Playtech uses iconic John Wayne shots
There are some great film shots of Wayne in this game. In one, he is wearing his trademark black Stetson with his collar turned up, looking every inch The Duke. In another, he is white-hatted and smiling, or as near as he ever gets given how rugged he looks. He was always an actor who could suggest a lot with few words.
The gold six-pointed sheriff star features prominently in the game and has ‘The Duke’ emblazoned across it. There are the famous red neckerchief and some swanky cowboy boots, complete with spurs, with the bonus represented by the skeleton of a buffalo's head mounted on a swinging sign. The soundtrack is steel guitar and fiddle, playing a country and western instrumental punctuated by gunshots.
The backdrop looks like Dodge City, but it is quiet - too quiet, as they always say in westerns just before the Apaches launch a major attack. In Dodge City, it may be that these outlaws are hiding, waiting for a shootout.
John Wayne gets wilder
The wild is a shot of the man all kitted up and carrying his gun and saddle, dog by his side. This wild substitutes for all the game symbols apart from the sheriff's star scatter and the buffalo head bonus.
What the John Wayne symbols pay
That sheriff's badge is pretty hard to earn, so it pays the most. Five of these get you 5,000 coins, four badges earn 500, three badges award 100, and two badges get you ten coins.
The next most valuable is the hat. Five hats are worth 200 coins, four are worth 60, and three are worth 20. The red kerchief and the cowboy boots each pay 100 coins for five appearances, 50 for four, and 15 for three.
The playing cards are nicely designed in keeping with the Wild West theme in that knobbly writing you always see above the saloon. The ace and king each earn 75 coins for five appearances, 25 for four appearances, and just 10 if there are three of them. The queen, jack and ten have the same rewards: 50 for five, 15 for four and five for three.
John Wayne's Ranch Bonus
The mounted buffalo head sign is the bonus symbol. If it appears anywhere on reels one, three and five, you will find yourself in the John Wayne Ranch Bonus.
This time we are out at the ranch under a great blue sky, with the red earth below, but do you know what? It can get kind of dull out there - there is only so much horse wrangling you can do in a day. The ranch hands have set up a shooting gallery, using the gates of the ranch, and have placed a whole lot of cans on the bars of the gates.
You are The Duke, holding the gun, and you will see five bullets off to the left that you can use. In addition to the cans, the ranch hands have set up some surprises - a wanted poster, a mystery extra wild, a mystery extra scatter, a reload of another three bullets, an increasing multiplier, and both a free games re-trigger and an award of more free games.
This is a really great feature. You start with three free games and a multiplier of 1x. On the back of the ranch sign you will see your bonus winnings totted up, with the number of free games you have been awarded and the current multiplier. As the gun moves, you will see the gun sights hover over the cans and then line one up as a target. You can keep shooting until you run out of bullets.
The great thing is that every can or feature icon that is hit wins you more rewards. The wanted poster retriggers your free games; the free games retrigger will get added to the middle reel if you are awarded free games. Extra free games can be accumulated during the feature, which is great - these are added to the free games you already have. Multipliers are also built up. When you are finally out of bullets, your accumulated free games, with possible extra features and multipliers, are activated.
The extra wild substitutes for all the other symbols apart from the mystery extra scatter and the sheriff's badge. The extra scatter wins when it is scattered on the reels and pays a multiple of the total bet, using the win values of the symbol it is standing in for.
When free games are running and the ‘more free games’ wanted poster appears on reel three, you get four more free games. It is great that you can keep winning free games during the free games feature indefinitely and that they will use the same multiplier - this is a fantastic feature.
Three or more of The Duke's gold sheriff stars anywhere on the reels during the free games trigger The Duke's Badge feature. Wins are multiplied by the multiplier active in the free games feature; in fact, the only thing you can't do during the free games is trigger the John Wayne's Ranch bonus. The good news is that there is so much going on here that you won’t be looking for any further action.
John Wayne betting options
You can change both the number of lines you play and your bet per line using the + and - buttons under the two boxes. You will see your total bet displayed in the middle of the screen.
Alternatively, you can choose the bet max option to play with the maximum number of lines (25) and to increase your line bet to the maximum (1,250). The autoplay button enables you to select a set number of spins that will activate automatically; however, there is no option to stop the autoplay if you win a feature or enter one of the bonus games. In some slot titles, you can make sure autoplay stops as soon as a feature is activated. Some other games enable you to set limits, with autoplay being interrupted if you lose a set number of coins - but again, you can't do that here.
This slot has a return to player (RTP) average of 97.4 per cent. When you are playing, you may easily win more or less, as this is only a very long-term average.
John Wayne rides again - The Duke's Badge feature
When three or more of The Duke's gold sheriff badges appear anywhere on the reels, you head straight into The Duke's Badge bonus feature. You will see several badges and have to pick one, with each worth a certain amount of cash. When you pick the badge, it will spin round and reveal how much you have won - and so will all the others so that you can see what the other rewards were. The more scatters that were on the reels when the round was triggered, the higher your potential reward. If five badges triggered the round, your prize will be between 80x and 120x your total bet. If it was four badges, your prize will be between 20x and 30x times your total bet, while three badges will pay between 4x and 8x your total bet.
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|Game Name:||John Wayne|
|Themes:||TV & Movies, Celebrity, Wild West|
|Features:||Progressive Free Spins Wild Symbols Multipliers Scatter Symbols|
|Min Bet (all lines covered):||0.25|