Mustang Gold by Pragmatic Play released on 19.01.2019 is a 5-reel & 3-row online slot with 25 paylines and a 96.53% RTP. This is a cowboy-themed game offering players a max win of up to 12000x their stake. Mustang Gold can be played on all devices from €0.25 to €125 per spin and is considered a medium volatility game.
Design and Symbols
You know what to expect with a Wild West slot and Pragmatic Play deliver as you would expect them to. The background shows an arid canyon baking in the searing sun, with the sky above a lovely hazy mixture of oranges, reds, purples and blues. In the forefront stands the front of a wooden porch with a lasso over one fence post and a rancher’s hat over the other. The hat and the lasso both sway gently in the breeze as the clouds and the occasional bird pass by overhear. The game board has a wooden frame with engraved silver edges, and the symbols sit on a dark blue background.
The low-value symbols are J-A with the higher value symbols taking the form of a cowgirl, a cowboy, a black horse, and the white horse. Land 5 white horses on a pay line to receive a 20x bet size win. The wild symbol is the Mustang Gold logo and is the only symbol which can appear stacked on the reels, and the scatter symbol is a burning cowboy campfire. There are also two symbols which come into play for the Money Collect feature (more of which later), and they are a golden horseshoe and a golden sheriff’s badge.
The Money Collect feature can occur both in the base game and in the free spins round, and this feature is also necessary to trigger the jackpot feature. Mustang Gold also benefits from an excellent free spins round.
At any time during spins one or more horseshoes may appear as symbols on the reels and each will have a monetary value assigned to it. To collect the cash in the horseshoes you must also land a sheriff’s “collect” badge. Horseshoes only land on reels 1, 2, 3, and 4 while the badge can only land on reel 5. Unless these symbols land on the same spin there is no win to be had. If activated the badge fires golden shots at the horseshoes and the cash sums they represent are added to the win-o-meter above the game board.
Ever so occasionally rather than showing a cash value, a horseshoe will come with the word ‘Jackpot’. If combined with a badge on reel 5 you’ll be taken to the Jackpot Reveal Bonus Game. There are four jackpots in total, their amounts show above the main game board at all times. The “MINI” is worth 50x bet size, the “MINOR” is worth 100x bet size, the “MAJOR” is worth 200x the bet size and the “GRAND” is worth 1,000x bet size. In the Jackpot Reveal game you are presented with a 3x4 board full of horseshoes which, when ‘revealed’ will show either Mini, Minor, Major, or Grand. The Jackpot is decided as soon as you collect three of the same value.
If you land 3 fire scatters on reels 2, 3, and 4 then you will be awarded 8 free spins. During the spins, you will benefit from “Enhanced Reels” which basically means that there will be more occurrences of the horseshoes and badges thus increasing the likelihood of substantial Money Collect wins. If you land 3 more scatters on any one spin during the round then you will receive 8 more respins. Respins can be re-triggered with no limits.
Our Thoughts on Mustang Gold
I have to say that when I first saw Mustang Gold I let out a little groan, having reviewed more than my fair share of Wild West slots of late. However, I was determined not to judge a book by its cover, and in fact, its cover wasn’t too bad with some strong emotive graphics and a decent (if not spectacular) design. The regulation Wild West background music is also in full effect with the occasional whistle in the background along with plenty of countrified guitars.
For a relatively high variance slot, I was impressed with the playability, and both features seemed to pay handsomely. You won’t find anything particularly new or innovative with Mustang Gold, but like your trusty steed, she won’t let you down if you fancy a good ride.