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Based on the 25-year running TV and radio show of the same name, Gunsmoke, set in the Old West ended in 1970, but its legacy remains. Featuring William Conrad as Marshall Matt Dillon as gun-wielding, typical cowboys, the show stays in the hearts of many Americans and Brits alike. The slot from 2By2 aims to recapture the magic, and offer huge wins.
Presented over five reels, but with four rows, an unusual move and one of the things that sets the slot apart. With 40 paylines and three promising bonus features, there does seem to be a little too much going on at imes, but seasoned gamers probably won’t notice.
All about the symbols, baby!
Marshall Dillon, Miss Kitty and Festus, join the slot as symbols, along with the typical paraphernalia of the genre; a sheriff’s badge, a spitoon and some dirty playing cards make up the higher value symbols. Lower value symbols consist of the Ace of Spades, King of Spades, Queen of Clubs and Jack of Spades.
Main character symbols may spread over two vertical positions and Dillon and Kitty will bring wins for a measly two icons on any payline, not a bad start. The wild comes in the form of a wanted poster, appearing on reel three and substituting all symbols except the scatter. The scatter is a card table scene.
Bonuses galore to tempt you
Wanted posters sit above each reel featuring a range of rewards. When the wild symbol lands on reel three, a reward gets randomly picked and applied to any win the wild had a hand in. An entire reel will become wild if the prize above reel three is chosen.
Card Table Feature
Triggered by getting three or more card table scatters across the reels, when this feature is activated the character of Marshall Dillon picks one of the following games for you to play:
Wanted Free Spins*
You will receive 8, 12 or 16 spins depending on how many triggering symbols there were; the wanted posters above the reels now offer enhanced multipliers for the duration of the free spins.
You are shown 12 playing cards and can pick 3, 4 or 5 depending on the number of triggering symbols; 6, 10 or 15 free spins with reel three completely wild are also awarded plus the prizes from the picks. Matching pick amounts will award up to 6 extra spins.
*Information courtesy of 2By2 press pack
Even for seasoned gamers like us there’s a bit too much going on in Gunsmoke. In a time when many providers are either producing video-game type slots with a story and the ability to interact, or stripping things back to the nuts and bolts to allow players to spin and win with ease, this slot just feels a little chaotic and outdated. The graphics or sharp enough, but the soundtrack is horrid, another one for the Spotify treatment. The bonuses do come along often though, and for this reason only it’s worth an hour or two of anyone’s time.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring