Action Bank

Action Bank Slot Review

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What is this mobile slot about?

A simple noughts and crosses game, the Action Bank mobile slot doesn’t have as much action as the title suggests.

If you were told to sit down and think of a game theme, what comes to mind? The jungles of South America? Golden desserts? An alien world perhaps?

We suspect that none of you suddenly thought about the old noughts and crosses game you use to play as a kid, in desperation, when you had absolutely nothing else to entertain you with but a pen and paper.

We also suspect none of you would add an old man creepy joker wild, and bank vaults to the mix, because at this point we can only assume that the developers stopped caring what went into this theme.

Apparently Barcrest have run out of good ideas when they released their Monopoly Once Around Deluxe slot, and have dredged the bottom of the games barrel for a good theme.

Noughts that turn into bank vaults

The noughts (or ‘O’) are totally worthless symbols. They pay out absolutely nothing over these 20 paylines and 5 reels.

Only 3 symbols pay, and that’s the 7, bar and X. The wilds don’t even have a value, but they do have the decency to come often, and stacked, for the occasional surprising win in this Action Bank slot game.

The reason it’s annoying that the noughts have no value is because they are by far one of the most common symbols on the board – and you’ll need them over 5 reels to have a chance at the free spins.

That’s because at any point any of them can turn into golden bank vaults, and if you find five, you trigger the bonus features.

So on one hand, you’re looking out for a worthless symbol to catch the bonuses, but sacrificing any chances of a win. It’s ridiculously frustrating.

2 bonus features that makes Action Bank slot playable

If you manage to get those 5 vault symbols, things get a little more interesting.

The click me bank vault is probably the most high thrill of the two, as you have a chance of winning up to 500x your bet.

But the free spins are more reliable at getting you decent wins, as they come with doubling symbols on reel 1, giving you a 2x multiplier… on occasion.

Not throughout the free spins, or even on the wilds, like you would in the Raging Rhino slot, but on specific X, Bar and 7s, which need to match the other symbols.

Honestly, this Action Bank slot machine is harder to crack than an actual bank vault, and probably as pretty. You are better off heading to the Super Monopoly Money slot for some real board game action.

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Mobile slot overview

Mobile Slot releasedDecember 2015
Slot typeVideo Slot
Slot reels / paylines5 Reels / 20 Paylines
House edge4.86%
Slot volatilityMedium
Coins range0.01 - 20
Min/Max bet0.20 / 200
Max win250,000
Free spinsUp to 30 free spins / Double symbols
Bonus roundsWilds, free spins, click me bonus, multipliers
Exclusive: 10 Free Spins + 100% up to £200 Bonus
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In-game bonus features

Wilds: The creepy old joker man is wild and can come 2 to 3 high stacked across the reels. It substitutes for all symbols except the bank vault.

Free Spins or Big Bank Bonus: Every reel that contains a losing noughts 'o' could turn into a golden vault symbol. Turn five anywhere and you'll trigger one of two bonuses:

  1. Big Bank Bonus: You pick from the vault bank and open to see whats inside, either sapphires, diamonds or rubies. Each has a multiplier, with diamond hosting the largest multiplier, followed by rubies and then sapphires. Find three of the same behind the vault doors and you win the multiplier and end the bonus.
  2. Free Spins Bonus: You start your bonus with anything from 5 to 30 free spins. Other than if you get 30, you can gamble to get more free spins - but the gamble is that you might have less. So for example, if you triggered 20 free spins, you'd either take the 20, or gamble 50/50 to either get 25 or 15 free spins. We quite like the feature to be honest, and like the occasional gamble. During the free spins reel 1 also has the 3 paying symbols come with a 2x multiplier.

Closing thoughts

The Action Bank mobile slot was pretty disappointing, consider who is behind the mechanics and theme.

Barcrest have lots of variety in terms of games and mechanics and game play. Action Bank lacks all of that.

Personally, if we wanted to go retro, we'd rather play on Rocket Returns than this noughts and crosses weirdness.

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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: July 8, 2016 - Rating 1

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