Talking about Sherwood Forest in the countless stories and legends will always have Robin Hood at the centre of attention. Well, this time it is different as Maid Marian is the warrior-turned hero on the reels of the slot from Inspired Gaming, standing proud with bow and arrow to award Locked Spins with sticky wilds during the bonus round.
Maid Marian is a video slot with five reels, four rows and 20 fixed pay lines. Joining her on her quest for justice on mobile or desktop will cost you from 0.30 to 90 credits. The RTP of this medium variance game is set at 95%, which is well below the industry average. Inspired Gaming limited the maximum win potential to 250,000 credits per game round.
A scene that resembles the famed Sherwood Forrest from the famous British legend is the background of a game window in form of a typical flag standard from those times. Held in deep red colors, it stands in contrast to the intricately designed pay symbols. A medieval soundtrack is adding to the authenticity of the theme.
Open the game to find the usual card royals from J to A at the low end, followed in ascending order by a bow with an arrow quiver, a wanted poster of Maid Marian, a gold ring with a blue gem, a medieval chest with gold coins and the slot logo. Pays for a single five of a kind range from 1.66x to 13.33x your stake. Wild is an intricately designed tile with the word wild written in a medieval style, substituting for all symbols except scatters and the special symbol.
Maid Marian wielding her bow is the bonus scatter, appearing on reels one, three and five only. The special symbol is an arrow shooting target that will appear in free spins on reel three only to trigger the Locked Spins feature.
The Fortune Bet
Want a higher chance to trigger the bonus round? Then activate the Fortune Bet on the left of the game window to see the Maid Marian scatters increase to a double-stacked symbol. It will increase the chance to hit the free spins, however, it costs an additional 50% of the initial bet. Surely an option when the wait for a bonus round is getting too long.
The Free Spins Feature
Maid Marian scatters in full or partial view on reels one, three and five will award eight free spins, which cannot be retriggered. An arrow shooting target appearing on reel three in a free spin will trigger five Locked Spins for each occurrence. During the Locked Spin the target and any wild symbols landing on the reels will become sticky for the duration of the five spins. Potential wins are paid after each Locked Spin.
Not had the target appearing at all in the eight free spins? No to worry. If Locked Spins have not been awarded during the feature, an additional free spin is granted which guarantees that Locked Spins will be triggered.
So how did Maid Marian fare in comparison to Robin Hood? Her arrow shooting skills certainly impressed us but the game play on the slot not so much. The RTP distribution is heavily skewed in favour of the bonus round, which makes it imperative to trigger it regularly as the base game won’t hold a balance for long. The Fortune Bet is not a bad option to increase the frequency of the bonus round but the 50% extra cost per spin means it should be used with some caution.