Silver Bullet

Published: 07/01/2013

Players can take a step back in time to the American Old West and enjoy the thrill of saloon-style gambling with Playtech’s Silver Bullet slots. The software developer has used modern graphics and audio to produce a stirring adventure opportunity that involves all the elements of frontier fantasy, from cattle drives to showdowns at high noon.

The Silver Bullet slots screen has a rough-hewn wooden look with a 5-reel, 9-payline format. The credit denomination can be adjusted from €0.01 to €5.00 by clicking on the +/- toggles at the lower left corner of the display. Choose from 1 to 9 paylines and wager one credit per line with the “Bet One” button or click on “Bet Max” to cover all nine lines at once. The maximum bet is €45.

To set the reels in motion, click “Spin.” Winnings display in the “Win” area under the fourth reel, while the current balance appears in the screen’s lower left-hand corner. A cacophony of sounds can be heard as the reels spin and come to rest one by one, including a xylophone, metal springs and perhaps even ricocheting bullets.

Al of the paylines pay both ways—right to left as well as left to right—making for lots of winning opportunities. Successful combinations include matching symbols with a gun-slinging theme, from Horses, Cash and Horseshoes to Smoking Pipes, Wagon Wheels and Cowboy Hats. Payline multipliers from 5X to 200X are awarded for three or more matching symbols on an active payline.

Higher rewards come from aligning two or more Whiskey Bottles, Lucky Sevens or Explosives. They pay from 2X to 500X for three or more matches. And the biggest wins are for Barrels, worth 2X, 10X, 100X, 1000X or 10000X whenever 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 symbols appear on a line, respectively. Catching 2, 3, 4 or 5 Six Shooter scatter symbols anywhere on the reels pays 1X, 5X, 10X or 100X, respectively, times the total wager. There is, however, no secondary bonus triggered.

In this game, there is a wild Sheriff’s Badge available on the middle three reels. It can substitute for any other symbol except the Six Shooter scatter. When the Sheriff’s Badge is part of any successful combination, it doubles the line value. Players will see a frame appear around winning symbols when prizes are awarded.

For those who enjoy using Autoplay mode and allowing the game to spin unaided, Silver Bullet hides this feature in the pull-down “Tools” menu at the very top of the screen. Clicking Autoplay reveals +/- toggles next to the spins indicator at the lower right corner of the screen. The number of auto spins desired can be typed directly into the counter, too, up to 9,999.

One other bonus feature of Silver Bullet is its linkage to Playtech’s progressive Dollar Ball Jackpot. This lotto-type side game can be accessed via a toggle in the upper right corner of the display. The object of Dollar Ball is to choose five numbers from 1 to 49 and launch the main game, where five numbers will be drawn at random.

Catching 1, 2 or 3 numbers correct pays 1X, 2X or 25X, based on the total amount wagered. Getting four numbers produces a payout of 1% of the progressive jackpot, while getting all five numbers yields the grand prize.

Players may select their own five Dollar Ball numbers or click on Random Pick to have the numbers chosen randomly by the computer. As long as Dollar Ball is activated, an additional Jackpot wager will be made automatically each time the player bets in the main slot game. The Dollar Ball side bet can be turned off at will by clicking on Disable.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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