2020 might not have been the greatest year for a lot of people, but others didn’t fare too badly. One studio that consistently blew minds was Nolimit City who released a regular stream of great titles. A crucial aspect was the innovative features, many prefaced by an ‘x’, yet few games put them to such good use as the Western extravaganza Deadwood.
Using a Western theme gives developers a bit of head start to begin with in many ways. The gritty atmosphere, the gun-slinging visuals, and fantastic attitude are fertile ground for slots – yet saturation does dullen the sheen. It’s a case of hats off to Nolimit City then for applying the theme in ways that have rarely been experienced before. As well as nailing the look, the soundtrack is an absolute riot and is instrumental in upgrading a great slot into a legendary one.
Firing up Deadwood is like sauntering bow-legged into town to blow the wad of dollars in your pocket from rounding up cattle, or robbing the stagecoach. Nolimit City stunned when Tombstone shook up the genre, yet Deadwood expands upon every element of the earlier hit, including potential.
While not stretching the game to its limit, this clip is a great example of what Deadwood is capable of. Here it’s a case of building a solid multiplier then unleashing it on just the right spin. Hitting three scatters starts us off by awarding the bonus game, presenting two tough choices. The first is 8 Hunter Spins, where a wild is guaranteed on every spin, switching position each time. Despite being highly volatile, it pales in comparison to the selected feature – 8 Gunslinger Spins, offering a sticky multiplier, rated ‘Extremely Volatile.’
The multiplier increases whenever a Hunter Wild lands, without limit. The beauty is that when Hunter Wilds are xNudged fully into view; each position they move increases the multiplier by +1. In this way, by the end of the clip, the player has accrued a substantial modifier.
Until then though, free spins progress slowly but surely, nothing spectacular rearing up. The extra spin won from the sheriff’s badge near the end of the round is a good bit of fortune because it is on the final spin when Deadwood kicks its spurs in and goes mental. Landing three Hunter Wilds on the middle reels is always going to produce a kick, yet in conjunction with an x22 multiplier and two premiums on the outer reels, it is something special indeed. Next thing we know a couple of hogs are grunting their way through a shower of coins. As strange as that sentence may sound, this is exactly what you want to see when playing Deadwood as it signifies a sizeable count up.
If you haven’t played Deadwood before, it might be a surprise to learn Gunslinger Free Spins aren’t the main attraction. That honour goes to Shoot Out Free Spins which can transform low pay symbols to highs on the middle three reels. Naturally, they are tricky to trigger, or expensive, if opting for the controversial 750x feature buy.
Shoot Out Free Spins are arguably the most conducive place to hit Deadwood’s max potential, though it’s unlikely to bother this lucky player who pocketed an impressive 7,951x their stake. Further proof, if it was needed, of the raging bronco lurking at the heart of Deadwood. It’s no fluke Deadwood is a nominee in Bigwinboard’s game of the year awards, so if you think it’s done enough to claim the top spot make sure to cast your vote!