Bandida is a steampunk-style, Wild West-themed slot from Leander Games. Played using a 5 reel, 20 payline game engine, it comes with transforming symbols, a free spins round and a potential jackpot prize. Play on all devices from between 20p and £40 per spin.

There’s a slightly futuristic feel to the design in Bandida. It reminded us of the TV series Westworld. With an old saloon and cactus plants in the background, you’ll see lower value A to J royal symbols. More rewarding are the coins, gold bars and red gemstone symbols. All 3 of these award up to 10 times your stake if you land 5 on a payline. The sheriff will get you up to 15 times your stake.

Bandida is the top paying symbol. Find 5 of here in combination and you’ll receive an award of some 20 times your stake. Bandida and the Sheriff can both spin in full stacks and fill the whole of their reel. There’s also a wild that pays up to 25 times your stake per payline. There are some unusual extras on offer in Bandida:

Bandida’s Way feature – this is triggered by landing a full stack of Bandida symbols on reel 1. All of the gold bars, coins and red diamonds all transform into Bandida symbols and a new payout calculation is made.

Criminal Record feature – look out for wanted posters on the reels. Each time 1 hits, it fills a meter at the top of the reels. When Bandida collects enough posters, you’ll pass a milestone and land a feature:

  • After 34 wanted posters, Bandida goes from rookie to pickpocket and triggers the Bandida’s Way feature.
  • After 102 wanted posters, Bandida becomes a robber. The reward here is the Bandida’s Way feature plus a 2x multiplier.
  • After 260 wanted posters, Bandida becomes most wanted and triggers the free spins round. After the free spins are finished, the wanted poster reverts back to 0.

Jailbreak Free Spins Bonus feature – once this round is active, you can look forward to 10 free spins. Bandida is jailed for 10 years. 1 year of her sentence drops with each free spin. She can make an early escape though by collecting 10 bail symbols. Once she’s free, the Bandida’s Way feature is triggered and remains active until all your free spins are complete.

There’s also a progressive jackpot prize which can trigger at random on any spin. Bandida is an unusual take on the classic Wild West theme. The visuals are done comic book style and work well, as does the country soundtrack. The gameplay is slightly unorthodox too. It comes together rather nicely though, especially when you manage to land enough wanted posters to bring the extras into play.

We enjoyed Bandida more than we expected to. If you’re looking for some Wild West adventure with a futuristic twist, then you’ll find that here. I also recommend you try NetEnt’s Dead or Alive as well as NextGen Gaming’s The Wild 3.