Fri, Mar 1, 3:05am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:26pm
The Old West was a tough place to live in, but the lives of all would have been brightened by the appearance of the Western Belles. This group of female ‘cowgirls’ are pinups in every sense of the word, adding a sense of style and sauciness to the game from start to finish. Four different pin ups appear on the reels – two in full length form, filling entire reels, while the other appear in single symbols, of course complete with their cowgirl garb.
When spinning these reels you’ll find some fantastic ‘added’ winning opportunities amongst the following features:
Western Belles gives you a very interesting option during the base game. There are five different ‘coin value’ levels you can choose. The option is there to play a single line, 10 lines, 20 lines and 40 lines, which come at the cost of the same 1, 10, 20 or 40 credits respectively.
However, your final option is the most exciting, as you can add a ‘wild reel’ to every single spin. This reel is filled by a brunette pinup wearing a red cowboy shirt and red and silver cowboy boots. As the wild it will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the bonus symbol. Bonus symbols can appear over the top of the reel, ensuring that bonus symbols can be landed on all five reels still.
Adding the wild reel to the game increases the cost of each spin to 200 coins, which does seem a jump. However, this addition changes the game completely, ensuring wins come along on a much more regular basis. If you want the full Western Belles experience, the wild reel has to be enabled.
Look out for the bonus symbol which appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. This features the word ‘bonus’ on a wooden bar sign – land it on the three reels during the same spin and you’ll enter the feature. You’ll now instantly be paid 2x your total bet and be awarded five free spins.
You’ll immediately notice that the game has a whole new look, with a blue backdrop, while a blonde pinup sitting on a fence now appears on the wild reel. On the subject of wild reels, during each free spin these will be doubled up (if you have the wild reel option enabled), with two wild reels on each and every spin.
The free spins feature can be retriggered at any time, adding an additional five free spins to your existing total.
When playing the base game, with or without the added wild reels, you’ll notice a host of other wild symbols. These show a lipstick mark and will be stacked at times, potentially working together as a team with the wild reels (if enabled). Land five lipstick wilds in a row and you’ll win 1,000 coins, the top prize in the game.
Next on the pay table are the two further pinups, which each have a top prize of 500 coins, while a cowboy hat and cowboy boots each pay 250 coins. The low end of the pay table is filled with the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K and A.
Western Belles might be a pokie set in the days of the Wild West, but the design of the game is based on the 1950’s pinup style, making for an appealing look to the game. In a nice move, the colour scheme of the game changes when you enter the free spins feature, adding another pinup into the mix too. The movie-like soundtrack brings the Western era to life.
IGT has designed a stylish and engaging pokie in Western Belle. The chance to add that wild reel has to be taken, which transforms the game into one where wins are thick and fast. Land the feature and two wild reels (with possible standard stacked wilds too) will give you the biggest winning chances of all, where you’ll be almost guaranteed a mega-win or two. It’s little wonder they called it the ‘Wild’ West!