This brand new slot from MicroGaming is one with a Western theme, where the gun toting characters are all ladies. There are the three Pistoleras and each wears a somewhat revealing outfit that may well distract anyone they may face in a gun fight. The blonde, red head and the brunette are joined on the reels by a stagecoach, bags of money and authentic, Western Style playing card symbols in bright colours. With a bonus game and a free spins round, this slot will certainly have you coming through those swing doors to play.
Purple wallpaper sets the backdrop to the game, giving it an authentic Old West feel, the added red roses clearly coming from the female influence on the reels. The reels are also patterned, the cream coloured backing providing a nice contrast to the purple. The Pistoleros are the most eye-catching of the symbols, each coming to life with animation when forming part of a win line. The playing card symbols also turn from two dimensions into three, which is a nice added touch. The accompanying sound is a general hubbub, maybe from a casino, or maybe from a bar in the Wild West – this sound added to by the more general slot noises.
How to play & real money versions
Pistoleras is a five reel slot with a fixed number of 25 win lines. As opposed to most slots where you’ll choose the coin value, here you’ll immediately select the total stake for each spin (this done using the plus and minus buttons on the control panel). Having hit spin, you’ll find that the three Pistoleros can all appear stacked on the reels and these are also the highest paying symbols on the slot apart from the wild. You’ll win when you land three or more consecutive symbols from left to right on a win line, with the three ladies paying out 250, 200 and 175 for the maximum five in a row (these awards being for the blonde, red head and brunette respectively).
The wild symbol shows two crossed pistols and red roses above the word ‘wild’. This is by far the highest paying symbol at the game, as hitting five of a kind will pay out 1,000 coins. However, it will prove to be just as useful when substituting for other symbols (it will substitute for all except the scatters). This is because any win using the wild will subject to a 3x multiplier. It’s certainly unusual to find a wild that pays 3x and this, in conjunction with the high win amount, certainly makes this wild stand out.
Bags of money represent the first scatter symbol of the game. This will only appear on reels 3, 4 and 5, but if it should land on all three, you’ll enter the ‘Saloon Bonus’ round. You’ll now enter a shooting gallery with 12 different targets. Each target will reveal one of the three Pistoleros and when you match three of the same you’ll win the prize amount associated with the character. If you happen to land the wild 3 times however, you’ll win all three of the prizes!
The second scatter is the stage coach which can appear across any of the reels. Land two or more of these scatters and you’ll win an immediate cash prize based upon your total stake (up to a maximum of 100x for five), but land 3 or more and you’ll also enter the free spins round. You’ll have 15 free spins if activating the feature with the minimum 3 scatters, but add 5 spins for each additional scatter. Just like when using the wild symbol, any wins during this feature are multiplied by 3. It’s not unusual to have 15 free spins or a 3x multiplier, but to see them together is rare and certainly makes for a feature that you’ll want to strive for. As an added bonus, you can re-trigger the free spins and even enter the ‘Saloon Bonus’ during the free spins.
There are a good number of Wild West themed slots out there, but having females as the central characters, although not completely original, is a nice change. The game looks good and plays well, but you wouldn’t say that the features are the grandest found online – however the multipliers for both the wilds and the free spins certainly give this slot something of an edge, as you’ll know a big win can be achieved at any time. If you fancy yourself as a gunslinger, Pistoleros might just be the game for you