Western Jack Slot
German slot developer Gamomat has plumped for a Wild West theme for their first release of 2020, Western Jack. A popular theme, the Wild West has spawned such winners as Dead or Alive 2, Money Train, and Tombstone (among others) over the past year, will Western Jack join that list?
Anyone familiar with Gamomat titles will already have a good idea of what to expect; an average looking 5x3 slot with no frills, a handful of paylines, and one straightforward bonus game. It will come as no surprise that the German developer started life developing for land-based outlets, arcades and casinos. Land-based casino gamblers prefer a more simple, functional slot than the average online punter, and Gamomat are happy to oblige. Gamomat know exactly what they’re doing, and their slots will always appeal to a certain demographic – just don’t go expecting state of the art animations, ingenious special features, or risky innovations.
As suggested, Western Jack plays on a 5x3 reel set, has 10 fixed paylines and provides a standard RTP of 96.01%. The big wins are likely to come from the game’s bonus game, a free spins round with sticky wilds. The biggest win possible from a single spin is 1000x the bet size.
You can play Western Jack at participating casinos from €1 to €100 per spin
Design & Symbols
As is the Gamomat way, the vast majority of the screen is covered by a standard 5x3 reel set, a pleasant enough affair with a stylish wooden frame, and beading separating the reels. The background depicts a typical Wild West town thoroughfare with wood-framed buildings on either side of the baked dry street. Ale barrows and cartwheels lean against the upright building supports. A typical western soundtrack accompanies play. The background is static and bereft of animation, but as Gamomat games go, the images are well designed, and the game doesn’t look too bad.
Low-value symbols are the standard royals 10-A. High-value symbols are a poker hand, whiskey bottle, duelling pistols, a bag of gold coins, and a gun-toting cowgirl. The cowgirl is the highest paying regular symbol, awarding 50x the bet size for a full payline. The cowgirl is also the only symbol to appear stacked on the reels. The wild is the sheriff and is also the highest valued symbol of all with a full line paying 100x the bet size. The scatter is the sheriff’s badge which appears on reels 1, 3, and 5.
- Free Spins with Sticky Wilds
- Gamble Feature
Free Spins with Sticky Wilds
Western Jack’s only feature is a scatter triggered free spins round. 3 scatters awards 10 free spins with sticky wilds throughout the bonus round. There is no way to retrigger free spins.
Any win can be gambled using the standard card or ladder gamble options available to Gamomat games. Correctly guess the colour of the next card out of an animated pack to double your winnings or guess the suit to quadruple the win. The chances of winning the match the size of the potential win. The other option is to gamble up the ladder manually. Smaller wins can be gambled up to €150 and bigger wins can be gambled into the tens of thousands.
Our Thoughts on Western Jack
This is another no-nonsense, straight-up, grinder of a release from Gamomat. It won’t thrill or surprise and it’s not a feast on the eyes, but it will no doubt appear to a small but loyal fan of old school land-based slots.
Judging it against other online releases from this provider Western Jack is a pretty solid game. It looks decent and has a relatively enjoyable free spins round. I’m always a sucker for a bonus game with sticky wilds, and I managed to take down some pretty decent scores playing it. It’s a shame there is no way to retrigger the bonus and that the max payout per spin is only 1,000x, but as these sorts of games go, there are definitely a lot worse out there.