During the gold rush, the West offered many people the opportunity to become rich. When you play Western Gold, you’re trying your hand at some serious wins. It’s actually quite a tranquil sight, raking in the gold beneath the golden sunset with the desert serving as a backdrop.
Suspended against the blue sky is a gold trimmed 5×4 grid with a win counter on top and a free spins calculator underneath. The theme isn’t unique, but the background is beautiful and the reels and symbols are quite impressive despite the subtle grainy look.
The game has an overall posh and sleek look without overdoing it with visuals and special effects. We also quite enjoy the matching theme music in the game that does elevate the player’s experience.
The unassuming 5×4 grid actually offers some pretty impressive wins with 40 paylines. The max RTP is pretty standard, just a bit above average at 96.12%. To get to the max jackpot, you would need to lay down the highest bets. The betting range of Western Gold ranges from 0.1 - 4, which isn’t very wide.
The one thing we feel Western Gold uses to reel in potential players is the max jackpot of a pretty appealing 10,000x the initial stake. The hit rate is at 38.98%, which is acceptable, especially since games with a high jackpot can’t make it too easy on you.
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One thing that you must keep in mind with Western Gold is the volatility. It possesses a much higher volatility than the average game with a rating of not just high, but very high! It’s up to you as a player to decide if the wins are worth the risk. But rest assured that Western Gold does provide some features to help you along the way.
The golden W is the wild as you would expect in Western Gold. It is a symbol you want to regularly see on the reel as it can substitute any other symbol for winning combos or offer you a pay day itself when you get them in a full row.
Western Gold has a bass game and free spins, which is activated by collecting the horseshoe symbol scatter. The scatter is also responsible for triggering the largest prizes in Western Gold. To get something from the scatters, you need to at least land 4 of them. To make it to the highest max jackpot of 10,000x your stake, you will need at least 12 of these scatters on the reels.
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Western Gold has more than one scatter, and the other is in the form of a badge. The badge scatter only shows up on the middle three reels and can award you with 3 free spins. When the free spins via the badge scatter occurs, you can also accumulate the horseshoe scatters and compounding your free spins.
The max jackpot is a huge draw for slot. It’s not too often we get 10,000x the initial stake. But to get there, you have to jump through hoops in Western Gold with the highly volatile rating and the average RTP. However, you do have some help from the game in the form of free spins and scatters that can increase your chances at the big win.
The theme isn’t anything new either, but we do appreciate the well-done symbols and graphics with clean lines that provide a great overall gaming experience.