Thu, Jun 27, 12:56am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:19pm
Few Western’s captured the imagination like the Magnificent 7. The all-star cast of this 1960 classic included Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner. Instead of the actors, you’ll find wanted style posters showing the characters from the movie on the pokies reels. Of course, the 7 from the title doubles up as the familiar slots symbol – this plays a major role in this casino pokie’s free spins bonus game.
There are 4 progressive jackpots to be won, via a wheel. This spins after each spin of the main free games bonus – which takes place over an unusual reel configuration. You can also hit special sheriff badge symbols, which turn the middle 3 reels wild! Here are the magnificent highlights of this Ainsworth pokie:
Sheriff badges appear on reels 1, 3 and 5 during both the main game and the free spins bonus. These will initially trigger 10 free spins if you get all 3 in a single spin. If those free spins are already underway, you’ll get 8 more spins added to your current total.
While the base game sees a standard square reel setup (5×4). The reels switch to a diamond shape for your free spins. There are 3-4-7-4-3 symbols on display, giving you plenty of winning chances.
You also get doubled wins for the duration of your free spins bonus. This applies only to regular line hits, and not to progressive jackpots.
On the final spin of each free games bonus you get a shot at triggering 4 ‘super games’. These are like the regular free spins, only with big wins coming in each spin. To trigger these, you need 2 of the sheriff badges and the ‘super games’ symbol on reel 5.
After every win during the free spins bonus, a wheel appears above the reels. You’ll see the top half of it, covered in coloured segments. This will spin automatically. It can hit one of 4 progressive jackpots, or a cash amount. The cash amounts are in coins and will get multiplied if you are betting more than one coin per line.
Expanding wilds occur when you get a special sheriff badge on reel 3 during the free games. This expands, covering the middle 3 reels completely in silver 7’s. These are wild symbols, so you’ll be triggering up to 50 win-lines from that spin.
The base game uses a regular 5×3 reel setup. You can select the number of win-lines, with 50 being the maximum. Bets are from 1c per line and up. It is the 3D-effect red 7’s you’ll want to see on the reels, these have the biggest single prize. Wild symbols are also in play, these show the pokie logo.
Other higher paying symbols are the movie characters. You’ll see a picture of each character in action, along with their name in ‘wanted poster’ style. These include Vin, Chris, Harry and Lee. I like the way Ainsworth have decorated the playing card symbols. These have small extras like dice and roses on them.
Immersive sound effects, which include gunshots ricocheting around and classic ‘Western’ movie music make this pokie game stand out immediately. As with many Ainsworth games, it is the animations which take things to a new level.
These include flaming effects, twisting sheriff badges and those beautifully created characters on the reels. I enjoyed the pace of this pokie. When you get the wheel spin during the main feature, this balances the anticipation of the spin and keeping the main bonus moving really well. That unusual reel setup during the free spins game also adds some visual interest. The best effect here is when you get the badge on reel 3 – and see 7’s (literally) exploding to cover 3 reels in special wilds.
As you’d expect from Ainsworth, the audio and visual effects are top quality. This game has a single feature, though it has plenty of extras nested within it. When you trigger the free spins you can get 3 wild reels, a jackpot wheel spin or trigger the big wins of the ‘Super Feature’. Anyone that enjoys Westerns will undoubtedly recognise the classic characters on the reels. Even if you never saw the Magnificent 7, this Western-themed pokie is still well worth a spin!