For millions of gamers all over the world, there’s really no theme better than a Wild West theme. Which in turn means that the fact that there are dozens of online slots with exactly this theme is nothing but a good thing! The only question being, where to start?
Today, we’ve decided to put two extremely popular slots under the microscope with the same overall theme – Wild West and Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist. They’re both definitely worth checking out, but do things in an altogether different way…so let’s get started.
First up, we have the legendary developers at NextGen Gaming to thank for Wild West, which takes the classic five-reel setup with 10 paylines to play for and spins which start out from just 10p each. For those looking to increase the ante and play for bigger prizes, spins go up to £100 each and there’s a Super Bet feature, which adds a 5X multiplier to everything you win. That is, if you’re willing to stump up the extra 40 coins to activate the feature.
As you can see, the visuals are great and clearly take a somewhat light-hearted approach to the whole wild west theme. The action takes place in a classic saloon, with all the usual symbols including cowboy boots, an interesting looking horse, guys, gals and drinking apparatus. Unsurprisingly, there’s also a toe-tapping western soundtrack that’s guaranteed to be stuck in your head for days.
To the right of the reels lies a large bottle, which is worth keeping an eye on if you decide to go for the Super Bet option. You’ll have the option of playing the usual 10 paylines with an extra 40 coins on the line to increase wins by 5X, or add an extra 10 coins to increase wins 2X. The wild symbol takes the form of the cowboy and is not only good for lining up winning combinations, but also offers access to the free spins bonus round.
Each time the cowboy wild makes a part of a winning payline, you will be rewarded with five free spins. While the free spins are taking place, a chip-stack makes its way onto the reels. Each time this symbol lands, you will win a cash prize to the value of the cowboy wild comb that got you into the feature in the first place. Every time the cowboy hits during the feature, you’ll get another five free spins added to your tally. What’s more, you can also gamble each time you win a prize, giving you the possibility to double or quadruple your winnings by correctly guessing the colour or the suit of a card.
On the whole, the base game itself is pretty simple and doesn’t exactly bring anything new to the table. Nevertheless, Wild West is genuinely entertaining and lots of fun for a few casual spins here and there. Not only this, but once you find your way into the free spins bonus round, there is every chance of taking home some particularly healthy prizes. It looks great, sounds great and is definitely great for an occasional spin – perhaps not a slot with huge long-term playability though.
Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist
Next up, Net Entertainment released Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist quite some time ago and it still has a pretty impressive following today. It’s the same story of a five-reel slot with 10 paylines to play for, with the same stakes available with spins from 10p up to £100. This time around though, it’s all set up a little more like a comic book and is also a little less light-hearted – menacing-looking characters with guns and knives taking centre stage!
The visuals are great and the story follows four villains looking to pull off a great train heist…hence the title. The female villain is the highest paying symbol during normal play, worth a full 50X your bet if you’re able to line up five in a row. The same payout also applies to the wild symbol, while it’s the safe and the 7 bonus symbols you’ll need to make your way into the bonus features.
The first of these can be accessed by lining up three safe symbols on the first, third and fifth reels at the same time. It’s then a case of picking one of the bonus symbols, which will result in being awarded a prize of anything from 5X to 50X your stake.
But the most enjoyable and rewarding feature of all is the free spins bonus round, which can be accessed by lining up at least three of the 7 bonus symbols in any positions. Three of them will net you 10 free games, four returns you with 20 and if you manage to line up five in a row, that’s a full 30 free spins to play with. There are also four different wild features that apply during the free spins feature, which to a large extent make it almost impossible not to take home a prize of some sort. Even if it isn’t huge, it’s hard to walk away without at least something in your pocket.
Which is where it all comes to an end with Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist, making it a surprisingly simple yet highly enjoyable addition to the collection. Once again, there isn’t a great deal of action to speak of in the base game itself, but it’s more than worth sticking around to experience the bonus features at least once or twice. As a medium-variance game, it is likely to suit most people’s preferences and pockets, though huge wins of more than 500X your stake are always a possibility.