Enter a Saloon in the old Wild West, and sit down at a poker table with leathered cowboys, who drink as hard as they gamble, just don’t cheat as you might find yourself staring down the wrong end of a barrel… That’s pretty much the theme for Microgaming’s 5-reel x 15-payline Showdown Saloon slot, where Mystery Stacks, Re-spins and Free Spins features can increase wins up to 1,500x your bet in a single spin.
You will find A, K, Q, J and 10 royals as well as guns, poker chips, dice and whiskey adorn the reels.
The symbol showing a 5-card poker hand represents the Wild, and it replaces all other symbols except the scatter (Gunslinger symbol) to aid with winning combinations. This symbol also pays out the most – a respectable 100x your bet should you land 5-of-a-kind on an active payline.
At any given time during the game, two or more reels can become covered with mystery stacks, and one symbol will replace the whole stack on one reel. You may find up to three different symbols in the mystery stacks, but it will always be the same symbol that replaces the first two reels.
Whenever you manage to land matching full symbol stacks on reels 2 to 4, you’ll trigger a Re-Spin. The triggering stacks then lock in position while the other reels re-spin. On every re-spin, the mystery stacks change to match the symbols in the triggering stacks for bigger wins. This means you can benefit from 5 matching full stacks!
This feature is triggered when three or more stacks of scatter symbols land on adjacent reels, starting from the leftmost reel. You will be awarded with 5, 10 and 25 free spins when you respectively land 3, 4 or 5 stacks. Unfortunately, free spins cannot be re-triggered, but the good news is that the Re-spin feature also comes into play here to make the rounds as effective as possible.
Visually, Showdown Saloon really delivers – you’ll truly feel like you’ve been transported onto the set of a typical spaghetti western scene. The innovative Mystery Stacks feature definitely lends more action, while the re-spin is basically an additional free spin round with the potential to be very beneficial. Overall, we found that wins don’t come around too often, and being a medium-to-high variance slot, you may want to practice some caution with the spin button.