Strap on your six-iron and head out to the Old West with Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist™, the pioneering video slot by NetEnt that has dragged online casino games into a brave new world of high-adrenaline adventure. It’s a classic comic-book style caper featuring four desperadoes – a scarred boy, a muscle-bound thug, a one-eyed old-timer and a sultry senorita with a dangerous look in her eye – who gang up to rob the Number 7 train.
The set-up is 5 reels, 3 rows, and 10 fixed paylines plus Free Spins, four Wilds and a Bonus round. Bets range from 0.10 to 100. The lowest stake pays out x8 and the highest five-of-a-kind pays out x50, with a stated Return To Player of 96.74%. The highest single line pays x50. It’s a medium-variance game that delivers action and entertainment by the bucket.
The base game is as simple as spinning the reels and hoping that a winning combination of at least three matching symbols lands on a payline. The high-value symbols are the four train robbers paying from x200 to x500 for the female character.
The low-value symbols are playing cards – a Western-themed set of club, heart, spade and diamond, like the cards in your hand if you were a cardsharp in a Western saloon rather than in an Vegas online casino game. Scatters come in the form of yellow 7s. Safe symbols landing on reels 1, 3 and 5 deliver a special bonus. There is a regular Wild in the base game and three other Wilds in the bonus round.
The bonus round fires up when a 3, 4 or 5 Scatter lands anywhere on the screen for 10, 20 or 30 free spins and the Wild Selector Wheel appears. Click on “Stop” to randomly select which wild – Regular, Expanding, X2 Multiplier or Spreading – will be active throughout the Free Spins. An Overlay Wild randomly appears on the first three reels on every spin throughout the feature. The Wilds each have their own win value for the same reward as the highest-value character symbol. If you managed to select an Expanding Wild and you have a Wild on all reels, you can get the maximum x500 payout.
If you hit three Safe symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5, the Pick and Click bonus feature comes into play, offering a potential pay stake of x 5 – x 50. Pick a safe to reveal the prize!
Let it be emphasised that this superbly crafted slice of entertainment represents the cutting edge of online casino gaming in terms of production values. Premium game designer NetEnt have pulled out all the stops to deliver the most immersive state-of-the-art gameplay imaginable. Forget about the slots of old, the cheesy one-armed bandits – this superbly detailed Western theme has a strong millennial appeal, with its unbeatable combination of comic-book style entrance script, bonus round animations and win sequences drawn reminiscent of video games like Call of Juarez or the block-buster Red Dead Redemption series.
Even the Spin button is the form of a six-shooter gun barrel that gives an effect of Russian roulette every time the reels spin. The base game music is replete with slide guitars, whip-cracks and mariachi brass, while the bonus rounds have an epic Western soundtrack feel. All in all, it’s a thoroughly immersive game that does great credit to NetEnt’s game designers. Of course, like all of NetEnt’s finely crafted products, Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist™ is compatible with all devices and platforms.