Coin Values: 0,01 up to 1
Jackpot: 500 Coins
Free Spins: Yes
The Nektan gaming brand has taken us on many adventures so far, an exploration that looks set to continue, this time into the Wild West of Gunslinger’s Gold. This regular cowboy haunt could soon be your watering hole, provided you do favours for the locals and earn their good graces. If not, well, you could end up as one of the bandits on those wanted posters. We know which we’d rather be. Gunslinger’s Gold could be your way to the good life, with you able to buy your own horse rather than rent one. The thing is, you need to pay your tab if you’re to get the service, you know what we’re saying? No? Okay, let’s make it simpler: you need to start rolling those reels if you’re to be in with a chance of becoming a high roller. Now let’s ride. Yeehaw!
As you’ll be able to tell for yourselves, this is a Wild West themed pokie, meaning that it has all the recognisable markers of cowboys and Indians. Players will be taken to the saloon doors and allowed entry into the local pub, where card games and earning gold is your favourite pastime. All of this from a static, 2D images; Nektan have managed to make a world come to life, and without adding any animation into the mix. Colour us impressed.
In truth, they typically manage this feat with all their games, but sometimes they hit the mark better than others, with Gunslingers’ Gold being a prime example of success. This classic slot is traditional, yet it has the lightness of a contemporary one armed bandit, which in turn opens it up to all walks of gamers. What is more, the subtle positioning of the design, coupled with the accessible genre, make it one that both genders can savour when gaming.
True to their form, the control panel has been removed and has been replaced with a few glowing blue buttons. The fact that we have integrated controls means that the gameplay is more immersive and so too are the aesthetics – we can feel like we’re in that saloon. And that’s even in spite of the fact that the imagery is cartoony, and so it lacks any realism or tangible textures.
Before you start spinning, you’ll want to check that the settings are suitable for your needs, which means you need to go into the Stakes and Lines table. This is easy to find, thanks to the user friendly navigation, and so within a simple click you’ll be able to alter the number of winlines and your min/max bets. There’s 15 paylines, with gamers able to decrease all the way down to 1, and there’s several betting settings, with the lowest being 0.01 and the greatest being 1 credit. This then turns wagers into the final sums of between 0.15 and 15 coins.
Next we move to the Menu and the paytable, which again has been designed for your convenience. We’d say that it’s a little cluttered in comparison to other Nektan slots, such as Troll’s Tale, but it does the job of informing you of all the necessary returns. All the payouts are multipliers of your maximum bet, which means your stake has a direct impact on the type of real cash prize you receive. Some Nektan games do this, while others don’t; personally, we find them no less troublesome than any other betting system.
Out of all 13 symbols, the card suit 10 is the lowest, coming in at between x10 and x100, depending on the number of tiles found, while the Gunslingers’ Gold is the highest. This tile can gift users between x100 and x500, which although considerable, isn’t as rewarding as other Nektan pokies.
As we’re in the west, and bandits are afoot, we need to take our share of bounties to make a living. This is where the spin symbol comes in handy, for it is the bandit we seek, and once found we can receive a hefty reward of 30 free spins; that’s quite the prize. To get your hands on the goods, you’ll need to line up at least three of the symbol, on any one of the paylines we’ve already mentioned above. Once that happens, the free games will begin, and you’ll be able to leisurely work your way through them. And better still, you’ll be able to trigger the fun once again, should you find more spin symbols during this time.
We’ve had a rooting tooting time with Gunslingers’ Gold, and are certain that you’ll feel the same. What we love most is that this Nektan pokie looks like a bland game, but then it turns into anything but, and it doesn’t lay on the features too thickly. You get a balanced playthrough, but one that you can easily pick up and put down, which is most convenient when gaming on the move.