The Wild Gang Slot Features
On a backdrop of a traditional Old West town surrounded by massive rock formations sits a 6x4 grid with four middle reels comprising 4 symbols and two side ones - 3. To secure a payout, at least 3 matching icons must line up on adjacent columns starting from the leftmost side of the panel. All 2,304 ways are in play, meaning that the symbols' vertical position is unimportant. Prizes for hitting combinations made of low-value royals award from 0.15 to 0.7 times the bet, while payouts for sequences comprising premium images range from 0.25 to 7.5 times.
All Wild symbols represented by the gang members substitute for any regular icons during win evaluation. They can appear only on reels 2, 3, 4, and 5, plus they carry a random multiplier of x2, x3, or x4. Whenever only 2 instances land, they will act as Wilds. If 3 or 4 appear in view, they act as Scatters, triggering one of two available bonus rounds.
An icon depicting the entire gang on the background of a setting sun is a Mystery Symbol. Whenever they land on the grid, all instances will reveal an identical paying symbol.
Wanted Free Spins
Hit 3 Scatters to trigger 8 free spins where each Wild appearing for the first time will have a guaranteed x2 multiplier. Scoring the same one for the second time will grant it an x3 value, and any time after that, it won't have one at all. Each scored multiplier contributes to a global meter that boosts all wins occurring during the bonus. On top of that, each value charging the meter will multiply the existing one instead of adding to it.
Dead or Alive Free Spins
This round requires 4 Scatters to land in the base game, which also awards 8 free spins. The playthrough is similar to the Wanted Free Spins, with two substantial enhancements:
- The first and last reel's height increases to 4 symbols, resulting in a total of 4,096 winning ways.
- The multiplier value on the Wild's second appearance increases to x4.
In both bonus variants, scoring all 4 Wilds in a single round awards 2 extra spins. It's possible to benefit from this feature a maximum of 2 times in a single playthrough.
Players can access each of the bonuses instantly through the Buy Free Spins function. Wanted Free Spins cost 80 x bet, while Dead or Alive Free Spins cost 200 x bet.
Slot games taking place in the Wild West usually don't hold many surprises regarding the design. Sure, some suppliers try to put a unique spin on them, trying a combination of cowboys and another unique theme, like Money Train 4 with its futuristic approach. However, most of the late 1800s gunslinging action revolves around relatively predictable imagery. Such is the overall mood of The Wild Gang, which introduces players to a group of self-proclaimed vigilantes hunting down criminals for lucrative bounties. The environment, although pleasantly and atmospherically designed, carries the usual set of symbols, including cowboy boots, whiskey, and weapons. All that set in some type of wooden contraption adorned with steel decorations, placed in the middle of an unknown Western town. Throw in several badass-looking triggermen (and occasionally a triggerwoman), and you've got yourself a picture like hundreds of others. Still, we can't deny the creators a quality, consistent touch in organizing all the important elements around the screen.
What The Wild Gang lacks in visual originality, it makes up with excitement during the bonus rounds. And even though they seem to be based on omnipresent Multiplier Wilds, the way they interact with each other to increase the global value is worth the attention. Naturally, producers had to limit their appearance to just a couple of times per bonus each. Otherwise, the snowballing effect would shoot the win potential through the roof. Still, getting consecutive x2 and x4 values in the enhanced variant combined with fixed 4,096 winning ways and an ok-ish paytable can often catch you off-guard with a sudden several hundred-x-bet hit.