Stampede – Every so often, we like to come back to one of the better slots Betsoft have created. It’s an unfortunate truth that not all games are created equal. Back in 2017, it was clear the developer was betting on Stampede being their next big thing. In many ways, this release set the groundwork that all other Betsoft slots would use down the line. It’s simple, easy to grasp, and can award a jackpot worth 769,500 coins!
We remember being impressed by this game when it first came out two years ago. It showed a gorgeous background image, depicting the sprawling African Savanna. It even succeeded in incorporating animations for the clouds gently coasting along the distance!
In contrast, modern releases still haven’t moved from that point. You could make the argument that an absence of symbol animations was alright in 2017. Not so much in 2019, when developers had more than enough time to improve their slots visually. If anything, we regressed, because most current games don’t have animations in the background!
Stampede’s icons are what you’d expect from a Savanna themed slot. You’ll find playing card royals, and various types of animals spread across the playing field! The card symbols look out of place among the flora and fauna of this game. In contrast, each animal has a distinct appearance that helps make them feel unique and interesting.
Another thing that’s also somewhat different is the layout! The older version is still quite recognizable, but lacks the same sleek design that the newer version has. It’s actually quite colorful, which you, sadly, don’t see as much in modern user interfaces.
This Betsoft release has a high variance. There’s a big jackpot waiting for you, but it comes after a long grind! Whether or not you enjoy this really boils down to the type of gambler you are. Do you like to win in small chunks, or do you want one life-changing super prize? If it’s the latter, then you’ll adore this slot. With a jackpot as satisfying as Stampede’s, it’s difficult to resist!
Spins for Fans in Distant Lands
The game is played on a 5×4 board with 1024 ways to win. This release forgoes traditional paylines, and as such, they cannot be turned on or off. This does limit your betting range, especially on the lower end. So much so, that we’d recommend casual players skip this one all-together.
Stampede has an RTP of 95.27%, which is below our recommended 96% threshold. However, we do make a rare exception in the case of this slot. Not because it’s fun or particularly interesting. Our decision is purely motivated on how lucrative the game can be! That huge jackpot will require a fair amount of effort to win, but it’s not nearly as distant as it first seems.
One thing we don’t miss from older releases is having to calculate coin values into actual cash. Betsoft does adjust the paytable to display how much each icon is expected to pay depending on your bet level. However, it doesn’t adjust the value when you increase or decrease your coin value. By adjusting both, you can set your wager between $0.40 and $200 per spin!
The Autoplay function is the tried and true friend of any gambler who loves high volatility games! After all, you’ll be spinning the reels for a while. There’s no reason you can’t make it easier for yourself by letting Betsoft’s release do all the work! Just lean back, and wait for the win to come to you.
Three or more identical symbols in adjacent positions, from left to right only, will grant cash prizes. These wins aren’t subject to specific payline positions either. So long as the first condition is met, the money will be safely deposited in your balance.
We were somewhat shocked how many icons actually award the same amount of cash. The elephant is the highest value symbol. Immediately, the second place is contested between the cheetah and eagle! The zebra and giraffe share the next spot, and after that, it gets real spicy! Namely, all five playing card royals and the antelope are all worth the same amount of money.
Pros & Cons
Multipliers Galore Stampede
Collect three, four or five Scatters to win eight, twelve or twenty free spins. It is possible to win additional extra turns by collecting more Scatters during free spins.
While the bonus is active, Wilds have a chance of appearing with 2x or 3x multipliers. If they become part of a win, they will increase the granted cash prize. Furthermore, you aren’t limited to just one multiplier! If there are several Wilds present, then their multipliers will also be multiplied! This can create some massive wins, well worth of Stampede’s high volatility. If you’re hoping to score that 769,500 coin jackpot, you’d best hope you’re Wild enough!