Microgaming’s Western Frontier
Western Frontier is an online slots game designed and developed by Microgaming. It features five reels and fifteen pay lines, and can be played in both a demo, fun, or practice mode, where no deposit is required, or it can be accessed in the traditional real money gaming experience.
The theme of Western Frontier draws on the American Wild West in the nineteenth century, and it features symbols and signs of that era. Some of the game symbols include a horse, a covered wagon, a campfire, and a horseshoe. These Wild West symbols are combined with the standard letters and numbers featured in slots games.
The game offers lively and colourful graphics and the soundtrack complements the Wild West theme, with background sounds featuring hoof beats.
The Western Frontier Wild Symbol
The wild symbol in Western Frontier is represented by the symbol of the horse. The horse wild may be used to substitute any of the other symbols, except for the scatter symbol, and, in so doing, may be used to complete winning pay lines or create the best possible winning combination. As part of the game’s graphic features, the horse will rise on to his hind legs whenever the symbol is used to complete a winning combination. The horse wild symbols do not make up winning combinations by themselves.
The Scatter Symbol and Bonus Game
The horseshoe icon represents the scatter symbol in Western Frontier. When two or more of the horseshoe scatters appear anywhere on the reels, this will result in a winning scatter combination.
When three or more of the horseshoe scatters appear anywhere on the reels, this will activate the Indian Free Spins bonus game. In this bonus game, players will be rewarded with eight free spins. In the free spins round, the horse symbol will function as a multiplier and any winning combination that includes the horse symbol will immediately be doubled. The Indian Free Spins bonus feature can be retriggered within the actual bonus free spins round.
The Cowboy Bonus Game
The Cowboy bonus game in Western Frontier is triggered after the completion of the Indian Free Spins bonus game. In this bonus game, players will be rewarded with additional free spins. The quantity of these free spins will be determined by the number of horse symbols that the player had landed during the Indian Free Spins bonus game. Players stand the chance to receive up to sixteen free spins, with the additional possibility of a six time multiplier. Free spins may be retriggered during the Cowboy bonus game to allow for more chances to win.
The Double up Gamble Feature
Western Frontier also offers a double up gamble feature. This will be activated after any winning pay line is landed, but the player may choose to either gamble immediately or to postpone until a later stage. In the gamble feature, players will be presented with two hidden cards, and they must guess the correct colour and suit. If they guess the correct colour, they will be rewarded with a two time multiplier. If they guess the correct suit, they will be rewarded with a four time multiplier.