The Old West is often a romantic setting for slot games. We couldn’t wait to try this great looking slot by NetEnt simply titled Wild West. Set in a saloon on the American frontier this slot doesn’t miss out any stereotypes, from good time girls to six guns and shots of whisky, but is there gold in them there hills or will you meet your High Noon? Let’s take a look in our Wild West slot game review.
Your Wild West adventure starts, as so many often do, in the local saloon. The background to the reels is a traditional wooden drinking and dancing house complete with wagon wheel chandeliers and a view of the main street outside, while the reels themselves are populated by all manner of traditional Western icons: Cowboy boots, shots of liquor, a deck of cards and the exterior of the saloon are examples of the low paying symbols, while the card playing woman, the card playing horse and the sack of cash make up the higher paying symbols. Every symbol is unique, which is a nice touch, while there’s a little animation as well to keep the slot feeling alive.
There’s nothing out of the ordinary about the layout in Wild West, which has five reels and three rows as well as ten pay lines, though the maximum bet is unusually high at £/$/€500 per spin which allows you to take full advantage of your wins. The payouts are middling, with the card playing woman topping out the tree at 1000x your stake, though it drops off quite quickly, with the horse paying just 250x your stake for five at number two. This is a pokie that saves its best wins for the bonus rounds, so don’t be too disheartened, and the average RTP of 95.9% demonstrates that there is definitely money to be made here!
As well as being generous, the bonuses in Wild West are also interesting. For a start they’re really easy to activate because the cowboy symbol acts as a scatter and a wild, and all you need to do is land the cowboy as part of another combo. This gives you five free spins and activates the stack of chips scatter, and whenever that stack of chips lands on the reels you’ll win a prize to the value of the combo that activated the spins in the first place. It’s a simple idea but the fact it’s easy to trigger makes it great fun, you can even trigger it again within the free spins, and if the new combo is worth more than the old one then the game will pay the new amount!
If that game doesn’t get the blood pumping then there are a couple more extras to look out for: Super Bet allows you to add 5x to your stake in exchange for a 5x multiplier on your wins, while the gamble feature lets you bet any win on the colour or suit of the next card to double or quadruple it.
Wild West hits all the right notes for a Western themed slot, looking the part and providing some great opportunities to win top prizes. What it does best of all though is capture that risky frontier spirit by allowing you the chance to bet it all on the next card, or raise your stakes to the max!