John Wayne is a slot straight from the Wild West courtesy of Playtech. It has 5 reels and a maximum of 25 lines, and is based around the legendary American film icon John ‘The Duke’ Wayne, star of well over a century of movies from his first appearance in 1926 up to his final role half a century later. Mr Wayne – who for some reason chose ‘John Wayne’ as his performer name over his birth name ‘Marion Mitchell Morrison’ – is probably the most famous screen cowboy of all time, and sadly passed away in 1979.
John Wayne Gameplay and Symbols
The symbols used in this slot are all cowboy-themed including three black-and-white images of Mr Wayne himself. There are other ‘wild west’ styled icons, including a cowboy boot, a neckerchief, a cowboy hat and a sheriff’s badge. Also here are those pesky-varmint playing card values from ten to ace.
This online slots game has a maximum of twenty-five pay lines, and you can select as many as you want in play for each spin. You can also choose your line bet from 0.01 to 50.00, meaning your final wager is the number of lines you choose multiplied by the size of your coin. This gives you a range of bets from 0.01 all the way up to a gold-strikin’ 1,250.00.
There are a range of possible payouts available, and you win them by landing at least three identical symbols in sequence from the left hand reel on any one of your active pay lines. The lowest payout is 5x your bet-per-line for three tens, jacks or queens, up to the jackpot of 3,000x for five ‘John Wayne Wild’ symbols.
When you’re happy with your bet, and when you think it’s to get off your horse and chance your luck, hit that spin button to see if you can win.
John Wayne Bonus Features
Wild Symbol: A colourful image of everyone’s favourite old-time cowboy acts as the wild symbol and substitutes for all other symbols aside from the ‘Duke’s Badge’ symbol and the ‘Bonus’ symbol.
Ranch Bonus Feature: If you land a bonus symbol anywhere on reels one, three and five on the same spin, then you trigger the ‘Ranch Bonus’ feature.
You are taken through to a shooting gallery where you load up and get firing at some rusty old tins cans. You are automatically awarded three free games with a x1 multiplier, but by hitting the cans you can earn yourself extra free games, bigger multipliers, extra bullets, a free games re-trigger, a mystery extra wild symbol or a mystery extra scatter symbol.
Once you’ve run out of bullets your free spins commence with any extra bonuses you’ve accrued.
The Duke’s Badge Feature: If you land three or more rusty sheriff’s stars on the reels anywhere for any one spin, you are through to the ‘The Dukes Badge’ Feature. You select your badges and behind them are random cash prizes. The more sheriff’s stars you land, the bigger your final prize is likely to be.
John Wayne Conclusion
John Wayne ruled the silver screen as a cowboy icon for fifty years, but is ‘The Duke’ likely to rule the world of online slots for just as long? Well, maybe not, but this is still a wonderful addition to Playtech’s portfolio of online slots games.
The graphics have been really nicely done, and once you reach the can-shooting stage, things can get really exciting as you amass free games, multipliers and extra bonuses such as the ‘more free games’ symbol which, whenever it lands, adds to your total of bonus spins. All-in-all, a fine slot to make all those evenings sitting around the campfire chowing down on cold beans much more bearable!