Wild West Gold by Pragmatic Play released on 26.03.2020 is a 5-reel & 4-row online slot with 40 paylines and a 96.51% RTP. This is a wild west-themed game offering players a max win of up to 10000x their stake. Wild West Gold can be played on all devices from €0.2 to €100 per spin and is considered a high volatility game.
Design & Symbols
There’s no mistaking that Pragmatic have taken considerably inspiration from NetEnt’s classic Dead or Alive slots. The familiar wooden framed gameboard on a raised wooden platform is evident, it even has the swinging gas lanterns swinging off each end of the crossbeam. Also somewhat familiar is the Wild West town in the backdrop with wooden saloons, and stores either side of a dusty thoroughfare, and the odd cartwheel leaning against a wooden post. The soundtrack is a little more upbeat than Dead or Alive, with plenty of saloon bar piano and a few fiddles. You can also make out the sounds of glasses clinking and drinkers sharing stories in the background.
Low value symbols are the standard royal playing card values 10-A. Mid value symbols are a gun in a holster, sacks of gold coins, and a saloon girl with a stiletto blade. High value symbols are female and male outlaws, and a John Wayne looking Sheriff. The Sheriff is the most valuable regular symbols with 5 on a payline worth 20x the stake. Wilds are Sheriff’s badges which appear on reels 2, 3, and 4, and come with win multipliers or 2x, 3x, or 5x. The scatter is a scene of the town at sunrise and appears on reels 1, 3, and 5. There is also a scatter overlay symbol, a small, round, golden Sheriff’s badge which only appears during free spins.
- Wild Multipliers
- Free Spins with Sticky Wild Multipliers
Landing on reels 2, 3, and 4, wild multipliers feature in all this slot's biggest wins. Random win multipliers of 2x, 3x, or 5x are applied to the wilds in both the base and bonus game. The multipliers of all wilds are added together in the event that more than one forms part of a win.
Free Spins with Sticky Wild Multipliers
3 scatters award 8 free spins. Wild Multipliers are sticky throughout the free spins round. Also, a new symbol comes into play during free spins, the aforementioned ‘Scatter Overlay’. The small, round symbols appear at the top left of symbols. If 2 or more symbols land during a free spin, further free spins are awarded. The number of spins awarded are as follows.
- 2 scatter overlays = 4 more free spins
- 3 scatter overlays = 8 more free spins
- 4 scatter overlays = 12 more free spins
- 5 scatter overlays = 20 more free spins
If your free spins win is <10x the bet size, a prize of 10x bet size is awarded.
Our Thoughts on Wild West Gold
Wild West Gold is a solid release from Pragmatic Play, there are no arguments there. However, the fact that it borrows so heavily both looks wise and feature wise from Dead or Alive detracts somewhat from its overall impact. Oddly enough, much of the game is actually cloned, not from the NetEnt favourite, but from one of Pragmatic’s own games, last year’s The Dog House. Both slots have multiplier wilds on reels 2-4 which go sticky during the bonus round, both play on a 5x4 reel set, and both are highly volatile with an RTP of 96.51%.
Wild West Gold definitely comes with enough juice to pump out some very big wins. However, it can be a mighty struggle to reach the hallowed grounds of the bonus round, and on occasion those win multipliers can fail to show – and that’s a crushing blow. Still, if Pragmatic are looking to attract Dead or Alive and Dead or Alive 2 fans then they will be well aware that these folks are prepared for a long stakeout.
Although I didn’t come across it during the demo I played, I have noticed that in some jurisdictions that Wild West Gold comes with a bonus buy option which costs 100x the bet size. I’m not sure if the RTP is higher in this instance but from experience 100x is a reasonable price
This is a decent approximation of a highly volatile Wild West slot, which I’m assuming was Pragmatic’s goal here, but something a little more original would have been nice.