Cowboys and Aliens Slots
Cowboys and Aliens is a graphic novel produced by Platinum studios which appeared in 2006. It tells the story of two gunslingers who were used to protect a caravan heading to Arizona, only to see themselves ambushed by a bunch of Apache Indians. The whole group then witnesses the landing of an alien spacecraft, the aliens coming with the intention of conquering the earth. The graphic novel was so successful that it spawned a big screen adaptation starring both Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. This slot is based upon the graphic novel however, and features many of the characters from the story on the reels, including Zeke, Verity and an Indian warrior.
This slot is set against the backdrop of a dusty track in the Wild West, with wooden buildings found on either side of track. This is no normal scene though – green Alien liquid is found on the roofs and is strewn across the floor. All of the symbols on the reels (as well as the backdrop) appear as they would in the graphic novel, the alien itself perhaps being the standout symbol, with a variety of horns protruding from his heavily wrinkled green face, while his beady red eyes peer out. The accompanying sound is certainly interesting, as a country twang is interspersed with a futuristic electronic sound – this befitting the theme perfectly.
How to Play & Real Money Versions of Cowboys and Aliens
This PlayTech designed slot has 5 reels and a smaller than usual number of 9 win lines, this amount fixed. However, this game pays out when landing 3 or more consecutive adjacent symbols on a pay line, meaning that you’ll land a win from both left to right and right to left, as well as if a symbol appears on just the middle three reels on a win line.
The cowboy Zeke is the highest paying standard symbol at 1,000 coins for 5 in a row and is closely followed by Verity and the alien at 700 and 500. The other standard symbols on the reels are the Vicar, the Indian warrior and the playing card symbols from 10 to Ace. These are joined by the alien spaceship wild symbol, which will substitute for any other symbol apart from those activating the features. This wild is also the highest paying at the whole game, as 5 of a kind gives you an enormous 10,000 coin win.
Unusually, there are three separate bonus features on this slot.
The first of these is the ‘Alien Weapon Feature’. This is activated by landing the said weapon anywhere on reel one. The weapon has a dial with the numbers 1 to 4 and a small triangle will randomly point to one of these numbers. The weapon will now fire that many shots at the reels, turning each symbol that is hit wild – only symbols on reels 2-5 can be hit.
No good slot would be complete without a free spins round and you’ll enter this by landing the title scatter three or more times across any of the reels. You’ll have 8 free games, but for each spin a large rectangle will cover some of the reels, the whole of this rectangle being completely wild. This can lead to a good number of wins, especially as the slot pays out in more ways than usual.
For arcade fans, the best feature of all will be the final one – the ‘Alien Attack’ feature. You’ll start by choosing one of three characters. Zeke uses a shotgun with 6 bullets and high accuracy hits to defeat the aliens. Verity uses a whip with low accuracy but has 20 shots at the Aliens. The final option is the Indian warrior, who shoots his 12 arrows with medium accuracy. Having chosen, you’ll be taken to a screen where the aliens swoop down and you’ll aim the marker and hopefully take them out of the sky. The lower the accuracy, the more the aliens will dodge the attempts. You’ll win a cash prize for every alien you hit and if you do kill all of the aliens you’ll earn an added cash bonus for saving the city, as well as receiving money for every weapon left over.
This slot is certainly an entertaining one. There are very few games which feature both an arcade style feature alongside a free spins round and this alone makes for a good slot, and if you throw in the ‘Alien Weapon’ feature, the interest levels will remain high for a long time. Graphically this game is excellent too, the comic book look giving the slot great appeal, which is only added to by the excellent and original soundtrack. PlayTech have done a fine job of taking the successful graphic novel and turning it into a highly playable slot.