Western Belles Basic Information:
You won't find a time in human history where gambling wasn't popular. Even if you have a perfect example, there will be some dude in the background trying to get strangers to bet on a pair of dice. Despite the popularity and influence which gambling has had over our society, there are a few key time periods that we automatically think of when gambling comes to mind. One of these times is the Old West. Usually this involves saloons and gunfight, but this game aims to bring the influence of Western Belles to the table. Are these ladies all you need to get ahead, or are they looking to reach into your old west version of a wallet when you aren't looking? Read out review to find out…
This game operates under the use of the IGT gambling software system. IGT, also known as International Game Technology is an utter giant in the industry. They boast that their video slots take up around half of all video poker slots which current exist in physical casinos in the United States, with this being one of their more recent forays into digital gambling. This game was released on the 10th of March, 2014.
The IGT system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from IGT.
Western Belles comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 4×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 1.0
- The maximum coins bet sits at 1000.0
- Minimum coin size sits a 1.0
- Maximum coins size sits at 50.0
- The return to player offered by this game is 94.6 which is towards the lower end of average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower right of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with four different sections. These are as follows:
- Graphics Quality
This set of options simply allows the player to set their chosen level of graphical fidelity. There are four different levels here: Best, High, Medium and Low. While best will obvious look the best, lower options will perform better on older or less powerful hardware. Keep this in mind if your game slows down. Games tend to get more crash prone the more they struggle to run. A crashed game means no payout, so low can be best in these situations.
These are the options and buttons which are simply linked from the main game screen. These include:
Located up the top-right of the main game screen. When this is clicked the player enters the paytable screen. This section lists all of the various symbol payouts, payline and bonus information.
- Lines + Wild Reels
This option changes the amount of active paylines. When all 40 paylines are active the player will gain access to the wild reels feature.
- Line Bet
This option simply changes the total amount which is bet on each active payline.
The button used to spin the reels.
- Auto Spin
The little blue button located to the lower-right of the main game screen. When clicked this will bring up a simple tab with 5 selections of autospins to play out: 10x,20x,30x,40x, and 50x. Once these have been started they will either finish once the total spins are completed, or when the player manually ends the spins.
Ah the Old West, when men were men and women were women. Just like as literally every other point in human history. Maybe that wasn't a great opener.
The Old West, home to cowboys, gunfights in an outside of saloons, and gambling. There are so many components of this period which have been romanticised over the years that there is a lot to draw from when it comes to making a pokie. Western Belles, as in the beautiful women of this era, is a rare idea for a pokie, that is for sure.
While the game is ostensibly based around the age of cowboys and Native American's, the eponymous Southern Belles appear to be inspired by the type of artists popular in 1940's and 50's America. Imagine Rockwell if Rockwell had a greater interest in raunch.
Other Features and Bonuses
Western Belles comes with a wild reels feature. This feature becomes active when the player has the maximum of 40 paylines active. With this feature the player gains access to the wild symbols which cover the entire reel. When this is active the player gains:
- 1 random wild reel per regular spin
- 2 random wild reels per free spin
- Wild reels may contain bonus symbols
The wild symbol in Western Belles comes in the form of a lipstick kiss mark. These can substitute for any symbol except the bonus. They can also appear when in the main game or the free spins bonus game.
The bonus symbol in Western Belles comes in the form of the above bonus billboard. When the player manages to gain a minimum of three of these in a single spin they will be given a 2x payout and access to 5 free spins.
The free spins bonus game in Western Belles is won when the player manages to gain three or more bonus symbols in a single spin. Additional free spins can be retriggered from within this game.
How to Play:
Basic play for Western Belles is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and active paylines and clicking spin.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.
Overall Design and Usability:
There is a lot of room for creativity when it comes to the look of games based in the Old West. This is not uncommon as a basis for pokies, yet few manage to do as well with the theme as IGT have done here for Western Belles. Set against the red dirt and blue sky of the western deserts, this game comes has obviously been designed by people of skill. From the symbols to the animations, everything here works incredibly well to illustrate not just the look, but also the feel which we get when we think of the old west. The Belles themselves aren't too hard on the eyes either, for all you ladies and gentlemen interested in that type of thing.
When it comes to usability this is a game which does well, though it does have room for improvement. The basic aspects of this game perform perfectly. From speed to reliability, we had no problem at all during our testing process. We are also a big fan of the multiple graphics options, which is a component so often helpful, but so often ignored. The only real areas which this game might be a bother is through a lack of audio options, and a lack of customisable autospin options. While the audio options can be ignored, if you simply mute your browser, the autospin problem will be a deal-breaker for some.
Where to find it:
IGT aren't as prolific as NetEnt or Microgaming, though they still make quite and impression on those websites which include their use. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer IGT games, if they do then you might be able to find Western Belles there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A fantastic looking game, and one which I recommend highly for new players. Western Belles shows the quality of visual designers which IGT have on their payroll, though it stumbles when it comes to bonus structure. This is a game which offers nothing but the standard wild/bonus gameplay, which is often not enough for those of us who expect a little more involvement in our pokie games. That said, if this doesn't bother you (and neither do the lack of autoplay stopping options), then we can absolutely recommend this game. It's really just a pity there wasn't a little more put into this one, as it could have been something great.
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