Bust the Bank Slots
This slot is based on the cartoon ‘cops and robbers’ type theme. Think robbers wearing striped shirts while carrying big bags marked swag! This is a lively game with lots of animations which include explosions and some interesting on-reel extras including a safe which awards extra cash bonuses. There is a bonus free spins round which includes 2 reels which turn completely wild. In the background a quirky jazz type soundtrack helps create the hapless robbers type atmosphere. Bust the bank has 5 reels, 3 rows and is based on the 243-ways system rather than having a fixed number of win-lines.
Around the reels is a metallic frame, looking like the reinforced walls of a bank vault. The background of the reels is a plain white, which contrasts with the colourful and detailed symbols. These include an alarm clock, fat cop, robbers, guard dog, cop in a car and security van. The scatter symbol is a cartoon style bomb – complete with skull and crossbones motif. All of the symbols have animations when they are involved in wins. Examples include the bank blowing up, the dog running and the alarm clock (which is part of a bomb) also exploding. This gives the slot a hectic overall feel, though the light humour is preserved throughout. When you hit the bonus game there is a nice sequence where a ladder comes down over the reels, before these turn wild.
Playing Bust the Bank
With the 243 ways system you win with 3 or more consecutive symbols from the left –regardless of their position on the reels. As long as there are no gaps of an entire reel, you’ll get paid. This avoids ‘missing’ win lines compared with the traditional slot setup. Coin sizes can be from 1c up to $2, and you can bet up to 10 coins – which are multiplied by 30 for your spin amount. This gives a range of 30c minimum, up to $600 maximum per spin. The standard MicroGaming auto play is in place.
Of the regular symbols, the robbers have the biggest prizes. The guy in the striped shirt is worth 50x your total bet, with the one in a brown shirt worth 33x. The tops come next with the fat guy worth 16.5x your bet. All symbols pay from 3 or more consecutively. The bank, van, clock / bomb and dog make up the smaller wins. This slot does not include any playing card symbols.
The old style bomb with the skill motif is the scatter symbol. 5 of these anywhere on the reels gets you 50x your bet, while 3+ will trigger the free spins bonus game.
There is a wild symbol – in the form of the ‘Bust the Bank’ logo. This will substitute for any of the regular symbols, though not the scatters or the special on-reel bonus symbols (the safe and the piggy bank).
Bonus Games for Bust the Bank
There are two on reel bonuses, which appear at random. The first involves a special safe symbol, which can appear on the first and fifth reel. This will open, awarding a coin value. These coins will then pour onto the reels below duplicating your prize. If you land the safe on the top row, you’ll end up with 3x the prize each time.
The other on-reel special is a pink piggy-bank what appears on the middle reel. This smashes open, revealing an instant prize. You will sometimes see the robbers appear over the reels and award extra prizes too.
Free spins are triggered by hitting 3+ scatters and come with 2 wild reels. You’ll see an animation involving ladders, and reels 1 and 5 will turn completely wild. These remain wild for the duration of your 8 spins, with only the middle 3 reels spinning. If you get any of the scatter (bomb) symbols.
I am not surprised that this is considered a classic slot from MicroGaming. All of the elements which make up a great video slot are in place. The theme is entertaining, at the same time as having an element of humour. There is plenty going on while you play, including wilds, scatters and different on-reel features too.
The main attraction is the free spins game, where 2 wild reels make a big difference – especially when combined with the 243 ways winning system. I recommend you check this slot out for yourself – and soon!