Get ready to sling those guns and ride with some cowboys out into the Wild Wild West with the Heart of the Frontier mobile slot from Playtech. The software developer spins a new take on the old west with an all-female cast of characters. This progressive video slot features both a sheriff and a bandit for some good ol' cowboy fun with heaps of free spins and a thrilling bonus game!
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|Release Date||June 2016|
|Slot type||Progressive Video Slot|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.09%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||Five reels/20 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||£0.20 – £2000|
|Features||Free spins, Expanding Wilds|
|Pros||Lots of bonuses, well-illustrated reels|
Circling the wagon around Heart of the Frontier reveals it to be a five-reel, 20-payline game. The minimum stake is 20p, but the maximum stretches right up to £2000 per spin, which is one of the highest max settings on an online slot. Playtech has attached an Autoplay feature, which can be set to 10, 25, 50 or 99 spins. There’s also a nifty Turbo Mode button next to it, which hastens the speed of the game.
There are five female symbols to watch out for, taking up the entire reel, including a lasso maker, a Native American and a showgirl. The other two are the Sheriff and Bandit, both of which are expanding wilds. There are also smaller paying icons like traditional numbers and letters, brilliantly illustrated here with playing cards.
On top of this is the sheriff’s badge and a horseshoe, but the most lucrative paying symbol is the Wild, which is represented by the game’s logo and substitutes for all symbols save for Expanding Wilds.
Two Stacked Wilds can lead to a bonus Showdown Free Games segment. If one of these appears, they'll lock into the reel where they first appeared and move left or right after every spin.
Scoring both Stacked Wilds on the reels at the same time thrusts players into the Showdown bonus game. Here the Sheriff and the Bandit are locked in a high noon duel, giving the player five free spins with two of the reels already Wild. Even better, if another Expanding Wild lands during the free games, these stay fixed in position.
Once the free spins are over, the sheriff and bandit will finish their shootout. When the smoking guns have settled, one of the two Stacked Wilds will remain, representing the victor. Players have one more spin left with the Stacked Wild locked before it disappears.
Unlike snail mail back in the old days, Heart of the Frontier's animation is as quick and as slick as Billy the Kidd’s trigger finger. When the expanding Wilds land, out pops an explosive animation that sets them apart in their own frame. The game is compatible with any device, including smartphones, via an internet browser.
An all-female ensemble of Wild West characters in a typically male-dominated game is something that Playtech should be commended on. It retains that classic Western feel with the typical saloon and hotel backdrop, with all the buildings constructed from timber.
The Showdown Bonus adds a daring element to the gameplay and makes playing long enough to trigger these bonus games all the more enjoyable.
Heart of the Frontier is an expertly executed online slot. There’s no snakes to be found in your boots, just five welcoming women who give a much-needed facelift to a macho genre.