Of all the biggest names in the history of the Old West, Deadwood has to stand out as one of the most infamous of all. A fast living mining boom town in the foothills of the gold-rich Black Hills, and on the fringes of the American frontier, it represents everything good, bad and ugly about the pioneering spirit of those wild, free days. For slot players, this pokie version of the Deadwood legend is a chance to capture some of that spirit and pocket a load of cash too. But beware! Will you strike it lucky or do you have a date with the hangman’s noose? Let’s find out in our Deadwood slot game review.
NoLimit City have a track record of delivering exceptional titles, and Deadwood is another hit for the developer. It’s a real feast for the senses with constant action as you play, with the sepia toned boardwalk of Deadwood dusted by a constant shower of orange sparks in the background. The symbols are fairly standard Wild West fare: Six shooters, gold bars, shotguns, safes, shots of liquor, bags of money and the standard 9 – A in that classic Old West font, but the real fun is in the presentation. A rousing Wild West score is combined with constant sound effects and animations as symbols flash and glow, bullets smash through the screen and coins rain from the sky. It’s really hard not to get caught up in the excitement, and you’ll feel like you’re right there in the thick of it!
At first glance you can see that the Deadwood slot game is slightly different thanks to an unusual 3,4,4,4,3 arrangement of rows along its five reels, granting you a whopping 573 ways to win that you can bet £/$/€100 per spin on. This means you’ll win frequently, and you’ll get the joy of the chaos unfolding around you as combos form, bullets fly and coins pile up when the different game modes activate. The downside is that your top wins are actually pretty low, with a maximum prize in the main game of just 3.75x your stake. This means the RTP is only just above average at 95.08%. Just like the real Deadwood, it’s a harsh mistress that can reward and ruin you at each turn.
Thankfully there are a few bonus features to boost your chances a bit, including a couple of in-game features like the hunter wild, a stacked wild of a desperado that can take over whole reels. This also comes with the benefit of the xNudge feature, so when it lands partially off screen it will nudge fully on-screen, granting you a multiplier of 1x with each nudge it takes. Alongside this, landing three sheriff badges activates the shoot out feature, where the low value symbols on the reels turn into wilds.
On top of these passive bonuses are two free spins modes: Hunter and Gunslinger. Land three or more bison skulls to choose between these modes, with the former guaranteeing you at least one Hunter wild while the latter doesn’t guarantee any wilds, but if you do land multiple wilds the multiplier nudge counter never resets and can stretch to infinity. Land three Sheriff stars in either of these games and you’ll also get to play the shoot out feature mentioned above at the same time, which is a stack of bonuses active at once.
The promise of Deadwood meant that there was a fortune on offer, for anyone tough and lucky enough to strike gold out in those barren hills, and that’s just what you get in this pokie. There are slim pickings among the sound and fury of the main game, but all it takes is a decent run into the bonuses and there’s an absolute fortune to be made on the big, stacking bonus rounds.