This is the Coca-Cola add of western themed slots; a little sexy, full of fizz and instantly memorable.
Why are we mentioning Coca-Cola? Because the artwork in Western Belles mobile slot is all original Gil Elvgren. Now unless you’re in the advertising world circa 1950’s/60’s we don’t blame you for not knowing who he is. You will, none-the-less, find something familiar about the alluring girls on your screen.
Gil famously created that sexy pin-up of the era that instantly brings to minds small negligee, swimsuits babes on the beach and a hint of sauciness as a leg reveal just a little too much stockings. His designs were used widely by many, including the original Coca-Cola girls.
As such, this Western Belles slot machine isn’t so much a Western themed slot as it is a walk down memory lane of early pin-up calendars for a rodeo. You won’t find gun toting bad asses in this IGT slot game, so instead be prepared for lipstick kisses and girls straddling wooden posts.
In our opinion, it’s beautifully done and catches the era perfectly. The spaghetti western music reminiscent of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly ties it all together wonderfully. Strange but true.
Much like the other famous 40 paylines IGT slot Golden Goddess, this mobile game isn’t as high variance as the rest. So you’re money shouldn’t disappear as quickly as with the others. Mostly because of the stacked wilds showing up on almost every spin, allowing you to generally get your bet back.
However, it’s not as forgiving as the previously mentioned game, as Western Belles slot has one small difference. In order to make the most of this game you have to bet a minimum of 200 coins – or 2 in cash. This guarantees you one stacked wild per spin and two stacked wilds per free spins. So more casual gamblers may wish to try Golden Goddess instead.
But if you do decide Western Belles is for you, then… great choice. Those extra wilds really come in handy, not just to help stretch your budget, but get some decent wins along the way. No where is this more true than during the hard to catch free spins round, which can been re-triggered up to 255 free spins, though generally you get 5 or maybe 10 (we got 20 once, which was amazing), but it’s worth every penny.
Once this mobile slot starts paying, it seems like it will never end. Then the dry spells come and you’ll wonder why these girls stopped flirting. If you manage to get about 40% to 50% up on your budget, it’s time to move on and find yourself another rodeo, whilst you fondly remember one hell of a ride.
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|Mobile Slot released||June 2014|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Jackpot amount||25 million coins max payout|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 40 Paylines|
|House edge||7.15% to 3.67%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 10.00|
|Min/Max bet||2 with Wild Reel, 0.40 without it / 2,000|
|Free spins||5 Free Spins / Richer Reels|
|Bonus rounds||Stacked Wilds, Extra Wilds & Free Spins|
40 Lines + Wild Reel: You can choose to play the normal 40 lines at mininum of 0.01 each or... you pay extra for a guaranteed whole extra wild reel, which at minimum costs you 2 in cash. Equally, it gives you two extra wild reels in the free spins rounds, giving you a chance at getting 5 wilds in a row and the equivalent of the in-game jackpot.
To really enjoy this game, you have to take the extra wild reels, so if this is too much for you, it would be better to find an alternative slot.
Stacked Wilds: That said, the wilds in this slot game come stacked anyway in the base game, which helps the game play go from 'ok' to 'Yeehaw!'. It also means you'll get that '5 of a kind win!' sign show up often on the five reels, so you know that anything less than that is not worth that much cash.
Free Spin Bonus: You have to get the free spin bonus on reel 2, 3 and 4 in order to trigger 5 free spins. Not easy, but not impossible. We'd say budget for 100 spins, but with the starting minimum bet so high, not everyone will be able to hit that.
The free spins come with even more stacked wilds and, if you've got the extra wild reel turned on, two guaranteed wild reels on every spin. You can also re-trigger the free spins up to 255 times.
Generally we've walked away with about 30 to 40 times our bet and been happy, but on occasions this has lead to big wins of 150x our bet and we threw our cowboy hats in the air before heading to find the nearest mechanical bull.
Western Belles slot on mobile is a difficult one to pin down (pun intended). The theme is done beautifully, as long as you're not expecting Clint Eastwood, and it's great fun to play.
But to enjoy it you have to bet a little higher that many will be comfortable with, so for that it loses a star. Still, we really wanted to give this IGT gem the full five stars for pure joy of the game play and the fact that despite the high betting limit, it will helpfully allow you to stretch your budget so you feel well and truly entertained by the cow girls in their leather boots.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 2, 2018 - Rating