The old adage goes, “Two’s company, three’s a crowd,” yet a good trilogy of novels, films, or slot machine games is always enjoyable. In the first, we are introduced to the story’s characters and their goals; in the second, we learn more about them and the problems they face; and in the third, we wrap everything up with a flourish. In the same vein. The third and final installment of Big Time Gaming’s The Cult trilogy is a wild ride, and it’s called Outlaw.
Outlaw has some large shoes to fill, following in the tracks of Lil’ Devil and Wild Flower. All three have been hosted in quite diverse environments, but each has its own unique visual style that makes it clear which slot series players are up against. In Outlaw, the familiar 6-reel grid may be found in a hot section of desert, supposedly not too far from the original Bonanza mine. It’s the sort of area where counterculture types may go to perform some introspective space travel, what with the blazing red rock formation and foreboding clouds. While the majority of Outlaw’s soundtrack is more subdued, the four bonus rounds include blazing guitar solos.
Now it’s our turn to go some introspective space travel as we disassemble Outlaw. To begin, Big Time Gaming’s RTP is as reliable as ever. It may be obtained in two different ways: either by playing the game regularly (for 96.1%) or by purchasing a bonus round (for 96.16%). Be prepared at all times for a very unpredictable journey, regardless of whether you’re using a mobile, desktop, or tablet device. When you’re ready to take the plunge, you may choose a bet size anywhere from 20 percent to £/€20 every spin.
In Outlaw, you’ll spin 6 reels that can each carry up to 7 symbols on a non-cascading Megaways board. The total number of possible winning combinations ranges from one to 117,649, depending on the amount of symbols appearing on each reel. Except for the highest paying symbol, which pays out for just two of a kind, regular symbols pay when they fall on successive reels beginning on the left. That’s the iconic pink skull, which originally appeared in DHV, and branching off from it are flowers, bottles, cactus, and the royal family from A to 9. When you get a royal flush or straight flush, you win 0.3 to 0.4 times your wager, and when you get four premium cards, you earn 0.5 to 10 times your bet.
Abandoned: Gambling Machines
When it comes to features, it’s all about combining and twisting together old and new parts to create something completely new. Included are details on additional features including full-reel wilds, free spins based on a falling angel, free spins based on a spinning head, upgraded versions, the Win Exchange, and a bonus purchase.
Completely Wild Reels
When the Wild Sheriff or Wild Outlaw appears on reels 2, 3, 4, or 5, they take over the entire reel. Both act as replacements for conventional pay symbols, and any Wild Sheriff that contributes to a winning combination multiplies that win by 7.
In Outlaw, you can get both a standard Silver Scatter and a massive Gold Megascatter. Free spins are triggered by landing three or more scatters, and they are multiplied by two if one of the scatters that triggered the feature was a Gold Megascatter. Players who have triggered either variety of bonus round can select between the Fallen Angel Free Spins or the Dizzy in the Head Free Spins (or their respective improved variants). In addition to an aesthetic overhaul once you enter the bonus game, The Cult’s song “Outlaw” begins playing as you progress.
Free Games with the Fallen Angel
There are seven re-spins on this one. The Sticky Wild is a low-paying royal symbol that is chosen at random before the free spins begin. When the selected symbol lands on reels 2–5, it transforms into a Sticky Wild and remains there until the feature finishes, locking in place along with the fixed amount of symbols on that reel. All Sticky Wilds on a single reel trigger an additional 3 free games. The same principles apply during Enhanced Fallen Anger Free Spins, with the addition of a second Sticky Wild on reels 2-5, selected from among the high-paying symbols. In both iterations of this bonus game, scatter symbols do not make an appearance.
Spin the Wheel, Get Dizzy for Free
In this mode, you can win up to 8 more spins at no cost. Each free spin during this feature awards a multiplier of up to x77 and features a full-reel Ladder Wild. If a victory occurs that includes the Ladder Wild, the multiplier will be applied. Landing 3, 4, or 5 Silver Scatters during this feature delivers 4, 6, or 8 additional free spins, respectively. Each time the Wild Ladder completes a winning combination during Enhanced Dizzy in the Head Free Spins, the feature-long multipliers on the ladder are enhanced by one, all the way up to x777.
Gain the Exchange
Free spins worth 100 times the wager can be purchased when a player’s win is 100 times the bet or higher. If your win is between 25x and 100x your wager, you can choose to gamble it for a shot at free spins or Enhanced Free Spins on two prize wheels with varying numbers of segments.
Or, those who have access to the bonus purchase can pay 70x their wager for the standard bonus round or 300x their wager for the enhanced version.
Danger: The Slots Judgement
The third and final game in Big Time Gaming’s The Cult trilogy primarily sticks to what made the prior games so fantastic rather than trying to shock fans with something radically new. Or harsh, depending on your point of view and personal history. Outlaw can be as challenging as any of its two predecessors, or as rewarding, depending on your luck. With double the wilds and more opportunities to win than before, the base game cruises along well. However, the Outlaw Wild is a letdown because it only substitutes for one symbol instead than the several symbols that would normally appear on that reel. The Sheriff does, too, but this one’s got an x7.
However, if you trigger free spins or Enhanced Free Spins, it’s game on, and there are a number of possible entry points. In contrast to earlier versions, players who qualify no longer have to wait patiently (or angrily) through the main game for the necessary amount of scatters to hit. A 31x bet victory in the main game was one of the earliest semi-organic triggers, resulting to a winning spin in the victory Exchange and, eventually, Enhanced Free Spins. Actually, that’s not impossible. If you don’t feel like waiting for a specific set of circumstances to unfold, you may always go for a straight-up bonus buy instead.
Features-wise, they echo those of classic slots while adding modern twists. Unlike Wild Flower, Fallen Angel Free Spins does not feature the Angel Wild/multipliers of Lil Devil, but it does land quite a few Sticky Wilds, which is pleasant to see. The Dizzy in the Head Free Spins bonus rounds are the only ones to benefit from the increased multipliers. The x777 beckons from the pinnacle of the Enhanced version, making it clear that this is the more enticing of the two options. This leaves a possible payout range of 14,000x in the main game and 64,400x during free spins.
It’s not the highest possible score, but it does serve to sum up the trilogy nicely. Each of the three spots, while similar in certain aspects, has something unique to offer, and the same can be said about the rest of Outlaw. Outlaw is something of a hybrid between Lil Devil (the original) and Wild Flower (renowned for its volatility) with its own unique twists and characteristics. The final product is a rousing and satisfying conclusion to the series, though some viewers may have hoped for an even bigger explosion.