Western Gold Video Slot
Western Gold is a 5-reel, 4-row video slot from the creative developers at Just For The Win. The Wild Western themed slot features 40 paylines with winning combinations required to start on the first reel. To form a winner, you will need to match at least 3 symbols from left to right across a payline. Mind you, the high value symbols only require two to land to pay out a small reward. In addition, the slot offers major cash prizes and free spins.
The slot’s Wild West theme is realized though desert canyons in the background and an atmospheric blues soundtrack. As you can see in the video below, the graphics are crisp and easy on the eye. Western Gold is also fully compatible with mobile devices and the presentation looks fantastic on smaller screens as well.
On the reels themselves, you can expect to come across cowboy boots, cowboy hats, pistols and bullwhips as the lower value symbols. The higher value symbols include a single BAR, double BAR and triple BAR. The treble BAR is the most rewarding symbol in the slot, paying up to 30x your stake for landing 5 across a payline. The BAR symbols will only require matches on reels 1 and 2 across a payline to pay the smallest reward - 0.3x your stake in case of the treble bar.
Western Gold has a gold W symbol that is wild. The wild substitutes for all standard symbols to help form winning combinations. In addition, the wild also pays out just the same as the treble BAR. It is one of three special symbols in Western Gold. You can also land horseshoe scatters. The scatters are used to trigger cash prizes. Essentially, the more horseshoe scatters you land, the bigger cash prize you will claim. The other special symbol is the sheriff’s badge, that will launch the second bonus feature, the free spins round.
Once you are ready to play Western Gold for some loot, you need to set your stake. The betting ranges from a minimum of €/£0.10 to a maximum of €/£40 per spin. You will be able to adjust your stake by using sliders found at the bottom left-hand side of your screen. In addition, you can also choose to play with autospins, with between 10 and 100 available.
Western Gold is all about two separate bonus features. Namely, the Cash Prize and Free Spins bonus round. The Cash Prize is triggered by landing as many horseshoe scatter symbols as you possibly can in a single spin. The more scatter symbols you see, the bigger the cash prize will be. They pay out as follows:
- 4 horseshoe scatters: 1x stake
- 5 horseshoe scatters: 5x stake
- 6 horseshoe scatters: 15x stake
- 7 horseshoe scatters: 25x stake
- 8 horseshoe scatters: 50x stake
- 9 horseshoe scatters: 100x stake
- 10 horseshoe scatters: 250x stake
- 11 horseshoe scatters: 1,000x stake
- 12 horseshoe scatters: 10,000x stake
As you can see, landing 12 horseshoe scatters on a single spin will pay out a whopping 10,000x your stake, which is Western Gold’s top payout.
The other bonus feature in Western Gold is also triggered by special symbols. The sheriff’s badge symbol will only land on reels 2, 3 and 4 in the base game. When it falls on all three in a single spin, the free spins bonus round begins.
The round is based upon the popular Hold & Spin mechanic. At the start of the bonus round, you will only have 3 free spins. However, you can earn more by landing horseshoe scatters. Every time you land a horseshoe scatter, the number of free spins will reset to 3. Thus, the more scatters you land, the more free spins you will play with and the bigger cash prize you will receive. The goal here is to try and collect the maximum of 12 scatters. If you can do so, at the end of the free spins round, you will win 10,000x your stake. Essentially, the free spins bonus round makes it easier to hit the huge prizes offered by the scatter and you won’t have to pay for the chance to do so.
Western Gold has an RTP of 96.12% which is slightly better than your average slot. In addition, this is a relatively high variance slot that has a hit frequency of 38.98%. Technically, that means just over a third of spins you play result in a win.
If you enjoy playing simple slots with high volatility action, you are going to love Western Gold. The slot from Just For The Win is an easy to learn game that looks fantastic. In addition, the maximum prize of 10,000x your stake is a great payout and it can be won both in the base game and free spins. Furthermore, there is an impressive top standard payout of 1,200x your stake for landing 5 treble BAR symbols or golden W wilds ensuring that there is excitement with every spin.
Why not saddle up and ride into town? The gold rush may be history, but spinning the reels of Western Gold opens up the chance of a future filled with winnings.