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The One Armed Bandit Slot Review

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Overall impression

Graphics - 65%
Gameplay - 82%
Bonuses - 64%
Value - 63%
Game Information
Name:The One armed Bandit
Game Type:Video slot
Progressive: No
Whats hot: Whats not so hot:
Free spins and re-spins with big multiplier wildsVolatility might be too steep for some
Visual fidelity is good
Playable on mobile phones
Decent sized jackpot

Where to play?

The One Armed Bandit is a 3D slot game, powered by famed Swedish software house Yggdrasil, features 20 paylines (fixed), 5 reels and 3 rows. Be warned that the volatility is extreme, but so is the winning potential.

Ah, the good old days. Way back, “one-armed bandits” was comparable to only one thing, as that was slot machines. Before the appearance of electronic and online gambling, slot machines were operated in person by pulling down on a metal lever that was fitted next to them (from there the “one-arm.”) And because it was known to steal your money, the word “bandit” was combined with it. Today, it is still damning of the industry, it’s damning of the genre, but it is still damn good and will always remain the beloved father of gambling!

The One Armed Bandit’s top cash prize to be won on a single spin/free spin amounts to a mouthwatering 9,440x your stake! It extends to scatter symbols that offer you re-spins and a Free Spins with big multipliers of up to 20x for some jaw-dropping payouts.

The One Armed Bandit can now be played at all our top Yggdrasil Mobile Casinos from £0.10 to £50 per spin. The question is whether Yggdrasil hits the same high with this release as NetEnt did with Dead or Alive 2?. We certainly think so. The One Arm Bandit is the real deal because so much heart is beating out its chest that’s enough to keep players busy and happy for quite some time.

Against the backdrop of the reel set is a dusty Old-West town while the gallows serve as the reels. The symbols on the reels are cards (low value), spurs, bandit scatter, liquor flasks, six shooters, cowboy hats and metal spurs. The premium symbol is the six-shooter. When you hit 5 of them at any position on the reels, you will pocket a nice win of 80x your stake. There are no standard wilds, and neither do the symbols appear stacked. The average RTP of The One Armed Bandit is 96.3% or a house edge of 3.7%.

Bonus Modes


The re-spins feature is activated when one or more scatters pitch. You will see a Silver Star above the reels. 1x Re-spin is given for every scatter that pops up. The reels that have a Silver Star above them provide multiplier wild wins of up to 5x.

As an illustration of this, should a scatter appear on the first and third reels respectively, you will receive 2x re-spins, with the possibility of hitting 5x multiplier wilds on those reels. If another scatter appears on the second reel within your allotted 2x re-spins, not only will you receive another re-spin, but you’ll get a shot at landing 5x multiplier wilds on reels 1, 2 and 3.

Free Spins

Essentially, the Re-spins feature spills over into the Free Spins. You might be wondering how that happens. Remember the Silver Stars from the Re-spins? When 5 of them pitch on the reels before the re-spins ends, you’ll trigger the free spins that award you with 10x free falls.

The first time we got into the free spins, it took us 140 spins, so it takes a bit of work, but well worth it in the end. Each free spin begins with a 5x multiplier. For every bandit scatter, an extra re-spin is given, and the multiplier meter increases by one. If you are lucky enough to collect 4 scatters, then the multiplier wild can be upgraded anything from 10x to 20x on each free spin. The maximum win can be a neat 8,000x your stake.


There is no in-between with regard to The One Armed Bandit: you’ll either love it, or you’ll hate it. It’s crazy volatile and understandably so because it’s kitted out with multiplier wilds of up to 20x on each Free Spin. Long story short; everything you’ll encounter feels just right: the volatility is crazy and the gameplay phenomenal.


The One Armed Bandit Yggdrasil FAQ’s

How many special features does it have?

It has two; a free spin and a re-spin feature. The re-spins is played by 1 or more scatter and the Free Spins by 5 Silver Star scatters. Each scatters or free spins benefit from multipliers that range from 5x to 20x.

How many spins must I make before I trigger the Free Spins?

This depends mainly on your average stake per spin. The developer says it can take anything from 120 to 250 spins. Obviously, the latter is the worst case scenario, which gives you an idea about the volatility. Before you play, do the math and check your wallet.

Decide on your average bet per spin, and a rough estimate on how many spins it will take you to trigger the free spins. Let’s say your average wager is £0.50 and it requires 140 spins (best case scenario) x £0.50=£70. So, £70 is how much it will cost you to initiate the free spins. Therefore, you’ll need a minimum bankroll of £250 to tame this beast.

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