Bounty Belles: Slot Overview
When you picture the Wild West, one of the first things that springs to mind is a weather-beaten cowboy bobbing into town on his trusty steed, ready to shoot up anyone who accidentally spills moonshine on his boots at the saloon. Developer iSoftBet turns this stereotype on its head in their slot Bounty Belles which stars not one lady cowgirl, but three, alongside features such as Wild Bounties, Most Wanted Bounties, free spins and multipliers.
While the leading ladies might be somewhat original, the game’s setting is pretty standard. Here we find a 5-reel, 243 win way grid out in the desert, a setting sun casting purple rays over a saloon surrounded by canyons and cactuses. Due to the isolation and subject matter, there is a sort of Salinas, East of Eden thing going on, though nothing as untoward happens here as it does in the Steinbeck novel. Accompanying the stock imagery is a typical Western soundtrack plinking away in the background. Despite being a tad generic, the audio-visuals manage to imbue a satisfying Western atmosphere, making sinking into the game to see what happens next an enjoyable prospect.
Bounty Belles is playable on any device, offering the usual range of iSoftBet stakes from 20 p/c to £/€20 per spin. The game may look a little cartoonish at first, but its math model runs on a high volatility, capable of producing sizeable wins. Hits are frequent too, coming at a rate of roughly 1 in 3 spins, or 32.61% to be exact. The all-important RTP is 95.99%, so all in all, Bounty Belles is pretty dependable from a mathematical standpoint.
As mentioned above, the game starts by providing 243 ways to win, though this figure is increased when certain features kick in, up to a maximum of 1,125. Wins are formed of three or more matching symbols left to right from the first reel, regardless of row height. The symbols themselves consist of 10-A card royals in a standard Western font, followed by Stetsons, horseshoes, bags of cash, a safe, and crossed revolvers. As to values, five premiums of a kind are worth payouts of 3.75 to 10 times your stake. Last, is a sheriff badge wild, replacing any symbol in a winning combination, except the bonus symbol. It also plays a pivotal role in one of the features covered next.
Bounty Belles: Slot Features
Wild symbols appearing on reels 1 and 2, start Wild Bounty Mode. Here, reels 3 to 5 can expand by up to 2 rows. Landing bounty symbols (the three character symbols) on reels 3, 4 or 5 during Bounty Mode awards whatever prizes they display. This could be cash values of 2x to 8x the bet, or, Minor, Major or Grand Jackpots worth 30x, 50x, or 100x the stake. These last three only appear on the fifth reel.
Bounty Belles might not be a game you play for big jackpots, though things can turn out positively during free spins. These are triggered when 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols land to award 10, 12, or 15 free spins. Wild Bounty Mode may activate on any free spin, and the round can be retriggered once.
One more extra has the chance of showing up in free spins - the Deadman’s Draw. At random, a bunch of cards are dealt, then shot until there is one left standing. Whatever multiplier this card carries is applied to the next winning spin.
Bounty Belles: Slot Verdict
It’s nice to see iSoftBet, in a rare and bold move, go all Ocean’s 8 and cast an all-female line-up. You don’t see that every day in a Western slot. You might find one token female on the paytable, yet rarely is there an all-star cast of lady gunslingers. Good on iSoftBet for addressing the gender imbalance. They should also be commended for not making them busty wenches popping cleavage all over the place which is not uncommon in a female-led game. Obviously, it makes no difference to the gameplay, but the reversal is a pretty woke move on their part. It might have been even better if the three lassies had been paired with a massive game that tore shreds out of some players while rewarding the chaps off others. Ah well, gender parity happens in stages.
In its favour, Bounty Belles is a well-made slot. It looks nice, transitions to free spins are cool, the commentary adds an extra feminine touch, plus its country soundtrack is the right fit. It all makes Bounty Belles come across as a solid Western slot, though one that’s not exactly unmissable for players not besotted with the theme. Other than the three female leads, there isn’t much overly new to check out, aside from perhaps the expanding reels during Wild Bounty Mode, or Deadman’s Draw. Landing a Grand jackpot symbol, or two, does provoke an adrenaline spike, yet they don’t tend to be worth masses of coins - definitely not as much as the exciting soundtrack accompanying them in free spins might suggest. Seriously, it’s like someone pointed shooters at the band and told them to pick up the pace. At best, potential maxes out at 10,877 times the stake.
To sum up, Bounty Belles was an enjoyable game to test run, with several things of note. It did come across as a little light yet provided fun, laid back cowgirl gaming all the same. It’ll help if players are really into the theme, or girl power perhaps, but Bounty Belles stops short of being a huge Western-themed slot that general players will be lining up to crack.
Bounty Belles has enough elements to make it an entertaining slot, yet you can’t help feel iSoftBet could have pushed it harder to make it a great one.