Western narratives are extremely popular with games developers and players alike as they take us back to the cult classics of the ‘60s and ‘70s. But with a name like The Good, The Bad & The Wild, this could have been a take on the original classic itself, which could have generated much more enthusiasm. However, Pariplay chose to reduce it to a generic western-themed game with less than imaginary cast, characters, and symbols.
However, as a western game, the slot has a suitable narrative, with a 19th century town in the background and gun-toting men and women on the reels, complete with the sheriff’s badge and the bank vault. Again, the card royals seem hopelessly out of place, despite the action supposedly taking place in a saloon. But what we really love is the signature tune of the classic western, which sporadically plays out as a re-mix, even if it is the only movie element in the game.
The game has a decent design with authentic period looks. The sheriff, the bandit and two women are the premium symbols of the game and will appear as stacked symbols across several rows or the entire reel. The game is played out a 5 x 4 grid and comes with 40 paylines. The slot benefits from four bonus features, which includes ‘Shooting Wilds’ that appear in the base game. And as the name suggests, wilds are rather plentiful in the game play.
All the wilds are represented by the sheriff’s badge and can substitute all other symbols to help make winning combinations, except the bank vault, which is the game’s scatter. In the base game, you need to land at least three bank vaults to activate one of the bonus features, according to how the wheel turns, when you get there. The game definitely has its good, bad, and wild aspects as all lovers of the western genre will find out.
Just like the Wild West, The Good, The Bad & The Wild is a pretty volatile slot machine. Though the game boasts of a theoretical return to player rate of 96.04%, things can get frustrating in the base game, particularly since the bonus game scatters are elusive to get. The betting window opens at $0.40 and closes at $40.00, which ensures decent wins with a smaller bankroll, provided you’re lucky enough to land profitable win combos.
As usual, the lowest paying symbols are the card royals. The woman in green will pay out 30, 50, and 500 coins for appearing on 3, 4, and 5 reels respectively. The purple clad lady will reward you with 40 to 800 coins if she appears on 3-5 reels. Next is the bandit, the villain of the piece who will give you 50 to 1,000 coins for 3 to 5 of a kind appearances. The sheriff is the most generous character, rewarding you with 70, 140, and 1,500 coins for correspondingly landing on 3, 4, and 5 reels.
However, it is the sheriff’s badge you want to see the most on the reels. The wild not only helps making win combos buy also pays 100, 250 and 2,500 coins for appearing on reels 3, 4, and 5 respectively. The same values apply to the Shooting Wilds as well. The maximum win potential of this slot is 2,500 times your stake, particularly if you can benefit from the multipliers that kick into action in the bonus games and can go as high as 80 times your bet.
In the base game, two pistols can randomly appear on the screen and fire a volley of shots at the reels, which land as the sheriff’s badge wild. As many as 20 shots can be fired on any spin, meaning you get 20 extra wilds on the screen. You get paid 2.5, 6.25. and 62.5 times your bet if you get them to land across reels 3, 4, and 5 respectively. If at all the entire grid is full wilds, you get the top payout of 2,500 times your wager.
You need to land at least three bank vault scatters anywhere on the reels to trigger this feature. The vault is full of cash and gold bars and it’s not easy to do this. But when you do, you’ll be taken to the bonus wheel, where the prizes are various multipliers and the other bonus features. Depending on where the pointer lands, you’ll win a bet multiplier up to 80 times, or you might win one of the two free spins feature shown below.
If the pointer of the Bank Robbery Bonus Wheel points to this feature, you’ll be awarded 7 free spins. A wild is added to the reels on every spin, which lock on to the reels for the duration of the round. This can potentially result in some substantial wins.
If the dial of the Bank Robbery Bonus Wheels stop at this feature, you get a 3 free spins, during which you can expect one to reels to transform into wilds. This is a short feature, and can leave you penniless, but also has the potential for significant payouts.
The slot is fully-optimized to play on mobile devices. The game’s HTML5 platform is compatible with major mobile operating systems like Windows Phone, Android, iOS, and Blackberry. Hence, the slot can be enjoyed on all smartphones and tablets that run on these platforms. The game does not have an offline version, so make sure you have a reliable internet connection to enjoy uninterrupted play. The game’s horizontal layout makes the game more suitable for playing in landscape mode.
This game is a nice addition to the western genre and is already well-received by western slots enthusiasts and others as well. The name of the slot is reminiscent of Eastwood’s classic and many players are attracted towards it for that reason. The Good, The Bad & The Wild has more bonus features than other highly volatile games, which makes for not only good entertainment, but high potential rewards as well.