Games Related to Smoking Gun
Many of us are fans of Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Westerns starring a young Clint Eastwood as a young, heroic gunfighter out to right a few wrongs in the lawless old west.
Fast forward in time to the present day and we now have slot games based in that era and also seemingly based on that Spaghetti Western-styled theme. The latest is Rival Gaming's newest release Smoking Gun, a rather pretty-looking slot which has five reels in play and a total of 50 selectable pay lines available.
Is this a slot game that will shoot you down in flames, or will it be one where the bullet hits the bullseye of delight? Let's take a closer look and find out.
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The presentation of the Smoking Gun slot is very nicely done. The backdrop to the slot of sunset in a western town is very nicely realized and the colors are the perfect backdrop for a western-themed slot. The symbols are all somewhat generic of the theme but fit it nicely and what is especially nice is the sound, which boasts a rather mournful western-stylized soundtrack with the addition of some extra sound effects thrown in when you land certain combinations on the reels.
What's on the reels?
There are a number of different symbols on the Smoking Gun slot. The lower value symbols are the branding irons and these are designed as the four card suits, clubs, spade, diamond and hearts. The more middle range symbols are the guns, the lady, the horse shoe and the cigar-chewing bad guy.
There are also five higher value symbols on the reels including the sheriff's badge, the cowboy hat and the highest value symbol on the reels of a bottle of scotch. This offers the largest win in the game on a single line of 2,000 coins if you can land five across the reels.
A word of warning though, many of the pays for three and even four symbol lines will pay out considerably less than your original bet and considering these wins make up the majority, that means that the Smoking Gun slot can quickly become very expensive to play unless you can hit a bigger value win somewhere among your spins.
The main Wild symbol in the game is the Sheriff symbol and this is an Expanding Wild. It will expand on the reels whenever it is landed and there can be a win created by the symbol expanding across. If no win can be created, then the symbol will not expand.
This is one of the most important symbols in the base game as it is responsible for the vast majority of those rare but very important better value wins in the base game, and they often come when you land two or more of these Expanding Wilds across the reels on a particular spin, especially when they appear somewhere on the first three reels.
Free Spins features
The main bonus feature on the slot is the Oust the Outlaw Free Spins bonus, which is triggered when you land three or more of the Free Spins Scatters anywhere across the reels. In this bonus, you can select from three different games to play, each of which promises you the following.
10 Free Spins with Exploding Sticky Wild - In this bonus, an additional Sticky Wild symbol is added to the reels and during your bonus, any time you land one on screen and trigger a win, you will earn a re-spin of the reels. The Sticky Wild will remain in place for subsequent spins (but won't trigger further re-spins). However, if you land another Sticky Wild, that will trigger a re-spin and this continues until all your Free Spins plus any re-spins you earn, are played through.
10 Free Spins with Ricochet Drop Icons - Land three or more of the Drop Icons on screen on any of your Free Spins and you trigger the Drop feature, which will see these icons disappear and be replaced with symbols from above to potentially create additional wins from the same spin.
10 Free Spins with Galloping Expanding Wilds - With the Galloping Expanding Wild on the reels, this symbol will expand to cover the entire reel whenever it is possible to make a new win in addition to any other wins on the reels.
Of the three bonuses, I personally prefer the Sticky Wild bonus as you tend to get more consistent pay outs using this bonus than the others, although the other two bonuses can see you land some sizeable wins too.
Other bonus features
Other than the features listed above, there are no other additional bonus features on the Smoking Gun slot.
Best feature of the Smoking Gun slot
The presentation of the Smoking Gun slot is very nicely done and the different bonuses available in the Free Spins bonus round, where you get to pick from three options, is a very nice touch and that bonus feature can result in some big value wins. The Expanding Wild is your best option in the base game for some of the better value wins, especially when you can land more than one of these symbols across the reels, but especially the first two reels.
What does the Smoking Gun slot lack?
The one thing that the Smoking Gun slot lacks is decent and fair payouts. I don't feel like any slot player feels they get good value for money when the majority of 'wins' you land are less than 50% of what you bet on the spin in the first place. As a result, this does see your balance dwindle away quickly and you soon become disillusioned with the game, especially when it is so tricky to land the Free Spins bonus too.
I started playing the Smoking Gun slot and initially I was impressed. You seemed to win a lot of the time, the game had some nice flourishes added to it when you won and it can be played at a nice pace. However, a quick inspection of your balance reveals that all those wins you land, the vast majority of them are smaller than your bet and in many cases are around 10% of your standard stake. That is hugely punitive and in truth, I'd have rather had fewer but better value wins on offer. This is a real shame as it detracts massively from what could otherwise be a decent slot.
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