Released: August 2016
Software: Net Entertainment
Coin Values: 0.01 up to 1
Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist is not the only game based on a western theme, but sure is one of the most distinctive among those available on the web. Net Entertainment decided to revive a popular theme with an interesting point of view. The plot passed from being a generalising cowboy theme to a quite specific subject – robbing trains back in the days of the Wild, Wild West.
Everybody’s first thought upon mentioning this period of American history are saloons, cowboys and showdowns, and people in search for gold. But this period was also marked by the invention of the railroad, and large mobile machines quickly became appealing for outlaws targeting precious cargo. Being a 5 reel slot machine with a modest number of 10 pay lines, one might think The Great Train Heist is a setback for a master developer like NetEnt, but hold your horses, there are some bonus treats not as ordinary and common that one would expect to see and enjoy.
Graphics and Symbols
The graphics department behind Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist figured out a way to merge a comic book style typical for illustrating superheroes with a story about western misfits. You are politely introduced into the game by a short intro and then let into a world of stunning graphic creations and animations just as smooth and polished. You can tell developers paid a fair amount of attention to details without even observing the upper interface – just look at the spin button! It is designed to represent a revolver barrel with a spot on sound effect while being set in motion. The soundtrack in general proves to be quite appropriate, improving the gaming experience with rhythmic western music slightly reminiscent of songs found in Johnny Cash’s repertoire.
The wild bunch is represented by symbols, a gang made out of four accomplices. There is a sneaky young woman, a tough guy, a man of obvious experience in the matter of robbing trains, and a younger fellow who seems ambitious enough to stick with the plan. Apart from three theme-related symbols there are classic gambling symbols – clubs, hearts, spades and diamonds. The scatter is a lucky seven, and there are various wild symbols, involved in the most ingenious extra features.
Yes, the Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist online slot has Wilds, and Scatters, and free spins. But the thing is they are not just put in there, designed to appear at some random points during gameplay, they are cleverly correlated and practically form a system of bonus features.
During basic game activities players can land scatter symbols. If this happens, players are rewarded with free spins – standard procedure so far. But this is when it gets all crazy and exciting (almost like an ongoing train heist). Before you start a free spin, each time you get to operate a wheel of four different kinds of wild symbols – a regular wild, an expanding wild, a 2x multiplier wild and a spreading wild. With the possibility of getting a minimum of 10 free spins to a maximum of 30, odds of riding off into the sunset with some fine spoils are quite good.
A special addition is a mini-game by the name of Pick & Click, offered separately from the base game. It is bonus game activated by bonus symbols (a safe). You click on one of them and claim your prize ranging from 5x to 50x your stake.
It is only natural for the four ‘bandidos’ to be the highest paying symbols. They have the power to enhance your winnings 200x – 500x. The gun-loving young lady is apparently the brain of the operation since she is the highest paying symbol, and that makes her a ‘wanted’ person for sure.
You can place a bet of minimum $0.10 and a maximum of $100, which means highly ambitious players can benefit from the wild western adventures in Wild Wild West: The Great Train Heist. RTP is a NetEnt generous average of nearly 97%.
If you’re on the lookout for a well-balanced online slot machine, one that provides a fair amount of amusement and visual pleasure, while offering solid payouts at the same time, saddle up and try to conquer that machine beast on rails in The Great Train Heist. The ride will start a bit cartoony, but it gets really wild further into the game, so don’t be repelled by a slight exception NetEnt made when taking a break from their emblematic 3D slots. It is still an above-average game that can pump up some adrenaline through your veins, and make you enjoy some old school plundering.