Classic western themed online slots like NetEnt's Dead or Alive paved the way for a whole host of games to be created in that genre, and Pragmatic Play have created a masterpiece when it comes to their title Wild West Gold slot machine. Players skip back a few decades as they find themselves out in the old west, with smooth graphics and gameplay awaiting their arrival. There's a neat little soundtrack attached to the slot too, which kind of gives you the impression you're sat in a saloon knocking back a few stiff drinks.
Moving over to the more important side of things, we see the lower value symbols of the paytable are made up of the royal cards 10, J, Q, K, and Ace. The higher paying symbols are the gun holster, bags of coins, 2 female characters, and 2 male characters, with the top cowboy awarding 20x stake for a 5 of a kind win. The wild symbol comes in the form of the sheriffs badge, and this can contain multipliers of either x2, x3, or x5, as well as substituting for all in-game symbols bar the scatter.
Those players who would like to upgrade from the trial play to real money action, can start the reels spinning on Wild West Gold online slot for just €0.20 a spin, with the maximum stake reaching €100. It's certainly worth heading to the information section of the game before you do start playing though, just to check in on the return to player percentage. This is due to multiple RTP values being offered to operators, with lows of 94.53%, and a high of 96.51%.
The base game on Wild West Gold doesn't offer up any random modifiers, but that doesn't mean you can't still get a decent win or two to keep your balance ticking over. Keep a look out for multiplying wilds that can land on reels 2, 3, and 4, these will carry a multiplier value and can help to produce wins, especially when coupled with stacked symbols that are also in abundance within the game.
The free spin bonus on Wild West Gold is triggered through a scatter symbol landing on each of the reels 1, 3, and 5. When this occurs you will be awarded with 8 free spins to begin the bonus round with.
For you to see any success during the bonus you will need the wild multiplier symbols to land in any position on reels 2, 3, and 4. Just as in the base game these will carry a random multiplier value with them, and to make things more interesting once these symbols land they will remain in place for the duration of the bonus.
Pragmatic Play have themselves a tidy little game in the shape of Wild West Gold, and there is undoubtedly potential to be unlocked during the free spin bonus if luck is on your side. This is however a game that is all about the bonus round, so if you like something a little more action packed that includes enhancers and modifiers, then it's likely this game is not going to be for you.