Designed by Present Creative, and available exclusively on Microgaming’s Quickfire platform, A Western Tail is a game that takes a popular theme, related to the Wild West, and turns it into a slot which has dogs for main characters. There are no humans in sight, it’s a dog’s world out there, and the graphics are cute enough to get our interest. Let’s see if the rest of it is just as interesting.
They’ve added 25 lines to an above average sized game area, of 5x4 reels. Payout wise, they only go up to 500x the stake, which is not impressive, particularly since the slot combines it with medium volatility. On the other hand, the game ends up paying back enough, since the RTP is 96.50%. Features will come with wilds, scatters, free spins and bonus games, so you get a little bit of everything.
Betting and Prizes
The typical wagers are on the low side, and you will find that they only go from $0.25 to $5. It’s possible that it could be bigger at some casinos though.
Moving on to the game’s potential, it’s going to be fairly low, especially as this is considered a Medium volatility slot. The best combinations pay 20x the stake each, and they can end up paying 500x the stake in a single round, provided that you fill up the reels with those wilds (much more likely for the free spins).
I’d note here that the slot gets a Return to Player of 96.50%, a fair enough amount, which should give the player decent reasons to check it out, if they enjoy the rest of it. Overall though, it doesn’t feel like they’ve thought things through, payout wise, they could’ve adjusted the game to be more appealing.
A Western Tail Slot Features
The jackpot symbol is also going to be the wild here. It’s the one marked with the Wild logo, which shows a pair of Colt six shooters. You may use this one as a substitute, and it can be useful even with a single symbol in that case. Another way is to have it part of the same line, on 3+ positions, so that it can pay directly. Its own wins are the highest of the game, offering you up to 20x the round’s stake.
10 free spins can be triggered when the player lands three or more scatter symbols on the five reels. Those have the image of the Horseshoe, and they are used to both trigger a feature, and to decide how many Royal symbols are going to be used as extra wilds for the duration. 1 to 3 extra wilds are available, for 3 to 5 triggering scatters. There is no option to retrigger this feature, and it’s obvious why, since the potential to trigger the jackpot is pretty good.
The final feature, a bonus game, is activated via its own scattered bonus symbols. The feature is called Cash Grab and it requires the presence of three symbols. You pick one of the triggering Money Bags, to get a prize that goes as high as 50x the stake.
Theme & Design
The Wild West theme is always popular, and coupled with the use of dogs for main characters, I’d say that it’s doing fairly well. Cartoon-style graphics were used, of good quality, so this part of the game does well. The symbols include pistols, money bags, horseshoes, several dogs acting as characters (sheriff, villain, gambler, banker) and then the Royals.
A Western Tail looks like a decent game, but I’m not a fan of its mix of medium volatility and low top payouts. It’s not going to be overly original feature wise either, though the free spins could prove to be easy to take advantage of.