The Wild West theme has featured in quite a number of games from different developers. Especially for slot games; gamblers and developers have fallen in love with the theme, which has made some of the Wild West-themed games popular in the gambling community. Below is a selection of five of the best to ever grace the gaming scene.
1. Texas Tea Slots
Texas Tea Slot machine is a true reminiscent machine that takes us back to the lawless era of the Wild West. This slot machine by International Gaming Technologies features in both brick and mortar casinos and online casinos; a true testament to the greatness that it bears. Texas Tea slot machines have recently hit the internet with people offering to sell the used machines as memorabilia.
Texas Tea is a five reel slot machine with nine paylines. The theme of this game is centered on the emerging oil barons of the Old West and tumultuous times that haunted the period. The reels are decorated with colorful cartoon images on a background that appears to be two wooden oil rigs. Wooden and golden accents complete a fun looking display of graphics.
All symbols on the reels pay tribute to the Wild West and include a cactus, a longhorn steer, an armadillo, machine, a yellow rose, a Cadillac, globe mallow, a Bluebonnet and the Logo of Texas. This game has two scatter icons namely the oil derrick and the Texas Ted. If four or more scatter icons occur on the reels, the scatters act like wilds and increase the chances of completing winning combinations.
Texas Tea is best known for its bonus features, which are activated by a successive occurrence of either scatter icons for a specific number of times. The Oil Dividend bonus feature is triggered when 4 or more Texas Ted icons occur on the reels. In the feature, Texas Ted writes a check which will be multiplied by the triggering bet. The Big Oil Derrick is activated when 4 or more derrick symbols align on an active payline.
The maximum jackpot payout for this set is 10,000 credits and can be attained by aligning 5 of a kind Texas Tea Icons.
Play Texas Tea slot provided by IGT for free or for real money at your favorite online casino. Wagers can be placed on this slot machine in coin values starting from 5 cents to 5 dollars. Pounds and Euros are also accepted to place real money bets.
2. Dead or Alive Slots
This NetEnt game is a dead ringer for the Wild West. Set in a Western-style salon, this five reel slot gives you chills by the sheer nature of its graphics. The background features a stormy dark sky with streaks of lightning. A similarly chilling soundtrack of a repeated whistle, rain and thunderstorm paint a brutal picture of the Wild West. Dead or Alive has nine paylines and features a number of jackpots that can be won playing bonus features or the main game.
A cowboy hat, cowboy boots, two shot glasses, a gun in its sheath, and a sheriff’s badge make up the list of high-value symbols. The traditional card symbols denote Low-value symbols J, K, A, and Q but in a Western-style font.
The wild is denoted by a “Wanted” poster and can substitute any symbol except for the scatter. In the free spins bonus feature, the wild symbol becomes a sticky wild.
Dead or Alive only has one bonus feature, free spins, which can be accessed by hitting three or more crossed pistol symbols. The player is awarded 12 free spins and an additional x2 multiplier.
3. Fortune Finder Slots
Fortune Finder is all about finding the gold in the Wild West. This five reel, 30 payline slot is the brainchild of reputed developer Microgaming. In this game, you will find pickaxes, gold panners, dynamite, and golden nuggets, all aligned to the characteristic Wild West gold mining theme.
What stands out the most in this slot game is its wild feature. Microgaming pioneered a revolution by allowing players to pick their own wild symbol from three options; a diamond, ruby, or gold. The trick is to pick whichever symbol you think appears more frequently on the reels in order to enhance your chances of getting a winning combination.
4. Western Wildness Slots
Another Wild West classic, Western Wilderness is one of few games to offer Expanding Wilds. Spotting five reels and twenty paylines, this slot game is developed by provider Rival. Unique to this game is a movie like an introduction that showcases the main characters of the game, the cowgirl and the cowboy, blowing on their smoking guns and a masked villain contorting in agony. The intro is backed by an intense soundtrack that foreshadows an impending battle.
5. The Good The Bad and The Ugly Slots
This one is a double whammy for mementos as it is based the classic 1960s film with the same name and also themed around the Wild West. Like number 4 above, this game also begins with not one, but two break-outs. Like its name, the games comprise of 3 progressive prizes which increase each time the player hits a good, bad, or ugly symbol. A “Graveyard Shootout” bonus presents the player with a chance to win two pots of loot.
It Has Been a Wild Ride
It has truly been a wild ride playing Wild West themed games. It is a good thing then that the ride is not over yet. The Western theme is still being used to develop new and even better games. Players can expect fresh and action-packed titles with this theme to be developed now and even the near future.
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