Action Bank Online Casino Slot Review
Whether you know it as noughts and crosses or tic tac toe, there is a certain paper-based game that will come to mind when you fire up Action Bank from Barcrest for the first time. What you might not know is that these Os and Xs are every bit as closely associated with the older pub slots for which Barcrest became famous. Reviewing the developer’s online games provides us with a great opportunity to delve back into history, and few names in gaming have as much of that as Barcrest does. Unlike some developers, their older games, which had plenty of traction on land before heading online, actually generally hold up well even with so much competition out there nowadays. We are admittedly not expecting anything flashy or innovative from Action Bank, but it should still be a fun little trip down memory lane so let’s see what it can bring to the table.
The Style and Base Gameplay
Those O and X symbols are impossible to miss on this game as they well and truly dominate the board, although they are certainly not the only icons to look out for when putting together your winning combinations. They are joined by other traditional slots favourites like 7s and bars, and there’s even a wild card on this game, represented by the oh so traditional joker symbol. There is a scatter on this game, which we will cover in the section below, and that’s the only symbol that the wild is unable to fill in for on this game.
We have to admit that we were somewhat surprised by the presence of a wild on the game, and the same can be said of the number of winning combinations offered. With five reels and three rows in play, we knew that there was some potential for something bigger than expected, but we were not quite ready for twenty win lines, which actually make this game feel quite a bit more modern than it might have.
Features and Extras
One of the more frustrating elements of Action Bank, at least initially, is the fact that the O symbols are basically worthless. There are not many online slots out there that feature a symbol on the main board that does basically nothing, but this is one of them. However, it is not entirely worthless, and it is all about chance. The key scatter on this game is the golden vault, which looks a lot more modern than anything else on the board outside the wild card. The O symbols are generally useless, but there is a chance on each spin that they might transform into golden vaults.
Whether they land naturally or come into play as a result of a transformation, five of these vaults in view will get the feature action underway. First up, players will need to choose one of the triggering vaults, and will find between five and thirty free spins inside. Somewhat unusually, the number of spins can be gambled, although there is a cap of thirty so if you are already near the top, it is generally worth sticking with it, especially as the nature of a gamble means that the spins can be lost as well as increased.
As long as you have some spins left following any gamble, they will then get underway with some newly added double symbols on the board. These enable longer, bigger wins and will contribute to some enhanced returns in the base game. The spins can be triggered again with another five golden vaults, and there is also a chance of randomly activating the Big Bank Bonus when the spins are in effect – a pick round with diamond, ruby and sapphire multipliers that can be worth up to 500 times your bet.
Our Thoughts on Barcrest's Action Bank
Action Bank is clearly a nod to the past and, as expected, there is nothing ground-breaking on display here. However, the game still manages to be an outstanding offering for the right kind of player, which is testament to the quality that has run through the Barcrest range for many years. If you’re not already a Barcrest fan, then you probably won’t see this as being the ideal introduction as it is an acquired taste, but if you love the developer then this game is about as solid as it gets.