Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys and Aliens is a branded slot game from Playtech. It is based on a graphic novel, in comic strip format, released by Platinum Studios in 2006. In 2011 it was adapted as a sci-fi film. Gunslingers Zeke Jackson and Verity Jones team up with Apaches led by Chief Medicine Crow to defeat aliens who are attempting to take over the Earth. The symbols and graphics have been created in comic book style to go with the original and there are several bonus features taken from the theme.

Cowboys and Aliens

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Cowboys and Aliens Gameplay + Symbols

Most of the symbols that award payouts are characters from the Cowboys and Aliens story. These include Jackson, Jones and Medicine Crow, who are immediately recognizable. The green monster is the alien leader Commander Rado Dar. Alan Cross is the founder of Silver City, where the action takes place. Other symbols include alien spaceships and weapons and the usual playing card icons. Watch out for Western style audio visual animations during the win combinations.

Cowboys and Aliens is a nine paylines video slot. Do not write it off because of this. There are several exciting features. All nine paylines are enabled by default. The line bet varies from 0.01 to 100.00 and therefore the total bet varies from 0.09 to 900.00. Both low rollers and high rollers will be comfortable with this bet range. The first of the features is Any Adjacent Pay. This does away with the winning combinations starting from the left most reel. The symbols need to only be on active paylines and on adjacent reels. The line payouts for five of a kind symbols start with 75 coins and go up to 10,000 coins.

Cowboys and Aliens Bonus Features

Wild Symbol: The alien spaceship is the wild symbol. It substitutes for all symbols except the bonus and scatter symbols. It also awards the highest line payout of 10,000 coins.

Scatter Symbol: The Cowboys & Aliens logo is the scatter symbol. It awards scatter payouts when two or more appear anywhere on the reels. These are multiplied by the total bet. Five scatter symbols award a payout of 500 coins. Three or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels award 8 free spins with Comic Strip Wilds. During every free spin a highlighted rectangle appears on the reels. When the reels stop, the symbols in the rectangle become wilds. The rectangle will cover different areas in different spins. The scatter and bonus symbols do not appear in the free spins.

Bonus Symbol: The bonus symbol appearing on reels 1 and 5 at the same time triggers the Alien Attack bonus. You have to choose from Verity, Zeke or the Indian warrior to fight the aliens. Zeke uses a gun with 6 bullets and high accuracy hits. Verity uses a whip with 20 shots and low accuracy hits. The Indian uses 12 arrows with medium accuracy hits. The aliens will attack in three waves. For each kill you can win one of three prizes. The first is a cash bonus. The second is a 2x multiplier that will be applied to cash accumulated till that point. The third is more ammunition. The bonus ends when all ammunition is used or all aliens are dead.

Alien Weapon: When the alien weapon appears on reel 1, up to four symbols on the last four reels will be turned into wilds. The payouts are awarded after the transformation.

Cowboys and Aliens Conclusion

You do not need to be familiar with the plot to enjoy this fantastic slot machine from Playtech. It is a high variance slot machine, with the top payout being much larger than the rest. But you will score frequent smaller sized wins throughout gameplay, as well as in the bonus features.

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