Wanted Dead or a Wild Review
Hacksaw Gaming’s simple and unique visual style suits this gritty wild west release very well, but Wanted Dead or a Wild borders on being a silly name. Looking past that however, there is nothing lighthearted about this installment. The base game is a ride in the bone dry desert most of the time, but VS expanding multiplier wilds can strike at any time to provide top-up wins and even larger payouts.
You’re more likely to crack the 12,500x potential in 1 of the 3 bonus rounds however, although the least volatile sticky wild Train Robbery feature is probably not your best bet in that regard. The atmosphere is far bleaker than you might be used to from Hacksaw, and it’s nice to see a different and more serious side of the Malta-based developer. The only thing we don’t like about this release outside of the title, is the introduction of adjustable RTP ranges.
Wanted Dead or a Wild Slot - Reels Screen
Wanted Dead or a Wild Features
The Wild symbol can land on all 5 reels, and it steps in for all regular pay symbols to help you complete winning combinations. It’s also the most valuable symbol in the game together with the pistol cylinder, awarding 20x your stake for 5 of a kind. The 5 picture premium symbols pay between 5 and 20 x your stake for the same.
Special VS symbols can land also in the base game, and these expand to cover the full reel before they turn wild. A duel between 2 gunslingers awards a random wild multiplier between x2 and x100, and multipliers are added together if more than one VS wild is part of a winning combo.
The Great Train Robbery Bonus Round is triggered when you land 3+ Train Robbery symbols in the base game. You get 10 free spins, and all wilds that land become sticky for the remainder of the bonus round. This is a medium volatile feature according to Hacksaw.
You need at least 3 Duel symbols in view to trigger the Duel at Dawn Bonus Round, and this also awards 10 free spins. You can expect more frequent VS symbols to land than in the base game, but they don’t land all that often due the the very high volatility you get in this feature.
The Dead Man’s Hand Bonus Round is triggered by landing 3+ Dead scatters anywhere on the same spin. You start in the Collect Phase of the feature, which plays out like a streak respins style game with 3 spins. The aim is to land wilds and multiplier symbols, as these are collected in the assigned meters. You can get up to 20 wilds and a x31 multiplier at the most.
The respins tally resets to 3 for every collected symbol you land, and when you land nothing but blanks 3 times in a row you enter the Showdown phase of the bonus. You get 3 showdown spins, and the collected wilds are added in random configurations per spin. In addition, all wins are boosted by the multiplier you racked up in the collect phase.
Non-UK players can take advantage of the Bonus Buy menu, where all 3 features are up for grabs at any time. You can thus purchase The Great Train Robbery (96.27 % RTP), Duel at Dawn (96.33 % RTP) and Dead Man’s Hand (96.43 % RTP) for 80, 200 or 400 x your stake, respectively.
The 200 Spins Wanted Dead or a Wild Experience
You get to see a randomly triggered VS expanding multiplier wild that awards a smaller win in the base game, before we purchase all 3 bonus rounds in chronological order. The Great Train Robbery feature starts around the 1-minute mark, and you can check it all out for yourself by hitting the play button below.
There is something understated about this release that we really like. It reminds us of the many silent, strong and gritty wild west heroes we’ve seen throughout the years, minding their own business in a dimly lit corner of the saloon before all hell breaks loose. That’s literally how playing Wanted Dead or a Wild feels, as you’ll plough through plenty of uneventful spins before a sudden VS duel plays out to spike up your bankroll.
Don’t expect too much from the base game however, although a maxed-out x100 wild multiplier is certainly capable of cracking the 12,500x potential. It’s good fun collecting wilds and building the multiplier in the Dead Man’s Hand feature, and the 3 final spins can be really tense and lucrative. Double VS wilds strike suddenly in the Duel at Dawn round, but it’s usually quiet in-between. The Train Robbery feature is a classic sticky wilds round, making it the most predictable option.
- VS expanded wilds w/ up to x100 multipliers
- FS w/ sticky wilds (medium volatile)
- FS w/ more frequent VS multiplier wilds
- FS w/ wild/multiplier collect/release on 3 final spins
- Win up to 12,500x your stake
- Beware of adjustable RTP ranges
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El Paso Gunfight - is the third installment in NoLimit City’s hardboiled western range, and you can choose between high or extreme volatility. The respins feature comes with xNudge multiplier wilds on the 3 middle reels, and there are 4 different bonus rounds that can lead to payouts up to 44,440x your stake.
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