They say crime doesn’t pay – but perhaps, it’s better to say it doesn’t pay in the long term. In the short term, it’s a very fast road to riches – especially if you get in good with the right people. The tale of the American mafia families, which put honor and respect on top of building a criminal empire, was always something that fascinated us – some kind of honor among thieves. Sure, Bucksy Malone would shoot a guy dead in the middle of the night, but he’d have enough respect not to do it while he was out with his wife and children. A life of glitz, glamour and greatness – at least, until it all comes crashing down. That’s what this Saucify slot is all about. Released in September 2011 with a medium volatility and a 600x fixed jackpot, we thought we would celebrate its seven year anniversary by taking a look at it, and seeing how it held up over the years.
The first thing you’re going to see are the graphics. We can’t say they’re particularly good or bad, honestly. You can clearly see it’s a little big aged, and the lack of animations certainly doesn’t make it a good competitor with the slots of today. That said, the symbols are clearly designed, and it still exudes that atmosphere of the old mafia that was prevalent in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Among symbols, you will find a plate of spaghetti, a hat, some brass knuckles, a shaving kit, a stack of cash, a barrel of whiskey, a tommy gun, an old timey car, a singer, the enforcer, and several special features which, while a new positive, do little to effect normal gameplay, which remains filler for the real attractions.
And this game is positively loaded with bonuses! The only one that affects gameplay outside of special features is the appearance of the mad assassin. He will appear at random and shoot at the reels, turning one position on the reel into a Wild. You will also see him around as a Scatter symbol – collecting three, four or five of him will reward you with ten free spins with a 2x, 4x or 5x multiplier, respectively, in addition to a minor cash prize. If the idea of hanging about a crazed assassin isn’t your cup of tea, however, there’s another feature in which you help Bucksy Malone sell some whiskey illegally, as during his time, the prohibition was in full swing. Once you collect three Bucksy symbols, you are allowed to pick between three of the six barrels or booze, and at random, you will be assigned cash prizes. Ultimately, plenty of bonuses to spice up your gameplay, and while it can be fun to play the title, there’s one major flaw we have to point out.
The graphics are decent, and the gameplay can be fun on occasion, but the real draw-back is the abysmal RTP. While the idea of a 600x maximum score for a five-of-a-kind win is certainly exciting, the idea of a 91.8% RTP is far less so, as its well below industry standard. This means that if you spend $100, you will win back $91.8 of that money, a bad deal when most float above 95%. We really can’t recommend it because of this.