Cowboys and Aliens
Now come on let’s face it, whose excitement level doesn’t perk up when you hear that slot title alone? Playtech’s Cowboys and Aliens slot is one for those of us who like our adventure delivered on the big n’ brash scale.
This is a game that pits you, the player, and a cast of other tough nuts as the last hope in town, well on this planet anyway. Here in a dusty cowboy town we, the tough time reel riding cowboys of the title, are out to save the world from a band of menacing aliens- of course. What a combo!
How am I looking?
This game from Playtech- the people behind the Top Trumps Celebs slot – looks like a comic book, just like the original that inspired the movie of the same name. The styling is all graphic novel with its hand-drawn look and feel and its retro touches. I had something more high-tech in my mind when I heard the title but it’s partially the comic book theming that makes this game something out of the ordinary.
The soundtrack lulls the player into this dustbowl town setting, there’s a twanging guitar and harmonica readying us the battle we’re about to stage on the reels. Once your wins start, expect a cowboy jig to break the tension and bring those coins home.
Cowboys and Aliens is a five reel, 3 rows and 9 payline slot. If you want more pay-lines, head to something like the Ace Ventura Pet Detective slot, or Gladiator.
So you know that something is about to happen as soon as you see those reels. They’re set against a bleached out main street in the middle of the desert which has already seen a high noon battle or two, all broken woodwork and debris.
The icons are all animated graphics from the comic action adventure book heyday. Here the important icons are our pals in planet protection, the main dude a cowboy (he’d appreciate our Golden Mane slot machine), a preacher man, a cowgirl, and a Native American- the exception a scary green-faced alien. The other icons are the A through 10 of the card pack.
The Wild is a dramatic fiery alien spacecraft and the Scatter is the game’s logo. The Bonus icon is an alien riding a small hovering machine.
Spinning our way to saving the world?
If you get 3 of the Scatter icons, the game logo, will get you a healthy 8 spins all for free. These spins add a little sweetener to the end of the world; each spin adds a Wild to the mix, increasing the odds of a win.
Shooting those critters
If you can grab the Bonus icon on reels 1 and 5 you trigger the Alien Attack Bonus, this means you get your moment to get those bad guy Martians. YES!
You choose which of 3 heroes you use to try to dispatch 3 Martians based on the skills, weapon and ammo of your character of choice. If can choose the dude/ette for the job then you can go on to win further prizes.
Alien Weapon Feature
There’s one more treat in store. Watch out for the Alien Weapon Feature. In this mode an alien weapon icon that turns up on reel 1. When this appears you’ll notice that the weapon picks a number 1-4 on the gun’s barrel. This number of shots will then take out random symbols on the reels 2-5 (not the Wild or Scatter) turning those spots into Wilds.
I loved the comic book look and feel. I do love a good ‘get the Martians’ game and Cowboys and Aliens slot is just the territory for a good old slot time shoot out. I’ll be back to take on the bad green guys again soon!