RIP City Review

From Hacksaw Gaming

Cat v Mouse antics in this pacey back alley slot game on a 5x5 grid with multipliers, wild multipliers and expanding wilds up to 200x to help boost your wins. Two free spins rounds to unlock too and a 12,500x top win.

OUR RATING:

Score
8.0

Name:  RIP City

Developer:  Hacksaw Gaming

Paylines:  25

Reels:  5

Rows:  5

RTP:  96.22%

Variance:  Medium

Top Payout:  12,500x

Jackpot:  No

Release Date:  January 2023

Features:  Wilds, Expanding Wilds, Multiplier Wilds, Two Free Spins Rounds

About This Slot

NOTE: Screenshots and Videos on this page are taken whilst we played this game for real money on Casumo Casino.

Meet Max the Mouse and Ro$$ the cat, a backstreet Tom and Jerry, stars of the new slot release from innovative game studio, Hacksaw Gaming. This game arrives in UK slot sites in early January 2023.

Max, cigarette in mouth, and Ro$$, looking like he’s just scrapped with another neighbourbood Tom, dance to an upbeat jazz soundtrack as the action plays out on a 5×5 reel set. If you are a fan of Hacksaw then you will recognise the design style – a mischievous theme, offset by grey, white and black colors with splashes of neon pinks, yellows and greens to brighten things up.

The variance is dialled down a notch from last year’s high variance games like Time Spinner and Undead Fortune, but there are still big prizes to play for with a 12,500x top payout.

 

What Happened When I Played RIP City Slot?

I tested RIP City at Casumo with real money stakes of 10p over a 50-minute session. You can see a summary of my wins and losses below and a highlights video from my play.

  • Test Period: 50 minutes
  • Bet Size: 10p
  • Start Balance: £117.70
  • End Balance: £87.29
  • Win / Loss: -£29.91
  • Biggest Single Win: £9.78 (97.8x)
  • Biggest Losing Streak: 30 spins with no wins
  • Free Spins Round Feature Triggers: One
  • Free Spins Round Wins: 12p (1.2x)

I love the look and feel of this game. I liked the cheeky, downmarket Max and Ro$$ characters. They bring the game to life whilst  for me, the jazzy soundtrack was just the right side of catchy.

In terms of gameplay however, there was not enough action here. It often felt like I was stuck in an endless loop of low wins. RIP City is a medium variance slot based on official audits, but in my session, the payouts felt more like those in a high variance game. The spins weren’t going my way and there were several long periods with no wins – 20 or 30 spins at a time.

In the base round it’s the Wild Cats that you are looking for. If you can get two or three of these on the top row, extending their tongue downwards, you have a lot of wilds in play and the chance to land some bigger this is what happened to me several times and I landed a 97x win as a result. Not a blockbuster, but not bad. As for Free Spins, the round triggered once to deliver 10 spins and a total win of just 1.2x!

Overall, I enjoyed the gameplay and theme in RIP City, but my luck just wasn’t in. A few more feature triggers might have changed my mind but it’s not one I’ll be coming back to soon.

More About This Slot

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

RIP City is a mid-range variance game with an RTP of 96.22% which is about average for Hacksaw Gaming slots. The highest payout you can score is 12,500x. If you are looking for Hacksaw Gaming slots with higher payouts and variance you could try Rotten (high variance, 10,000x top win) or Hand of Anubis (high variance, 10,000x). The hit frequency is 18% which is a little below average.

Symbols and Graphics

The game plays on a grid with 5 reels and 5 rows. You need at least 3 identical symbols to land from left to right on one of the 19 paylines to score a win.

Here are the symbols:

  • Low payers are the cards 10 through to Ace. Their values are 0.2x for 3 10s up to 10x for 5 Aces.
  • The premiums are the banana, skull with candle, dice, smiley face with crosses on the eyes, and cue ball with heart. These value at 1x for 3 bananas to 20x for 5 cue balls.
  • There is a luminous green Wild which subs for all others AND pays out at 25x for five on a line.
  • There is also a Cat Wild which subs for all others AND expands downwards if in doing so it can trigger a win AND pays out 25x for five on a line.

What We Like

  Fun characters, theme and soundtrack
  Expander Wilds come with up to 200x
  Two free spins rounds to unlock
  Medium variance should give regular wins

What We Don't Like

  Free Spins were very hard to unlock
  Not many features to break up gameplay

Gameplay and Features

Cat Multiplier Wilds

The Cat Wild is a big part of this game and it’s where I scored my biggest wins. When it expands downwards through another Wild, it becomes a Multiplier Wild. Multipliers are valued at 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x, 10x, 15x, 20x, 25x, 50x, 100x, 200x.

Free Spins Rounds

There are TWO free spins rounds. One for the cat and one for the mouse.

Ro$$ The Cat Free Spins

3 FS symbols unlocks the cat free spins. Here you get 10 spins with enhanced odds of hitting the Wilds. You can re-trigger this round by landing 3 FS symbols. If you hit 4 FS symbols, then the Maxx the Mouse bonus round plays once your spins are done.

Maxx The Mouse Free Spins

When you land 4 FS symbols, Maxx’s bonus feature triggers. Again, you get 10 spins. This time, if a Cat Wild lands, it activates its reel so that another Cat Wild is GUARANTEED to land on every remaining spin. If you land another 3 FS symbols, you’ll be credited 4 more spins too.

 

More Games Like RIP City

If you like RIP City, check out two more games from Hacksaw Gaming.

Time Spinners

This 16 payline slot from 2022 is based on the theme of destiny, time and eternity. It is a darker, spookier slot than RIP City and has a higher variance 4/5. There are wild multipliers of up to 12x but these can increase to 50x in the bonus round AND combine to create mega multipliers. Top payout is 10,000x. Read more here.

Pug Life

If you like the animals in RIP City then you will love the cute dogs in Pug Life. The variance in this slot is higher but it has a lower payout potential at 7,500x compared to the 12,500x in RIP City. But there are 200x multipliers to boost your wins and the chance to land sticky multipliers in the free spins round. Read more here.

 

Where Can I Play RIP City – More Recommended Slot Sites

Casumo – I tested RIP City at Casumo Casino and it’s one of my favourite slot sites. It has a huge game catalogue and a top-class website. Bonuses are regular and come with fair wagering requirements. And if you like slots races to add jeopardy to your spins this is the place to play. There are races hourly with £1,000s prizes. Sign up offer is currently 100% up to £100 and 25 spins.

Temple Nile – This is one of my favourites from the White Hat Gaming group of sites. All WHG casinos have well over 2,000 games. Temple Nile has an Egyptian flavour which sits well with games like Book of Dead and other explorer games. The sign up offer is currently 100% up to £500 so this site suits anyone planning on making a sizable first deposit.

Our Verdict

RIP City is another fun and distinctive game from Hacksaw. I really enjoyed the mix of cheeky characters, retro-cartoon styling and pacey gameplay. However, over a prolonged session things got monotonous very quickly as this game really is just about landing the Cat Wilds. Free Spins round triggers were a rarity so there was little to break up the rhythm.

Hacksaw fans who like their upbeat and fun style will enjoy this game. As will those who eventually unpick its free spins lock. But for the rest of us, it may feel like the kind of game we dip into for a short while before moving on from.

Score
8.0

Good

A fun and kooky slot with a great theme and pacey gameplay but tough to crack in a big way!