Free Western Belles Slot
This slot by IGT transports you back to the days of the Wild West, however forget about cowboys, sheriffs, guns and card games – here the focus is on the ladies of the Wild West, featuring four somewhat scantily clad cowgirls on the reels. This game has a highly original format due to the fact that you can add an entire wild reel at every spin, which improves to two reels during the free spins feature.
You’ll be impressed the moment you enter this slot, the opening screen showing a paisley style background featuring a cowgirl sitting astride a fence, lasso in hand. This sets the scene perfectly, as the symbols on the reels having the same striking look, all hand drawn in a 1950’s style. The ladies on the reels are joined by lipstick marks, boots and a hat as well as the playing card symbols from 9 to Ace, these drawn in a suitably western style. The accompanying sound to the slot brings images of the classic western movies to mind, each spin accompanied by the sound of hooves and horses whinnying. Overall this makes for one of the most impressive slot experiences in the market.
Playing the Western Belles Slot
Gameplay options for the Western Belles slot are interesting to say the least. The five reels are somewhat standard, but with each reel being four symbols high the game differs slightly from the norm. However, it’s when it comes to the win lines that things become really interesting. There are a maximum of 40 win lines which you can play at a cost of 40 credits (as well as having the option of playing 20, 10 or just 1 line too) but you can add the ‘wild reel’ option too. This will increase the cost of each spin to 200 credits, but will ensure that every spin includes one completely wild reel. With the wild reel in action, the red dressed leggy cowgirl will take up the entire reel.
Head to the pay table (this is an experience in itself, being a well-designed five page booklet) to see that you’ll need to land three or more consecutive symbols on a win line from left to right to achieve a win. As well as the wild reels (if in play) you’ll find the wild ‘lipstick mark’ symbol which pays out 1,000 coins when landing five in a row, as well as substituting for any other symbol on the reels (apart from the bonus symbols). There are two standard cowgirl symbols on the reels and these both pay 500 coins when landing five in a row, the hat, the boots and the playing cards completing the reel symbols.
An auto spin option might save you from an RSI injury the amount of time you’ll spend playing this impressive slot, with options of 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 spins.
The bonus symbol which is mounted on a Western style wooden board activates the free games feature when appearing on reels 2, 3 and 4. You’ll also gain an immediate win of 2x your total bet size.
Western Belles Free Games feature
Having activated the feature, you’ll gain an initial five spins, although these can be re-triggered during the round. Without the ‘wild reel’ feature enabled, this round is particularly straightforward without any added bonuses. However this changes completely with the feature on. Now, you’ll find two completely wild reels, making for a round where both big wins and a large numbers of them will come your way.
When playing this slot we would certainly recommend adding the ‘wild reels’ feature. Without it, the game is something of a standard one with nothing to really set it apart, but add it in and the game really takes off.
Western Belles Slot Conclusion
When looking for the perfect slot, you’ll want great graphics, a soundtrack that enhances the experience, original gameplay and the opportunity of some very large wins. This slot ticks all of these boxes. Yes, the cost of each spin with the ‘wild reels’ feature on is expensive at 200 credits, but this will enable many extra wins and does make for a highly original experience. This is a slot you’ll want to play again and again and will appeal to all.