Hacksaw Gaming has a stellar reputation and is at the top of the industry as one of the best slot providers. In this episode of the slot wars, two of its amazing slots are facing each other – Buffalo Stack’n’Sync and Outlaws Inc.
So different, yet so similar at the same time, which one will rise up to the throne? Another epic battle awaits, so let the slot war begin!
Round 1: Winning Potential and RTP
No matter how nice-looking and advanced the slot is features-wise if it doesn’t offer nice wins players will be reluctant to play it in real money mode. After all, the winning potential is one of the traits most important to punters.
Luckily, both of these games offer a hefty maximum prize of up to 10,000x the stake. Means they are equal regarding the winning potential, so there’s no winner in this round.
The situation is the same when it comes to variance, as both offer highly volatile gameplay, rated 4 out of 5 by the provider. On the other hand, the RTP does differ a little bit.
Nature-inspired game has an RTP of 96.36%, while the outlaws offer a slightly lower RTP of 96.23%. On the other hand, Outlaws Inc has a bigger playing ground with a 5×5 grid and 26 paylines compared to the 5×4 grid with 10 paylines seen in the Buffalo Stack’n’Sync release.
Round 2: Bonus Features
As the name says, the Stack’n’Sync feature is the star of the Buffalo slot. Whenever an S’N’S (Stack’n’Sync) symbol hits, its reel is boosted with 15, 30, 45, or 60 symbols of one type, plus a respin. If there are more of these special symbols in the view, a respin is awarded for each of them, while their reels are synced to the reels that are already stacked.
Stampede Reel with a multiplier up to 100x is created when a full reel of buffalo symbols land together. These reels can only link with buffalo symbols on other reels as they aren’t Wild. Multipliers apply to any buffalo win and are added together when more than one Stampede Reel is used.
Three Scatters appearing simultaneously trigger 10 free spins during which high-paying symbols are more likely to land stacked. This improves the chances of getting stacks of buffalo symbols.
On the other hand, four bonus symbols landing together in the base game activate Stampede Spins with only buffalo symbols, Stack symbols or less valuable skull symbols. Replacing skull symbols, 5 to 60 buffalo symbols are added to the reel each time a Stack symbol lands. In addition, 1 extra free spin is added for each Stack symbol on reels.
At the top left side of the grid in Outlaws Inc, you’ll see the Global Multiplier. It increases every time when purple Cougar and green Orc symbols land. While the Cougar adds the revealed value of up to 100x the bet to the Global Multiplier, Orc multiplies the Global Multiplier 2, 3, 4 or 5 times. However, the Global Multiplier isn’t active until a Gorilla symbol appears.
On the right side of reels sits the Star Bar, showing any extra spins awarded in the base game or the remaining number of free spins in the bonus game. A Star symbol landing in the main game awards 1 to 3 Stars on this bar, equating to one spin each.
The free spins round is triggered by 3, 4 or 5 FS symbols dropping at the same time, awarding Stars with a starting 1x Global Multiplier, 4 Stars with a starting 5x Global Multiplier or 5 Stars with a starting x10 Global Multiplier respectively.
During free spins, two new box symbols appear – Star Boxes can contain either a Star Badge or an empty Star, while Smile Box can have a Cougar, Orc or Gorilla symbol. Also, Global Multiplier doesn’t reset between free spins.
These slots have Buy Bonus in common that comes in three versions:
- Buffalo Stack’n’Stack – buy a spin with guaranteed S’N’S symbol and at least 1 respin for 15x the bet, enter free spins round at a cost of 100x the stake or trigger Stampede Spins for a price of 250x the bet
- Outlaws Inc – you can purchase Stars and a 1x starting Global multiplier for 100x the stake, 4 Stars plus a 5x starting Global Multiplier for 200x the bet or get 5 Stars and a 10x starting Global Multiplier at a cost of 300x the stake
Round 3: Visual and Audio Effects
In its variety of forms, the Wild West is one of the most popular video slot themes around. Hacksaw Gaming is not a stranger to it, but Buffalo Stack’n’Sync isn’t the gunslinging version you might expect. Instead, it presents the nature theme, with mighty buffalo and other wild animals as the main protagonists.
Filled with cactuses and rock formations, the background is showing the landscape of the prairie in North America. The design of symbols is impeccable, while the graphics and animation are at the . Complementing the theme completely, the soundtrack has an upbeat, western vibe that adds suspense to the gameplay.
If you’re ready to settle in for some more gunslinging action in the Wild West like the one in the provider’s Wanted Dead or a Wild slot, Outlaws Inc might disappoint you. Despite its name, the game has nothing to do with the cowboy action you might expect. Instead, the slot follows a biker gang made up of a group of gruff-looking animals in helmets.
A predominantly dark background is slashed with a few splashes of color, but the bleak vibe prevails. As expected from this provider, the design and graphics are superb. What doesn’t add up at all is the music that is quite slow and doesn’t go with a theme at all.
Although these two slots have completely different themes and vibes, the slight advantage goes to Buffallo Stack’n’Sync because it is more vibrant and more put together.
And The Winner Is…
This episode of slot wars ends up with Buffalo Stack’n’Sync slot rising to the top, but that doesn’t make Outlaws Inc any less deserving of your attention. Once again, it was a close call as both of these slots are amazing in their own way. While they might appeal to different types of players don’t hesitate to give both a try.