Tie up your horse and head to the saloon for some stiff liquor and a game of poker in Wild West, a classic cowboy-themed slot from NextGen Gaming. This 5 reel, 10 payline title comes with an unorthodox free spins feature and the Super Bet feature which can boost your winnings with a 5x multiplier. Stakes start at 10p per spin, rising to £100 per spin for the high rollers.
The visuals on show in Wild West are excellent. Look out for 3D images on the reels that include card show, cowboy boots, bottles of liquor, poker chips and a pile of cash, a saloon bar, a horse and a drinking gal. The action plays out against a saloon bar setting complete with a country and western style soundtrack. Very impressive it all is too.
You’ll notice a big bottle of hooch to the right of the reels. Pay close attention to this if you want to opt for the Super Bet feature. This is an extra wager which boosts the payouts of any wins that include the wild symbol (the cowboy). Play the 10 paylines and pay an extra 10 coins and all wild wins will be doubled. Play the standard 10 paylines and an extra 40 coins and all wild wins are boosted by a 5x multiplier.
The cowboy wild won’t just boost your wins (if you’ve opted for the Super Bet), it will also trigger the Free Game feature. You’ll be awarded 5 free spins every time the cowboy appears in a winning payline. During the free spins, a chipstack is added to the reels. Every time the chips hit you’ll be awarded a cash prize equal to the wild cowboy combination that activated the feature.
More free spins are available whenever the cowboy wild hits during the bonus, adding an extra 5 games. The chipstack value is reset after each re-spin trigger. There is also a standard gamble feature offering double and quadruple payouts if you guess the colour and suit of a card.
As good as the base game look, it’s unlikely to make you rich. Where Wild West really comes into its own is via the bonus feature. Yes, it can be expensive paying the full Super Bet but the 5x multipliers make it well worth taking a chance.
The bonus rounds hit regularly and offer plenty of opportunities to bag a win. Find the stacked chipstacks on multiple reels, complete with the big multiplier and it’s possible to make off with a haul of coins that would make Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid blush! I found it a medium variance game but nothing spectacular. Theme wise, Dead or Alive by Net Entertainment is very volatile and one of my favourites.