Travel to the American Wild West in search of fortune and adventure – let the gold rush lead you to a place where not only cowboys and Indians roam, but also aliens from outer space! Will you uncover the mystery of the aliens and find their treasure? Will the Wild West take you on a wild ride and let you win huge prizes? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" in "Cowboys and Aliens".
Like other games based on comic books, such as the "Spiderman" slots and the marvel roulette, "Cowboys and Aliens" is based on the graphic novel "Cowboys and aliens" that later spawned a movie adaptation. The art is stylish and sleek, giving a unique sci-fi spin to the well-known old west setting. This art supports a well-rounded, highly profitable game – with 3 unique features and wins of up to 10,000 times the line bet, this is one game you shouldn't pass on.
"Cowboys and Aliens" is a 5 reel 9 line slots machine game. The game is comprised of five reels, each emblazoned across its face with the symbols of the game. Clicking the SPIN! button spins these reels, creating a random board of 15 symbols. The goal of the game is to have matching combinations of symbols line up across one or more of the pay-lines – these are lines that connect the reels in 9 different ways, and lining up a matching set along any of those lines wins a reward based on the line bet, multiplied by an amount dictated by the rarity of the lined set, with the highest one being 10,000 times the original line bet.
When you bet, you bet on each pay-line individually, and each line can win or lose on its own accord. This means that each spin can and will often win more than one line – with nine lines, each able to reward you up to 10,000 times the line bet, your potential wins are amazing!
To add some spice to the spins, whenever the blaster symbol appears on the first reel, Zeke will use it to blast the board, adding anywhere between one to four wild symbols to random spots in the second to fifth reel. These wild symbols substitute for any other symbol, and will allow you to create long chains and amazingly profitable sets.
To add even more wins and cash to the player, the free spins feature is enabled in this game. Whenever you get three or more "Cowboys and Aliens" logo symbols anywhere on the board, you immediately get 8 free spins. These spins are based on your line bet when you won them, making higher bets even more profitable, and include the comic panel feature – on each spin, a comic panel will cover two or more spots on the board, making them all wild and increasing your chances to win big!
To give you even more of an edge, whenever the board will show an alien craft symbol on the first and last reel, you'll win the alien attack bonus.
When you win this bonus, you'll be asked to choose one of three brave fighters, each holding a different weapon:
- Zeke holds a blaster, which has only six shots but will almost always hit.
- Verity uses a whip that has twenty strikes but misses easily.
- The Indian warrior uses a bow and arrow, has 12 arrows but will sometimes miss.
Once you choose your fighter, you go to a turkey shoot mini-game, where you have to hit incoming aliens. The more you hit, the higher the prizes – and some will reward extra ammo, a multiplier on all wins and more! If you destroy all the aliens on all three waves, your wins will become huge!
How to play
Playing the Cowboys and Aliens slots is easier than entering a saloon – across the bottom of the screen you'll find the control panel, with these buttons:
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- Info: Shows the pay-table and information about the game.
- Bet: Changes the amount of money you are betting on each line.
- Auto-play: Spins the reels automatically – set how many spins you want and let the reels roll.
- SPIN!: Play the game, shoot some aliens, and come back home with amazing wins!
Tips from the pros
When playing Cowboys and Aliens the most important things is mastering all its different features. Remember that all free spins are based on your line bet, so make sure you have a high enough bet that it would be worth your time. Also, when you win the Alien Attack bonus, choose your fighter carefully – you have to balance accuracy and ammo in a way that will let you kill as many aliens as possible, so plan well and choose wisely.