Retro slots can be a bit hit or miss when it comes to popularity, and you’ll either like the stripped-back gameplay or feel limited by the lack of options. However, Action Bank Plus comes with a bit of heritage behind it, as the spiritual sequel to BAR-X, which was very popular in the physical and virtual casino world for many years.
Made by studio Red7, this version ditches the BAR-X name but brings with it the lean aesthetics and big winning potential of its ancestor. So, will this game break the bank or leave you in your overdraft? Let’s look.
First, this game’s appearance can be a bit shocking to anyone who has gamed in the last ten years because of how basic the design is. There’s barely a splash of colour anywhere, with lots of bare steel and black and white even in the high-value symbols, and they’re all very traditional looking: Xs, Os, BARs, and 7s without even the odd lemon or cherry to spice it up. This is very typical of the whole experience, and you’re in for some disappointment if you came for the fireworks. However, we’re pleased to say that there are some fireworks where it counts, in the cash department.
This game boasts a truly staggering 4,096 ways to win across its 6 reels and 4 rows, and with bets from .10 credits all the way to 200 credits there are plenty of options for the high rollers out there to make some serious money. The presence of the O symbol, which doesn’t win any money, will seem odd to modern gamers, but a combo of 7s can win you 20x your stake so there is plenty to play for. With an RTP of 96.04%, it’s clear there is plenty to be made on this slot even though it’s not much to look at.
The one nod to modern gaming this slot makes is the bonus Vault round, triggered when four of the heavy vault doors slam into place on the sixth reel in a shower of sparks. Opening one of the vault doors grants you a random number of free spins up to 16, and the game is really generous with its spins because any O symbols that land in this round adds more spins up to a maximum of another 20.
You’ll know you’re in the free spins round because your background turns to gold, and for good reason: As well as the monster number of free spins, the game also introduces double versions of the regular symbols for extra cash prizes, and you can re-trigger this whole round again and again by landing more vaults – even within the free spins round!
We promise you this game is more than generous enough to make you forget about its unfortunate styling. With many ways to win and truly excellent bonuses, you’ll soon be wondering why you bothered with its flashier rivals!