Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood Review

From Quickspin

A simple, but highly volatile video slot, the fourth in the popular Wild West franchise from Quickspin. This is their darkest game yet, with a classic revenge-narrative but really simple gameplay. Line up Wilds (Trails of Blood) to trigger up to 15 Revenge Spins with Locked Wilds. Top payout is 17,000x at a 96.23% RTP.

OUR RATING:

Score
8.0

Name:  Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood

Developer:  Quickspin

Paylines:  10

Reels:  5

Rows:  3

RTP:  96.23%

Variance:  High

Top Payout:  17,000x

Jackpot:  No

Release Date:  August 2022

Features:  Wilds, Locked Wilds, Free Spins

About This Slot

Quickspin are returning to one of their most successful series of slots this August 2022 with Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood. And it looks like they have been paying close attention to the work of one of their most out-there rivals when planning this game. Trail of Blood heads to the same dark places as No Limit City’s blockbuster high risk slot, Tombstone RIP, with similarly brooding graphics and violent storylines.

Quickspin have moved the series on from the more cartoon-graphics, their favourite oranges and yellows, cacti and rolling train lines with rich bounty. This time they have built a sombre-looking game with a revenge plot line built into the narrative that any Western movie fan will be familiar with. Think of the vengeful families in the Clint Eastwood classic, a Fistful of Dollars, the young Mattie Ross seeking to avenge her father’s killing in True Grit, or the gunfighter looking to avenge her familie’s killings in a dusty border town in The Quick and The Dead.

The vengeful character here is a sheriff called Tex Tallonis, whose family has been lost in gunfight. The story plays out on a classic 5×3 reel grid and with the simplest of gameplay as we shall find out

Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood is due for a release on August 9th 2022 from when it will be available at most UK slot sites.

RTP, Variance and Top Payout

Like each of the other 3 slots in the Sticky Bandits series, Trail of Blood is very much a high variance game. That means high risk for high reward. You could be looking at long periods with little or no return before the payouts kick in. But where they do, they are potentially high, peaking at 17,000x according to Quickspin’s game stats. The RTP is set at 96.23% which is about average for this kind of game.

Spins start from just 10p.

Symbols and Graphics

Nooses and gallows set a sombre tone before you’ve even spun the reels here. Quickspin normally favour a color scheme that utilises a palette of pastel oranges and yellows, but in this case those have been forsaken for darker browns and greys. A night time sky hangs over the reels, with wooden buildings illuminated by lanterns looming over as well.

You’ll need 3 or more low paying symbols, or 2 or more premiums to trigger a win. The low paying ones are the cards, 9 through to Ace, delivering 4x to 10x the bet, whilst the premiums are represented by the suitably dangerous Fire Bombs, Brass Knuckles, Knives and Revolvers. These trigger wins of 20x to 75x.

The Wilds in the game are represented by five different characters from the story. They all perform the same functions – subbing in for normal symbols to create wins OR triggering free spins when 3 or more land on a payline AND paying 300x for FIVE on a payline

Lines of Wilds are what give the game it’s name – they are called Trails of Blood.

What We Like

  Dark Wild West revenge story
  5 Wilds create 300x wins
  Wilds lock for free spins round
  Simple, high variance classic
  Evolves the series nicely

What We Don't Like

  Very simplistic gameplay
  Lower top payout than other slots

Gameplay and Features

Trail of Blood is one of the simplest slots you can imagine and will appeal to those who like their gaming to be straight forward. Alongside your standard wins you are simply looking to unlock the free spins round with 3 or more Wilds as follows:

3 Wilds – 10 Revenge Spins

4 Wilds – 12 Revenge Spins

5 Wilds – 15 Revenge Spins

During the round the following happens:

  • All Wilds are LOCKED in.
  • When a new Wild lands, it is also locked in plus you get 1 EXTRA SPIN.

So, should you get luck with a line of 5 WILDS then that 300x payout will repeat for EVERY spin throughout the bonus round!

Other Slots Like This One

There are some obvious comparison’s to be made between Trail of Blood and some other slots out there. Here’s are two worth mentioning.

Tombstone RIP by No Limit City – NLC have really shaken up the industry with their adult-themed slots, and Tombstone RIP’s influence on Trail of Blood has been noted by slots fans. But despite the comparisons over style (namely the dark subject matter and sombre graphics) beneath the surface they are quite different slots. Tombstone RIP has a typically complicated set of features that include NLC’s favourite xNudge Wilds, Splitting Wilds, huge multipliers and two free spins rounds. It also peaks at a ludicrously high payout of 300,000x. Trail of Blood compares less favourably with just 17,000x top win, and its simplistic gameplay creates a totally different experience. In short, if you find NLC’s feature-packed gameplay too much and want to pare-down the experience to just Wilds and Free Spins, then Quickspin’s new Sticky Bandits game is a better option. 

Sticky Bandits 3 Most Wanted by Quickspin – Another useful comparison is with Quickspin’s previous release from the series, Most Wanted. That release was much more in keeping with Quickspins’ classic graphical style, and had a much brighter feel. The gameplay isn’t too different to the new installment, focusing on wilds that stick in the free spins round. However, if you enjoy multipliers, you might prefer to check Most Wanted out as ALL wins in the free spins round come with a 2x multiplier. The number of paylines is dropped to 9, but the top win is a greater 22,468x, so if that stat appeals to you, Most Wanted may be a better option. Above all though, for us Trail of Blood compares favourably with the original games in this franchise – its’ darker and deadlier, but its sombre edge is more in keeping with where the trend in video slots is heading.

Our Verdict

Sticky Bandits Trail of Blood is a worthy addition to this growing franchise. Quickspin have made an excellent choice in shifting the mood whilst retaining much of the simple aspects of the previous versions of the game. If you like simple high-risk action with tons of jeopardy, or if you enjoy dark Western movies with revenge plots, then this slot will be ideal for you. Alternatively, if you are averse to the high risk model on offer here, then you should look for other western slots like Wild Wild West slot by NetEnt, also released in 2022.