Robin Hood, or Robin Hood: Shifting Riches to give it its full title, is a beautiful 3D slot from NetEnt. The theme – taking from the rich and giving to the poor – is certainly appropriate when we're talking about slots as long as the players wins out that is!
Robin Hood's graphics and gameplay aren't so very different from one of NetEnt's signature games, Jack and the Beanstalk, so this slot will feel very familiar if you've ever played that. But, whether you've played Jack and the Beanstalk or not, you're in for a treat when you fire up Robin Hood.
Robin Hood is a beautiful 5-reel slot with 20 paylines and a unique Shifting Reels feature that can potentially score players several spins for the price of one as well as adding a multiplier into the mix.
It may not have the most impressive jackpot around, but there are a few great things about Robin Hood (such as a feature that allows players to work towards free spins over several sessions) that mean it's definitely worth checking out.
As soon as the cinematic intro of Robin Hood and his band of merry men taking on a group of the king's men starts up, you just know that this slot is going to be a great looking one and the game doesn't disappoint when it finishes loading up.
Robin Hood is set deep in the woods of the English countryside, presumably near Robin Hood's hideout, and the game's background features rustling reeds and autumn leaves blowing in the breeze. There isn't quite as much in the way of animation as in Jack and the Beanstalk, but this slot still looks just beautiful.
It's strange that this slot hasn't had the same impact as Jack and the Beanstalk when it's so similar, but we guess that may be down to the underwhelming jackpot (more on that below). Even so, it's now a couple of years old and has still earned its place at the majority of online casinos that offer NetEnt games.
Before we get on to the dedicated bonus round, we're going to talk a little about the Shifting Reels feature. This is an exclusive feature that's similar to, but different in a few key ways, Jack and the Beanstalk's Walking Wild.
Every time players get a win, reels shift one column to the right (and build a multiplier of 2x, 3x and 5x for consecutive wins) to give players another chance to win. Truth be told, it's very difficult to reach that 3x or 5x multiplier, but it's still nice to get another chance to win without having to spend any more cash.
Robin Hood has a bonus round mechanic that's a little bit different to most other slots. Free spins are activated by collecting four money bags, but you don't have to collect these over the course of a single session; provided you play the game at the same venue it will automatically remember how many money bags you've collected for up to one year.
Obviously, the benefit for NetEnt is that this encourages players to keep coming back to Robin Hood but it does also mean that you don't need to feel too bad about abandoning a session before you trigger a bonus round because all of the hard work you've put into collecting money bags will carry over to the next time you come back.
There's actually nothing particularly out of the ordinary about the game's bonus round itself: players get 10 free spins with an extra wild and the chance to add extra free spins during the bonus round, plus Shifting Reels remain in play throughout for a chance at building up a multiplier.
With a jackpot of just a few thousand dollars, Robin Hood is unlikely to capture the attention of jackpot hunters who usually spend their time on progressive games.
However, the upside of the lower jackpot is that players are more likely to encounter decent wins during standard play. And the game's Shifting Reels only help with that. Of course, the bonus round will help, but it's possible to break even or even come out on top of Robin Hood during standard play alone.
Still, that will come as little consolation to folks who live to hunt huge jackpots and find themselves disappointed by the maximum 1,000 coin line jackpot awarded to players who line up 5 Robin Hood symbols.
There's no doubt that Robin Hood is one of the better looking slots out there – we can't think of many other games, let alone any in NetEnt's library, that are animated as nicely or look as smooth.
Unfortunately, the low jackpot will put many players off spending much time playing Robin Hood, which is a shame as the game really does have a lot to offer. The Shifting Reels feature is great, but it has to be said that it rarely provides the same benefits as Jack and the Beanstalk's Walking Wild feature.
If you like your slots low variance and are looking for a game to stretch your bankroll for a long time, Robin Hood is a good choice. If you'd rather chase a larger jackpot but stick with a fairytale setting, you might want to go with Jack and the Beanstalk instead.