Have you ever found yourself coming to the end of a movie about a bank robbery and thinking, wouldn’t it be something, to rob a bank, and to walk away with all that money? Well, Empty the Bank gives you a little taste of that feeling without putting yourself in harms way. This latest release from Pragmatic Play lets you venture into the vault of a bank in the dead of night to spin the reels and see what sorts of treasures await.
Pragmatic Play is a well established games developer and is known for combining excellent graphics (and accompanying soundtracks) with some creative bonus features, and, whilst we’ll talk about the latter later in this review, in terms of the former, they’ve certainly not disappointed. With the night sky of the city in the background, in the foreground the reels spin inside the vault, accompanied by a cartoonish soundtrack that turns into something more jazz funk when you activate the main bonus feature.
In terms of the game’s set up, you will find yourself playing on 5 reels, across 4 rows, with 20 fixed paylines available. In that regard, matching 3, 4 or 5 of the same symbol from left to right across a payline will result in a winning combination.
And as for the betting range, Empty the Bank offers a good range to meet most players needs, with a minimum bet of just £0.20 and a maximum bet of up to £100 per spin. It’s not the highest maximum bet we’ve seen (nor the lowest minimum bet), but it’s a range that will suit the vast majority.
As to the RTP of Emtpy the Bank, Pragmatic Play have set this nicely above the industry average at 96.48%. However, it’s worth noting that this game is a high volatility game, which means that you might be waiting longer than usual for those wins to arrive, but when they do, expect them to be worth the wait, with a maximum payout of 10,000x your stake on offer.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that you can play Empty the Bank on all sorts of devices, from desktop to tablet to mobile. Although, if you’re the sort of player that gets quite into their gaming sessions, we might recommend you avoid playing this in actual banks, just in case you win that maximum payout payout and find yourself celebrating a successful bank robbery, we can’t make any promises that the bank security will join in the celebrations.
When it comes to the symbols that you can expect to see on the reels in Empty the Bank, these are split into higher value symbols and lower value symbols.
As is fairly typical of a Pragmatic Play online slots game, the lower value symbols comprise playing cards, from J to A, albeit they’ve been given a little touch of detail to make them all the more appealing to take from the vault.
And in terms of the higher value symbols, these are more in line with the theme of the game, and include gold coins, bank notes, gold bars, a bag of gems and a gold crown encrusted with jewels, the last of these being the most valuable symbol, worth 20x your total stake for a winning combination of five of these across a payline.
But the symbols you will be really interested in finding are the burglar symbol and the safe symbol. The burglar symbol is this game’s wild symbol and replaces all other symbols (except the scatter symbol) to form winning combinations. The safe symbol is this game’s scatter symbol and this is the symbol which you will need to find to activate the bonus functions.
So, here we are, and as would be expected of a slots game that is based around a bank robbery, the bonus function of Empty the Bank offers some fairly lucrative prizes.
This main bonus function in Empty the Bank is the respin function, and is activated by obtaining the bonus symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 on the same spin.
Upon obtaining that winning combination, you’ll be taken into a bank vault where you’ll find a grid of 7x7, although to start you will only be able to access the middle 5x4 positions.
Depending on the set up of the winning combination you obtained to gain access to the bonus function, these positions on the reels will be filled with money symbols. You will then have 3 respins and, if one of the special symbols of this bonus function appears, you will be awarded a cash prize or a modifier, which will remain in place for the rest of the bonus function. What’s more, the number of respins will also reset to 3. So, in terms of those all important special symbols:
- The money symbol: A cash value of between 1x and 10x your stake;
- The walkie talkie: Adds a 1x or 2x your stake to the value of all Money Symbols;
- The computer: Adds a 1x your stake and multiplies the value of the Money Symbols on display by 2;
- The burglar: Collects the value of the cash amounts attached to the Money Symbols on display, and opens up new positions on the grid;
- The alarm: Adds a 1x your stake but also increases the number of respins from 3 to 4 for the remainder of the bonus function;
- The drill: Adds a 1x your stake but also unlocks a position on the first reel;
- The hammer: Adds a 1x your stake and unlocks a position on the seventh reel;
- The ladder: Adds a 1x your stake and unlocks a position on the sixth reel on its first appearance, and unlocks a position on the seventh reel on its second appearance; and
- The safe door: Adds a 1x your stake and, upon obtaining three of these symbols during the respins bonus function, you will be awarded the jackpot prize of 10,000x your stake.
When you have used all your respins, the cash values on display are added to determine your final payout. Lastly, depending on what territory you’re playing in, you may have the chance to buy access to this bonus function for 80x your stake, which is known as the “buy feature”.
It’s not every day that you get to take part in a bank robbery which is almost guaranteed to see you escaping from the bank vault with your hands full. Empty the Vault combines some excellent cartoonish graphics, as part of an entertaining theme, with a very lucrative bonus function.
So, if you’re feeling the urge to experience the rush of a bank robbery, and possibly find yourself walking away with the jackpot of 10,000x, then get yourself over to PartyCasino to give the reels of Empty the Bank a spin, as well as many other online slots games with all sorts of themes.