The Wild West has built up an almost legendary status in the last century.
Movies and TV series featuring cowboys sauntering into towns, the swinging doors of saloons, gold prospectors plying their trade and legendary card games are all commonplace and continue to appear to this day. The Wild West pokie from NextGen Gaming takes a lighthearted, comic view of the time. Three card players act as the central characters – a cigar puffing cowboy, a whiskey drinking saloon girl and a horse (yes, a card playing horse). Cowboy boots, the saloon and bags of cash also appear, completing the comical Wild West theme.
Wild West is an enjoyable Western-themed online pokie machine with an original free spins feature with instant cash wins.
Here are the key features to look out for:
The cowboy symbol acts as the wild in the game and will substitute for any symbol in the base game (and any symbol apart from the chip stack in the feature). This wild appears on reels 3, 4 and 5 only – at first this might seem disappointing, but just wait until you see what this wild symbol does!
Any time you land a win with the cowboy wild, you’ll immediately enter the free spins bonus feature. In the feature you’ll be awarded with just five spins, though these spins can be retriggered at any time by hitting another wild win.
During the free spins bonus, you’ll find an additional symbol added to the reels, in the form of a chip stack. At the start of the feature, you’ll be told how much the chip stack is worth – every time it appears, you’ll win that monetary award. The chip stacks can be stacked on the reels, too, so it’s not unusual to see yourself winning more than one instant prize on any winning spin. This makes for an entertaining and unique feature from NextGen Gaming.
To the right of the reels, you’ll find an empty beer bottle with the ‘Super Bet’ label beneath. The bottle remains empty if you choose not to employ the ‘Super Bet’ option but will fill if you choose either the x2 or x5 option. These choices will increase the cost of the spin by 2x or 5x respectively, but any time you land a win with the wild, the amounts won will also be increased by 2x or 5x. Considering wilds make wins easier to come by, these wild multipliers act as a fantastic win-win situation.
Wild West features the same 5×3 reel configuration found on so many online slots today, with 20 win-lines that pay from left to right. The card playing saloon girl acts as the highest paying symbol in the game, worth 1,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. She is joined by the cheery horse, the saloon, a bag of cash, red cowboy boots, a decanter of whiskey and a card deck in completing the reels.
In real life, the Wild West would have been an incredibly tough place to live, but this pokie takes a much lighter view of the era. The cartoon style design is pleasing on the eye and NextGen Gaming have made the leading characters fun – I hear the horse is quite a hustler. An equally fun Wild West theme tune plays throughout the proceedings, creating a gambling machine with a nice overall atmosphere.
Wild West is an enjoyable and original pokie from NextGen Gaming. The base game follows the pattern of many others, but the game has a highly original way of entering the feature – simply win with the wild symbol. This one win can lead to many in the free spins, where those added chip stacks pay out instant rewards – although the horse might not be happy about you claiming these stacks. The Super Bet Option adds further excitement too – what’s not to like about a 5x multiplier on any wild wins. You’re in the Wild West after all.