Playas, ay caramba! Looks like we’re going to the Wild West with Play’n GO’s Wild Trigger slot machine, a Western-themed shoot ’em up. True to its name, the West was a very lawless region, but that didn’t mean it didn’t have its share of hilarity. Actually, ironic would be a better term than comic to describe Wild Trigger. In this Western, Clint McGraw and Dottie Fields pull out one of the largest bank robberies ever committed in the Western genre. But now that they have the booty in their possession, they are unwilling to divide it. The two crooks have a reel showdown with bonuses like Walkdown Re-spins and Duel Free Spins to settle the score.
When Wild Trigger loads, menacing birds can be heard circling overhead before the camera pans down to a desolate settlement in the middle of nowhere, typical of the Wild West. Play’n GO has created what has to be one of the sexiest looking slots on the market, regardless of your opinion on the rest of the game. We don’t mean “hot” like Paris Hilton does; rather, we mean “hot” as in very warm. Wild Trigger makes the screen sizzle with its combination of a heat haze effect, sepia tones, and an abundance of dust.
Wild Trigger’s 5×4 game panel melts into the chaos with its 20 paylines that often pay left to right but can pay either direction. The active direction may be seen by looking to the side of the reels, where arrows are conveniently placed. A little excessive considering they only pay both ways during respins or free spins, but still useful. Wild Trigger is a medium-volatile slot machine where you may wager anywhere from 2 pence to £/€100 each spin. The version with the highest return to player value, 96.2%, is available.
Payouts for five identical symbols range from 1.5x to 7.5x the wager for the lowest value symbols (10–A). Five of a kind of bourbon bottles, hats’ n boots, guns, dynamite, or bags of gold are worth 12.5-50 times the initial wager. Wild Trigger’s features would not be complete without the inclusion of the game’s two wild symbols, which may replace any other icon on the reels.
Video Slot Feature: Wild Retrigger
Wilds can appear on reels 1 and/or 5, covering the entire reel whenever they appear. When you get 1 of them, you’ll enter a Walkdown Respin where the wild stays in place and paylines pay both ways. If both wilds appear at the same time, you’ll win 10 Duel Free Games. Both wilds remain in place during the free spins bonus round, and the grid rewards in both directions.
Slot Machine’s Wild Reward Decision
The setting of Wild Trigger is one of the most barren seen in a Western-themed slot machine. Everything about this image is rather bleak: the heat haze, the dust, the argument between two former partners, the buzzards. However, this is somewhat of a facade, since Wild Trigger is, upon closer inspection, one of the’softer’ Westerns we’ve seen in a while. This does not make it a poor game in and of itself, but if you’re hoping to become a local legend, good luck.
The reason for this is because Wild Trigger targets a distinct group of gunslingers than the majority of Western-themed slot machines. Players who want a less tense atmosphere and aren’t necessarily looking for the greatest payouts can enjoy Western-themed slot machines. Then, everyone here may be on board with Wild Trigger’s plans. Its function is surprisingly close to that of the rap slot Hustling, played by a Red Tiger. Both games have a pay both ways, wilds at both ends dynamic, but Wild Trigger is the less complicated option. The maximum payout on this slot machine is just 2,000 times the initial wager, so it’s not quite a jackpot machine. This is hardly the kind of stuff you’d want to cheat a friend out of.
You can’t get much more concise or sweet than that. Wild Trigger isn’t a game that rushes in with both barrels blazing, and it never does. Sticky wilds are pretty much it in terms of features, so the gameplay can get a little stale after a time. Perhaps the game might have progressed more quickly had wilds walked during respins, or a multiplier function been implemented at some time, or anything else. The 2c wagers may be helpful, but Wild Trigger seems to be overcome by a drowsiness that the on-screen heat could not cause.