One of IGT’s many specialities is putting their own unique twist on the themes that we have seen many times before, and it would seem that this was their goal in the creation of Western Belles. The vast majority of our readers will have encountered the Wild West theme before, either right here in the IGT range or elsewhere. However, the leading character is often the John Wayne type or a group of outlaws. Rarely do the ladies of the era get their chance to shine, but they are precisely what this game is all about, and it does indeed provide for just the change of pace that players might have been hoping for. There is a big base game and a tasty feature to enjoy too, so we can certainly see this slot giving all sorts of players a reason to celebrate.
What to Expect
There are only so many ways for designers and developers to interpret the Wild West theme. The setting was so iconic that we already had a fair idea of what to expect from the look and feel on this one and we were certainly not disappointed with what we found. The various Western Belles serve as the most valuable symbols and they are backed up by some playing card icons that do not look bad at all. There are forty lines of action in play and one further consideration when it comes to placing your bets. You could play the game straight up, and in the same way as any other forty-line slot, or you could opt instead to up your bet slightly, with the reward being a guaranteed wild reel on every spin. It is chosen at random prior to each one, so you might feel a little ripped off if you get a streak of fifth reel wilds, but we found that the game really stands out with the extra wild reel in play and would definitely recommend making full use of it.
Even if you opt for standard stakes, you will not have to miss out on wild reels altogether. They may not be guaranteed, but every one of the five reels has the main wild card printed in stacks, and you can be sure of seeing wilds on a regular basis here on this game.
The free spins bonus symbol appears only on reels two, three and four and, as expected, players will need to land it on all three of them at the same time in order to trigger the bonus. The spin setup is not the most generous of all, with only five spins offered as standard, but the magic lies in your decision as to whether to take the guaranteed wild reel or not early in the game. When the free spins are active, players will receive not one but two completely wild reels on each and there is no limit on just how many spins can be played through in this manner with more potentially triggered from within the round itself.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Even with just five spins on offer as standard, we found that as long as we had placed the extra bet, the bonus round on Western Belles competes favourably with any other slot out there in terms of value. The rest of the game is impressively solid too, and while we can see why the theme might appeal to some and not to others, as a total package this game is one that we are more than happy to recommend checking out.