ALL ABOUT WILD WEST GOLD SLOT
Cowboys, Indians, grizzly outlaws and righteous sheriffs with gleaming revolvers have been a source of inspiration for many a slot game over the years. Indeed, the Wild West theme has provided the backdrop to one of the most popular high variance slots of all time in NetEnt’s Dead or Alive, and the sequel from 2019, as well as Quickspin’s brilliant Sticky Bandits. Thanks to its association with the gold rush and the glamour of Hollywood, this time and place in history makes the basis for some great video slot narratives full of drama, excitement, and the expectation of a big windfall grabbed from under the noses of your favourite casino.
Pragmatic Play are not shy to borrow from another successful slot – they did just that for their high risk, high potential title Da Vinci’s Treasure, back in 2018, which looked more than a little like Novomatic’s Book of Ra. Now, here they are taking inspiration from NetEnt’s Dead or Alive to cook up another highly volatile slot, though with nothing like the max payout that their rival’s classic offers. The features bear more than a little resemblance too, with free spins and sticky multiplier wilds driving all the action.
GAME SET-UP, SYMBOLS AND GRAPHICS
So the scene is set here in a dusky old Wild West town, with saloon bars and rickety old buildings flanking the reel set which itself is lit up by hanging lanterns. The game takes place on 5 reels, each made up of 3 rows, and with 40 paylines in all to play for. You’ll need to land 3 or more matching symbols to score a win.
Low value symbols here are represented by the cards 10 through to Ace. There is also a pistol and a bag of gold. Premium symbols are made up of two female members of an outlaw crew, and their grizzly male accomplice. The sheriff from the town makes up the last of the top paying icons, with a 20x win for five on a line. The Sheriff’s Badge wild symbols are massively important. They can land on reels 2, 3 and 4 only and they are enhanced by multipliers of 2x, 3x or 5x. These multipliers also combine when more than one is included on the same payline.
Finally, there is also a sunset scatter that is needed to unlock the main feature – the free spins round.
THE IMPORTANT STATS
Remember, Wild West Gold is a highly volatile slot – that means it will pay out infrequently but it has the potential to run massive win sequences, in this case driven by the multipliers, wilds and free spins. The RTP of the game is 96.51% which means that for every £100 you wager on average you will get back £96.51. This is just a theoretical return though and for everyone the experience will be different. Nevertheless, this is a guide and it tells you that Wild West Gold runs on a competitive maths model.
The maximum payout is 6,750x – nothing like the blockbuster jackpot available on Netent’s Dead or Alive, but still a reasonable sum to aim at.
GAMEPLAY AND FEATURES
Everything good that is going to happen in Wild West Gold is going to happen to you in the free spins round. Sure, you may pick up some wins in the base game, but the real thrills come on the back of wilds, free spins and multipliers. To trigger the bonus round you’ll need to land three or more scatters which land only on reels 1, 3 and 5. This gets you 8 free spins.
Sticky Wilds and Extra Spins
During the bonus round Wilds that land on the middle reels (2, 3 and 4) will always stick. Just like in the base game, when you get more than one in a payline then they combine.
And whilst there are no more scatters, but you can earn extra free spins by landing any other symbol that has been enhanced by an overlay of a sheriff’s badge. 2 sheriff’s badges get you 4 spins, 3 gets you 8 spins, 4 gets you 12 spins and 5 gets you 20 spins.
Finally, there is a minimum 10x payout on the free spins round. So if at the end of the round you haven’t won 10x or more, then your winnings will be boosted to this amount automatically.
Wild West Gold Slot is one that high-risk fans looking for a new kick will enjoy – it’s a simple ride with all the fun packed into the bonus round and driven by the sticky multiplier wild mechanic. Some may say this is just a pale imitation of Dead or Alive, a game with much higher potential. Whilst there may be some truth in that, for anyone who has rinsed their bankroll on D or A and it’s follow up too many times, having a new western high variance game to try your luck on is a good thing. As always though, approach with care. Good luck!