Ruff Heist

by Play'n GO

If there was one way to make crime seem in any way acceptable, then replacing human criminals with animals would be it. The Dog Collectors in Ruff Heist can score you a haul of valuable Diamond Cash symbols and potentially produce up to 5,000x as a max win. Plus, a Big Bass-style Free Spins Bonus will ramp the action up a notch with a little added extra waiting in the vault for some lucky players.

Slot information

RTP: 96.19%
Volatility: High
Max Payout: 5,000x stake
Reels: 5
Paylines: 10
Jackpot: No
Min Bet: 0.10
Max Bet: 50.00
Themes: Animal, Crime
Release Date: 19th Oct 2023

Our rating

“ Dogs on a punk rocker crime spree! ”

3.7 out of 5

Win potential

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Ruff Heist Features

Lady Luck will need to be on your side with only 10 pay lines to contend with in this game. The lowest payers are made up of 10 through Ace while the 5 picture symbols get you the best wins. The most valuable of all is the Fabergé egg, with only 2 of them being required on a win line starting from the leftmost reel. While this will only get you 0.5x your bet, 5 of them in a row will score a fabulous 200x.

There are also 3 Dog Collector symbols, Diamond Cash symbols and a Bonus symbol to watch out for. Dog Collectors will only land on the 5th reel in the base game, but they can appear anywhere throughout the Free Spins Bonus. These symbols ultimately collect the value of any Diamond Cash symbols but some are more impressive than others. The Badge Collector symbol will simply collect the Diamond Cash values while T-Bone upgrades these values before collecting. Archie is the most potent with a Diamond Cash upgrade before collecting and this can repeat up to 5 times.

Bonus game

You're Free Spins Bonus can be accessed with the help of 3, 4 or 5 Scatter symbols. This will land you up to 20 spins and you also get a Dog Collector trail. When 4 Dog Collectors land, the next one gets upgraded and an extra 10 free spins are awarded. This may remind some of you of the fan-favourite Big Bass Bonanza.

Watch out for the Cash Vault at the end of the trail—it receives up to x10 prizes with each spin. Making it to this final place on the trail allows you to collect anything stashed inside.

Ruff Heist - Dog Collector & Diamond Cash

Dog Collector & Diamond Cash

Dog Collectors come in 3 forms—Badge, T-Bone and Archie—and will collect Diamond Cash symbols, upgrade their values before collecting or upgrade their values and collect up to 5 times in that order.

Ruff Heist - Free Spins Bonus

Free Spins Bonus

3, 4 or 5 Scatters get you 10, 15 or 20 free spins respectively. Dog Collectors get upgraded as they move 4 places along the trail and 10 extra spins are added.

Ruff Heist - Cash Vault

Cash Vault

Each free spin gets a random cash prize added to the Cash Vault and when you complete the Dog Collector Trail, this total figure is awarded.

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Ruff Heist Review

It is hard to explain but if you try and Imagine a canine version of the Italian Job set in a van throughout the wet streets of London, then you'll get a good feel for what's ahead. Ruff Heist manages to mask the criminal stigma by using fluffy characters to dampen things down a bit.


In order to achieve the above-mentioned look and feel, the developer has gone with a pimped-out van that rides along while blaring punk music through these drizzly streets. I'm not sure if a band was hired to create the soundtrack or if some clever bod managed to deliver the goods on their computer over a Play’n GO, but the result is fantastic either way.


Having only 10 winlines can make the base game feel a little restrictive and this only gets a little bit better in the Free Spins Bonus with Dog Collector symbols having the freedom to turn up wherever they like. And it is these symbols that produce the magic and get the action moving along. The biggest prizes will come with the upgraded Collector symbols and if you can make it to the end of the Dog Collector Trail during the bonus game, there is no telling how big that additional payout could be.

Win Potential

The volatility setting for Ruff Heist is 8/10 and this will have an effect on your balance as you play. Smaller wins will be hard to find and this is only compacted by the shortage of win lines as well. 5,000x is the top payout, so hope and pray for those upgraded Dog Collector Symbols.

My Verdict

A lot of effort went into the production value of Ruff Heist but the game itself didn't quite live up to its own self-produced hype. I wanted more, but I didn't quite get it. The Dog Collector symbols can produce some fantastic results though, so if you venture out into these crime-laden streets at the right time, then who knows what might be hiding in this vault.

Paul Clare
Reviewed by Paul Clare Last updated on

Paul spent plenty of time in arcades up and down the UK discovering all of the best fruit machines and watching them grow into the incredible online slots we see today. He still loves the basic format but also has a soft spot for games with big bonus rounds that progress as you play. Immortal Romance is one of his favourite slots of all time.

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