Showdown Saloon Slots
The advantages of modern day gambling cannot be overstated. You can play whenever you want, you can do so on your phone or computer, and most importantly, you will not be shot in the chest because someone thought you were cheating! None of those things used to be true in Wild West, but that did not stop the gamblers of old from indulging in their favourite hobby. As luck favours certain players, and that bottle of whiskey is slowly emptying, it is only a matter of time before we see a showdown in the saloon. The slot is played on a 5x3 playing field with 15 fixed paylines. The game’s bonuses include stacked mystery icons, re-spins and a free spins special feature.
How to PlayThis Fortune Factory title created for Microgaming online casinos does not offer the same visual fidelity as other slots, but the atmosphere it creates is unparalleled. The background image shows gambling chips, bullets, playing cards and even a revolver sitting out in the open, clearly in the midst of a heated round of poker. There are not many interesting animations, but we do like symbols coming together to form giant icons under the right circumstances. Showdown Saloon is played on a standard 5x3 playing field, where wins are granted by connecting three or more identical symbols in adjacent reels from left to right, following the fifteen active paylines. In the gameplay and with the special features it offers, the game feels like an upgraded version of Romanov Riches, which is coincidentally also made by Fortune Factory. It is different enough to avoid the label of clone, but it does skirt dangerously close.
Betting Options and PayoutGamblers can wager between $0.20 up to $100 per spin, and that is a decent betting spread for both casual players and high rollers. The title has high volatility and an RTP of 96.158%, which is average compared to other slots released by the same developer. The maximum win is worth 750x your total stake.
Symbols and Extra FeaturesSymbols include playing card royals: 10, J, Q, K and A, as well as a pair of dice, a bottle of whiskey and two glasses, blue gambling chips, and a revolver. A handful of playing cards are Wild while the cowboy with two revolvers represents Scatter used to trigger free spins. Each base and free spins reel has a stack of mystery icons that are replaced by a single symbol from the reels, with each icon decided independently for each reel. When between two to four fully stacked symbols appear on the playing field, a re-spin is triggered. Additional stacks may appear to expand the winning combination, and if this happens, another re-spin is granted. Re-spins end when the reel is completely covered by a single icon or the score cannot be expanded any further. Finally, three, four or five fully stacked Scatters reward 5, 10 or 15 free spins.
Our VerdictThe atmosphere of Showdown Saloon has yet to be matched by anything else. The gameplay is a natural evolution of Fortune Factory’s previous game, although we hope the developers will try something different for their next title rather than continue to iterate the same concept over and over.
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