John Wayne Slots - Playtech
ABOUT JOHN WAYNE SLOTS
The John Wayne slot brings home the old feel of Westerns, and if you remember the old movies the Duke used to do, you’ll feel right at home with Playtech’s release. It offers a 5 reel, 25 payline board with a mixture of varying specials to make the game feel as exciting as the movies it was based on, but sometimes fails to deliver on it.
John Wayne brings with itself the option for a big win and a shot for small rollers to try their luck, as well as a way to net yourself free games, Wilds, Scatters and multipliers across the slot.
HOW TO PLAY
The interface is plainly presented in the traditional western style of browns and yellows, making it seem like a wooden table lined with sand that’s blown in from the desert. The slot offers flexibility in letting you pick the number of active paylines from 1 to 25 and how much you want to bet with each reel spin, from as little as $0.01 to $50 per spin.
In general, you want to net yourself the unique icons in the game. The highest paying symbol is Wild and the portraits of the Duke himself which will roll up on the board. However, the main part of the game can feel slow, which will make you rely on the specials to bring excitement.
Playtech brought their game up with three different bonuses, but ones that feels good to the touch, and ones that will leave you hauling off a big win home if you can pick them up. With Wild multipliers, the Duke’s Badge bonus outright adding more cash if you’re lucky to land it, and the Ranch Bonus offering you free spins, it’s not a bad deal at all.
You get three free spins and a x1 multiplier the first time you land the Ranch Bonus in the slot. It requires to have the skull sign with bonus written on it on reels I, III and V. You are then taken to a separate screen where you get to shoot cans, where you can uncover extra free spins, increase your multiplier, a free spins retrigger, as well as random extra Wilds and Scatters on the board.
As you shoot, you will see a can meter appear in the bottom-left corner of your screen, which shows how many cans you still have to shoot. At best, you could earn up to 40 free spins with a x5 multiplier, but that will take some serious luck.
The Duke’s Badge bonus is the less exciting, but by no means the less profitable special feature the slot offers. If you land three or more of the Duke’s Badge, which is a golden sheriff’s star with The Duke written on it, you’ll be given the option to take a pick between one of them. The amount you receive depends on how many badges you received on the reel and the size of your stake.
The Duke Badge and Bonus icon both act as Scatters, triggering the two bonus rounds, meaning they can be your shortcut to some substantial payouts.
John Wayne Wild is the game’s highest paying icon, awarding no fewer than 5,000 coins per payline for five-of-a-kind combination. This means that potential maximum payout is 125,000 credits per spin.
JOHN WAYNE ON MOBILE
Fortunately, despite Playtech not bringing many of its titles to mobile, they have created a mobile version for this one. There is little change overall, save for small mobile optimisations to the interface, such as holding down the spin to auto spin, rather than having it be a separate function. Either way, it will be an enjoyable experience, mobile or desktop.