Playtech’s Cowboys and Aliens Pokie Review
December 5, 2014
The wild west is a scene that generated a lot of action of its own, and Playtech has taken advantage of that with the Cowboys and Aliens pokie. This game puts a spin on the traditional Cowboys and Indians theme that's so popular in television and film, and it brings aliens into the mix. Cowboys and Aliens is known for having a high volatility, a low barrier of entry and a very atypical layout for the paylines. Overall, this is a really fun game, but you'll probably want to cut back your bet sizes a little to compensate for the high volatility.
With Cowboys and Aliens, you're going to have five reels with three rows, and there are nine paylines spread across those rows. You can bet a single coin on each payline only. However, there's an exceptionally wide range of coin sizes that range from $0.01 to $100 each to make it easy to find a bet size that works well for you. The options in this game are pretty good, and they are geared towards giving you a lot of flexibility to customize your experience to what you want it to be.
One source of the high volatility of this game is in the atypical payline format. It's designed in a way that gives more weight to symbols that line up on horizonal rows across the center three reels. The spaceship is wild, and it shows up on all paylines for a chance at a 10,000x top win if you get five of them. There are other wins in the four-figure range, but it's clear to see that this top payout is a lot larger than any other prize in the game other than five of the scattered Cowboys and Aliens logo symbol which will give you a 9,000x win via 100x your total bet.
You can get a free spins bonus feature with three or more logos which gives you eight free turns with extra wilds added. Another feature is triggered by getting the bonus symbol on the first and last reels at the same time. You can get this Alien Attack Bonus where you choose between three characters that will shoot at aliens. Zeke, Indian Warrior and Verity all have different weapons with different levels of accuracy and a different number of shots to win, so you have to pick the one that you think will do the best for you.