Living Color.  

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