Wild Shootout Slots Machine
Reels that expand gradually from left to right, starting with just 2 rows and ending with 7 rows might sound a little strange. Things get even stranger in WMS’s Wild Shootout when you trigger the free spins bonus game. Now the reels flip over, with wins starting on the 7-row reel, which moves to the left.
Fortunately, this setup is very enjoyable once you get used to it. This has already been used in other slots, including Zeus III. With the potential for wild reels, and a 192 win-lines in play for every spin, there are plenty of opportunities to win big. You’ll also find progressive jackpots on the live casino version of this real-money slot game.
How the Wild Shootout Slot Unusual Reel Setup Works
The unusual reel configuration is simple enough when it comes to the game play. You’ll spin for fixed increments of 40c and up – covering all the 192 win-lines. There are 6 reels in total, and the rows go up by 1 each time as you move to the left. This gives you a 2-3-4-5-6-7 cone shaped setup.
Wins require 3 of a kind or more. The base wins are just 1c for 3 of a kind (based on the 40c spins). What you’ll find is stacked symbols, in combination with the wilds, will often give you a lot of wins at the same time. You might get all 192 lines paying 3 of a kind, plus 44 lines at 4 of a kind, 8 at 5 of a kind and so on. Each time you win you will see a network of lines flicker over your wins. The total number of each type of win is also displayed on the right-hand side.
In line with the theme, the symbols are all Wild-West images. You’ll find a cowboy hat, bullets and a bag or money – along with a lady and the cowboy. There are also gems which resemble the suits of playing cards.
Two Types of Wild Symbol
A gun with a poker hand is the regular wild symbol. This appears in single symbol units – and is not stacked like the other symbols. It will substitute for the regular symbols, often connecting groups of stacked images for multi-line wins.
The other wild is the cowboy. This is a special symbol, which only becomes wild if it covers and entire reel. When this happens, you will hear some gunshots and see a graphic of the cowboy standing up.
Flipped Reels – The Wild Shootout Free Spins Bonus Game
Sheriff badges will trigger the free spins bonus game each time you get 3 or more in view. You get 10 free spins for 3, 25 free spins for 4 and 50 free spins for 5.
Before your spins begin the reels will shrink, flip over and come back to full size. Wins still pay from left to right, only now the 7-symbol reel is on the left-hand side. This will make the smaller 3 and 4 of a kind wins more likely.
In addition, the cowboy symbol takes on a new behavior. When this appears on any of the reels even once, it will expand to cover the entire reel. This then goes wild, potentially creating a lot of winning combinations. The sheriff badge symbols are still in play during this slot bonus feature, making retriggers possible.
Design of the Wild Shootout Slot
There are different designs for the base-game and free spins bonus round. When you start to play, green prairies can be seen above the reels, with the shadows of mountains in the background. This switches to a red dusky evening scene for the bonus. You can see the wooden structures of a Wild West town. You will also be treated to music from the era. This music goes alongside the strange mix of electronic bleeps (the regular WMS slot sound effects), plus sharp gunshots.
On the reels the main animation is the cowboy. This kicks in when he covers and entire reel, and sees him stand up full length and the world ‘wild’ added. You’ll see this a lot more often during the bonus feature, when even a single cowboy symbol will lead to a wild reel.
How Does Wild Shootout Compare?
Once you ‘tune in’ to the unusual cone-shaped reel setup, you’ll find this an entertaining casino slot. This system already has many fans, thanks to the popular Zeus III slot. If you are lucky enough to hit the 6 of a kind wins, there is potential for big prizes. Even 4 of a kinds can be worth hitting if you get a good proportion of the 192 lines at the same time. Other than the wild stacked cowboys, there is only the single feature. With many more wilds, this does give you the opportunity to fill your (cowboy) boots!