It's time to strap on the chaps, place the ten-gallon hat on your head, saddle up and get ready to go west my friend as we take a closer look at the Mustang Gold slot from Pragmatic Play. This mid-to-high variance slot comes with an abundance of features and it is based on the lifestyle of a mid-west rancher, cowboy/cowgirl.
It is a rather unusual theme for a slot, but I have often found in the past it is precisely these type of slots that end up producing some high quality, novel and highly playable games. Certainly, given its popularity with players of Pragmatic Play games, it seems that Mustang Gold has been ticking all the right boxes with players.
There's 25 pay lines in play on each spin and spins start at just 0.25 per spin, but you can really ramp up the action up to 125.00 per spin if you are a higher roller. The maximum theoretical payout is 12,000x your bet, but you will be lucky to hit that. The game features four different jackpots, not progressives, but based instead on multiples of your total bet.
All in all, this is a rather pleasant looking and sounding game from Pragmatic Play, but are these good looks purely superficial? Let's take a much closer look at the slot now and see if this Mustang has the spirit of the Wild West, or whether it really is just a case of horses for courses.
Where can I play the Mustang Gold slot?
If you want somewhere to try out the Mustang Gold slot from Pragmatic Play, then I would heartily recommend doing so at Black Diamond Casino. The reason for that is because the site offers new players a very good bonus deal when they register and deposit, which begins when you receive 25 Free Spins, no deposit required, when you register as a member on the Black Diamond site.
Those genuine Free Spins will give you a chance to trial a couple of games on the site and if you decide to make your deposit then the good news is that you will get a massive 200% Matched Deposit Bonus on your first deposit on the site. What better way can you think of to get started playing, than with having extra cash available to spend?
Over subsequent deposits, you will then receive additional matched deposit bonuses of between 100% and 175% on your next four deposits, meaning your first five deposits will all earn at least a double your money bonus. There's few better value offers available online than that which you receive as a customer of Black Diamond.
I was kind of expecting lots of 'yee-haw' craziness on the Mustang Gold slot but I am pleased to say that Pragmatic Play have gone for a more understated, subtler approach. The graphics are a little simplistic, but they are bright and cheerful, and it is easy to see the different symbols. The backdrop is a nice wild west desert scene and the reels are placed above this.
The music on the slot is very good indeed with a very atmospheric soundtrack bringing to mind the great Spaghetti Westerns from the 1960s, or perhaps a modern-day Quentin Tarantino epic. I actually think the music is one of the best-selling points of the game and it really does create the perfect backdrop and ambiance for the slot to play out.
One minor gripe is that the animations when you win are rather lifeless and there isn't much of a celebration when you finally hit a win, which leaves you feeling a little flat to be truthful.
What's on the reels?
The lower value symbols in the game are the playing card lows, which seems to be the norm for the vast majority of games nowadays. It's not the most imaginative selection to be honest, but the Jack, Queen, King and Ace offer a range of prizes ranging from 1/5 of your total bet up to 4x your total bet. All four of the lower value symbols pay the exact same amount which is a little disappointing as you would like at least one if not two to pay slightly more.
Higher value symbols on the reel are the cowgirl, the cowboy, the black horse and the white horse. These offer a range of prizes from 2/5 of your total bet up to 20x your bet if you land the highest value white horse symbol five times across the reel. The value of the prizes isn't massive as you can see, which kind of reflects why the game is more mid to high variance.
There are three more symbols on the reels, the Wild, Scatter and the Money Symbols, all of which link in to the main bonus features of the slot as we will explore below.
The Mustang Gold logo is the Wild symbol and it can substitute for any of the standard symbols outlined above on the reels. It appears on the second, third, fourth and fifth reels, so does not offer any pay outs of its own accord, but it can be very useful when landed on the reels as the Wild can be stacked and this can lead to bigger or multiple payouts from a single spin. The more Wilds you land across the reels, then the better chance you have of a big win and in truth, you will need Wilds on the reels to give you any chance of landing a very good value base game win.
Free Spins features
The Campfire is the Scatter symbol and this appears on the middle three reels only in the game. If you land three of these symbols then you will win back your stake money (as it offers a prize of 1x your bet as the winnings) plus better still, you will trigger 8 Free Spins.
During your Free Spins there are more of the Money Symbols on the reels which can lead to more wins in this particular bonus feature. You can also re-trigger free spins an unlimited number of times by landing three of the Scatters on the reels once again during the bonus.
Other bonus features
The other bonus feature of the slot is the Money Collect feature and this uses a selection of different symbols and cash values throughout the base game and Free Spins, as well as linking in with a chance to win one of the four Jackpots available in the game.
First off, the symbols on the reels are the horseshoe symbols, which appears on the first four reels in both the base game and free spins. When one of these symbols lands it will also have on it a cash amount. This is a multiplier of your total bet and can be a small amount, or larger. It can also have the word Jackpot on it, which we will explain what that means later.
In order to land the cash prizes shown on any spin with a Money symbol landed on the reels, you need to land the Sheriff Badge Collect symbol on the fifth reel. Any spin where you land Money symbols but no Collect symbol do not pay out. However, land the Collect symbol and you will win the value of any of the Money symbols shown on the reels for hat spin.
If one of the symbols has the word Jackpot on when you land the Collect symbol on the same spin, then this launches the special Jackpot Reveal Bonus game. You can actually land more than one attempt to play this bonus by landing more than one Money symbol with Jackpot on when you land a Collect on the fifth reel.
There are four Jackpots in the game and each is based on a multiplier if your total bet, the lowest jackpot is the Mini which is still 50x your total bet, the Minor is 100x your total bet, the Major 200x your bet and lastly the Grand is the big prize offering 1000x your total bet.
The Jackpot Reveal Bonus Game simply sees you select from horse shoes until you have landed three of the same Jackpot symbol. When you have done this, you will be awarded that jackpot prize.
Best feature of the Mustang Gold slot
There's no doubt that the key to winning big on the Mustang Gold slot is the Jackpot Reveal Bonus Game. The jackpot prizes, even the lower value ones, are still by far and away the biggest cash prizes available in the game and they are what makes playing the game worthwhile. However, it can be very tricky to hit the game and as such, you need to ensure you are playing at the right bet level for your bankroll to ensure you stand the best chance of triggering the bonus.
What does the Mustang Gold slot lack?
The biggest issue with the Mustang Gold slot isn't so much that it lacks anything, it is the size of the wins that you tend to land. If you are a smaller stakes player, then the wins are generally small in the base game and even landing five symbols across the reels doesn't pay much, and Free Spins can also pay small amounts on a regular basis too.
In so many ways, the Mustang Gold slot ticks all the right boxes, it has lots of great bonuses, you win a decent amount of times compared to the spins you play, the bonuses have the potential to be rewarding, the Jackpot feature is a real bonus as is the Money and Collect symbols bonus in the base game and Free Spins. However, there is one Achilles heel in the game and that is that it is so hard to make any profit from it even if you are winning lots in the base game. It is only the feature wins, and the big ones at that, which offer any value and it can be difficult to trigger these. A great slot, but one you need to budget wisely on to enjoy it to its full potential.
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