Western Gold 2 Double Barrel Review

From Just For The Win

Western Gold 2 Double Barrel is a long-anticipated sequel to Just For The Win’s Western adventure. It has a truly epic background and delivers high risk gameplay on 5 reels with 50 fixed paylines. It’s a surprisingly tough game with big potential – collect scatters in a barrel for up to 10,000x wins and enjoy free spins, level-ups, and multipliers, climaxing with a Super Free Spins round with up to 25,000x to play for!

OUR RATING:

Score
7.5

Name:  Western Gold 2 Double Barrel

Developer:  Just For The Win

Paylines:  50

Reels:  5

Rows:  4

RTP:  96.15%

Variance:  High

Top Payout:  25,000x

Jackpot:  No

Release Date:  May 2022

Features:  Scatter Collection, Free Spins, Multipliers, Super Free Spins

About This Slot

Western Gold 2 Double Barrel is the latest release from long-time Microgaming partner’s, Just For The Win, whose back catalogue includes top titles like The Bandit and the Baron, Scarab Kingdom, and Plenty of Presents amongst others. This is a Wild West themed slot – a tried and tested source of inspiration in slots gaming and the idea behind classics like Dead or Alive (NetEnt), the Sticky Bandits trilogy (Quickspin) and more recently darker titles like those from bad boys, No Limit City, including Deadwood and Tombstone RIP.

So, can JFTW bring anything new to the table? From the visuals it looks like they’ve been spinning a mixture of Sticky Bandits and one of Pragmatic Play’s prairie-themed games, such are the golden hues and wild horses running across the background. It’s certainly eye-catching stuff. Meanwhile, the gameplay itself is fast and furious – it features a 5×4 reel set and 40 fixed paylines with high value scatters dropping prizes of up to 10,000x, multiplier boosts and super free spins.

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RTP, Variance and Top Payout

Western Gold 2 Double Barrel is a high variance slot. It has an RTP of 96.15% which is about average for Just For The Win. The high risk level is offset at least a little by the significant potential for big wins – the top payout is advertised at 25,000x. Note as well that top scatters on their own can bring instant rewards of 10,000x so there is certainly potential to see some decent payouts, though keep in mind that volatility level will make things difficult. The hit frequency – percentage of winning spins – is set at 35.18%.

Spins start at 20p per play which combined with the high variance makes it off-putting for those looking for a casual spin with low stakes. You can check it all out on mobile, desktop and tablet.

Symbols and Graphics

Western Gold 2 Double Barrel is a sequel to Western Gold 2 and shares similar graphics, symbols and backdrop display. Behind the reel set is an epic scene of sweeping canyons and deserts whilst a catchy soundtrack completes the wild west vibe.

The symbols on the reels mix up some classic slots iconography with some traditional Wild West ones. Cards, hats, boots and classic six-shooter pistols appear with payouts of between 1x-1.5x per bet for a five of a kind match up.

Premium icons are made up of the BARs in triple, double and single format. Successfully getting five in a line with these BARs can be worth between x3-17.5. There is also a heavy-hitter ‘7’ symbol which can produce a whopping x30 bet if you are lucky enough to land a five of a kind.

In addition, there are three specials – wilds that can sub in for all other icons to complete a winline, horseshoe scatters which trigger instant payouts, and sherrifs badge free spins symbols that unlock the free spins round.

What We Like

  Epic western backdrop with wide skyline
  Fun scatter collection feature
  Super free spins with enhanced payouts
  High value - 10,000x - scatter payouts
  Useful multiplier features

What We Don't Like

  Very high variance so tough to play

Gameplay and Features

All good things start with a scatter here! You want as many of them as you can find on a single spin and there are TWO features or BARRELS to unlock.

  • The CASH BARREL is unlocked by hitting at least FOUR SCATTERS on one spin. For between 4 and 12 scatters prizes of 1x, 5x, 15x, 25x, 50x, 100x, 250x, 1,000x and 10,000x are triggered.
  • Now look out for the SHERRIF’S BADGE free spins icon which lands on reels 2, 3 and 4 – THREE or more gets you THREE FREE SPINS.
  • Look out as well for MORE SCATTERS or MUSTANG symbols because they re-set your free spins total during the bonus round. Effectively a re-trigger.
  • MULTIPLIERS? We’ve got them too – starting at 1x and potentially boosted by the Feature Barrel.
  • During Free Spins there is a slight tweak to the rules too – ALL your scatter wins are collected and paid out when the round ends.
  • The FEATURE BARREL is now available too whenever a MUSTANG lands on reel 5. Then you get one spin of the barrel which can release any of the following:

 

  • Cash collect (gives the total value of the Cash Barrel)
  • A multiplier boost (+1 to win multiplier)
  • Upgrade barrel (Cash Barrel prizes are increased)
  • Reset (+1 to resets for spin count)
  • A super free spin upgrade.

Western Gold 2 also features a series of free spins. The basic free spins can be generated by picking up sheriff’s badges when they appear on reels 2-4. Players can claim three free spins by landing three sheriff’s badges in one spin.

Finally, there is also a SUPER FREE SPINS round. These are triggered when two WRANGLER symbols appear on the first and fifth reels together with three free spin symbols appearing between them on the second, third and fourth reels. Or when the FEATURE BARREL gives you an upgrade from standard free spins.

NOTE: during Super Free Spins all gameplay is the same EXCEPT the scatter prizes are paid out on EVERY spin rather than at the end of the round. So, the cash barrel will keep filling up, and keep paying out with each play, giving the opportunity for seriously high accumulated prizes!

Our Verdict

Western Gold Double Barrel looked at first site like a pretty run of the mill Western slot with a pleasant backdrop and standard settings. However, it has the potential to be something much more fearsome than that. The scatter-pays mechanic is a bit off the beaten track and it really comes into its own in the super free spins round where you can pick up some seriously big wins as scatters are paid out after each spin. Accumulating a large number of these symbols at this point is going to be a wild ride – expect some decent big win videos cropping up for this game. The trick of course is going to be unlocking that round, so keep your eyes peeled for those Wrangler symbols to drop.

In our opinion this is going to be a devilishly good high-risk game in time and one that could surprise a few punters with its aggressive game engine and wild potential this year.

Useful Resources

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