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The Bowery Boys slot REVIEW

The Bowery Boys ReviewAs is famously depicted in Martin Scorsese’s crime drama from 2002, Gangs of New York, times were rough in the 19th century version of the city that never sleeps. Even more so in Hell’s Kitchen, where the The Bowery Boys ruled with an iron fist. You get to meet 3 of them in this dark and grim Hacksaw release, and these are hardly the kind of chaps you would want to run into in a dark alley.

One of them looks a bit like Daniel Day-Lewis’ Bill ‘the Butcher’ Cutting from the movie mentioned above, and there is a NoLimit City vibe hanging over this production. Since the equally grim wild west release, Wanted Dead or a Wild, has been such a smash hit, we expect to see more of Hacksaw’s darker side in the times ahead. We don’t mind at all, cause The Bowery Boys is one of their very best releases so far, and you have plenty of explosive features to look forward to.

The Bowery Boys Slot - Reels Screen

The Bowery Boys Slot Features

The so-called All-Scatter Wins system means that all symbols pay as scatters, which again means that you win by landing 8 to 15+ matching symbols anywhere in view. The royals all pay 20x your stake for 15+, while the premiums pay between 50 and 100 x your stake for the same. The powder keg Wild symbol holds no value of its own, but it substitutes for all pay symbols to help complete scatter wins.

All winning symbols are removed from the grid via the Cascading Wins mechanic, and this allows for new and/or existing symbols to drop down from above to fill the gaps. The cascading feature goes on as long as you keep winning, and if you collect pending prize money it’s paid at the end of the cascading sequence.

Landing a Strongbox at the same time as the Key symbol awards whatever the strongbox contains, and it comes with 3 possible random prizes. You get a prize of either 2x to 5x, 10x to 25x or 50x to 250x your stake, and these are added to the pending win tally above the grid.

In addition, you can land Blasting Bomb Multipliers, and these come with random values between x2 and x100. If you land more than one Multiplier Bomb, the values are added together before boosting the pending win. The multiplier bombs do not apply to anything but a pending prize win.

The Bowery Boys Slot - Free Spins

There are 3 different Bonus Rounds to look forward to, and these are triggered by landing 1, 2 or 3 bonus scatters:

Landing 1 scatter triggers the Strongbox Storage Bonus Round, and in this feature you can store up to 5 Strongboxes in a storage space above the reels. You get 10 free spins, and landing the Key symbol opens any strongbox on the reels, as well as all strongboxes you have in storage. You get +1 free spin for all bonus scatters that land.

You need 2 bonus scatters to trigger the Daisy’s Dynamite Bonus Round, and it comes with 10 free spins. You can land Dynamite Multipliers of x2 to x100, and these are stored until you land a Detonator symbol. The detonator applies all stored multipliers to any pending win you may have racked up in storage, and each bonus scatter awards +1 extra spin also in this feature.

The Bowery Savings Bank Bonus Round triggers when you land 3 scatters, and it too comes with 10 free spins for starters. Every win amount is copied and stored in a vault, and the Dice symbol multiplies the Vault Prize randomly by x2 to x12. Landing the Police Badge means you’ll have to bribe the cops with 10 to 50 % of the Vault value, and you win the Vault Prize only if you land the dollar sign symbol.

The Bonus Buy feature is available in some jurisdictions, but not in the UK for sure, and you can thus purchase all 3 bonus rounds for 80x, 200x or 300x your stake, respectively.

The 200 Spins The Bowery Boys Slot Experience

You get a decent taste of the base game, before we purchase the Strongbox Storage bonus round at 1:35 into the 7-minute highlights video. We buy the 2 next bonus rounds in chronological order after the first one has played out, and you can check it all out by hitting the play button below.

Review Summary

Hacksaw clearly has no intention of “typecasting” themselves as a cheerful fruit and veggie slot developer, and taking a page from NoLimit City is wise in that regard. The grim atmosphere of Hell’s Kitchen in the early 19th century has been captured well in The Bowery Boys, and we hope to see more of this side of Hacksaw in the future. This is a high quality production through and through, and it could easily sail up as their biggest hit release so far.

The base game features may not come along all that often, but they can be as deadly as the Bowery neighborhood gangs when they do. All 3 bonus rounds are highly entertaining character-driven thrill rides, complete with character-specific big win animations. The bonus buy price of each of them should tell you something about how often they trigger, as well as what you can expect in terms of returns, but the 10,000x win cap can be cracked in all stages of the game.

If you love The Bowery Boys Slot you should also try:

Peaky Blinders - is the first ever branded effort from Pragmatic Play, and it is, of course, based on the popular British drama series by the same name. It comes with a similar menacing vibe as the game at hand, and you’ll benefit from symbol cash collection and sticky symbols respins with transformations. Either of the features trigger more often in the bonus round, and you can win up to 2,022x your stake.

Wanted Dead or a Wild - is the only other Hacksaw release that can compete in terms of atmosphere, and this wild west installment has been a smash hit for the developer. You’ll benefit from expanding VS multiplier wilds, and there are 3 bonus rounds to look forward to as well. These come with unique modifiers, and the max win is a solid 12,500x your stake.

True Grit Redemption - comes with a big win story that’s bleak even for NoLimit City, and it involves a Greta Thunberg lookalike being tortured and eaten by wolves. The main character looks even more like Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting than the Bowery Boy in this game, and this is a tense experience with a record-breaking 1 in 800 chance at hitting the 20,220x win cap in the top-tier bonus round.


The Bowery Boys Slot FAQs

What is the Return to Player of The Bowery Boys?

The top-tier 96.41 % RTP is above average, but keep in mind that this release comes with customizable RTP ranges.

How volatile is The Bowery Boys?

This is a high volatility release from Hacksaw, and you can expect a bumpy ride for sure.

What is the biggest win possible?

You can win up to 10,000x your stake in all stages of the game.

How does the Strongbox and Blasting Bomb Multipliers work?

Landing a Strongbox together with a key on the same spin awards a pending prize up to 250x your stake, and blasting multiplier bombs may land to boost the pending prize by up to x100.

Is there a free spins mode in The Bowery Boys?

Yes, you get 3 different bonus rounds that come with 10 free spins each for starters, and they all come with a unique twist to the base game features.

Can I play The Bowery Boys Slot for free?

Yes, you can test the free The Bowery Boys demo game at the very top of this page (UK players must verify age first).

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