Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys and Aliens

Cowboys and Aliens is a 5 reel, 9 line slot machine from Playtech that is based on the graphic novel written in 2006. The game features a very odd line layout with adjacent pays as well as three different bonus features including free spins.

Game Data

  • Type : 5 Reels + 9 Lines
  • Coin Sizes : 0.01 - 100.00
  • Maximum Bet : 9 coins
  • Jackpot : 10,000 coins
  • Wild Symbol : Yes
  • Bonus Features : Free Spins + Pick a Box
  • Multipliers : Yes
  • Gamble : No
  • Volatility : High
  • Software By : Playtech

Cowboys and Aliens Online Slot Machine Review

Cowboys and Aliens is a Playtech slot machine based on the graphic novel published in 2006. The franchise got some mainstream attention when it was turned into a feature film starring Daniel Craig in 2011. The slot machine is based on the comic book rather than the film which may be a good thing since the film received mixed reviews.

Cowboys and Aliens uses the 5 reel, 9 line format with adjacent pays. This means that any adjacent symbols that appear on a pay line win. The winning combinations do not have to be aligned left to right. This boosts the amount of ways to win on every spin which is good.

On the other hand we're not so sure about the line layout Playtech has gone with. It looks like Aliens may have selected the format which starts off normally with three horizontal pay lines and then deviates from anything we have seen before. The odd line layout can take quite a bit of time to get used to (View Screenshot).

You can play Cowboys and Aliens is a wide range of coin sizes starting at just 0.01 and going right up to 100.00 for high rollers. Max bet is 9 coins per spin so you're looking at between 0.09 and 900.00 per spin.

Top jackpot on Cowboys and Aliens is a nice 10,000 coin win for the five wild spaceships. From there the rest of the five of a kind line wins range from 1,000 to 75 coins. The scattered Cowboys and Aliens logos can award up to 100X your total bet which is the second best pay available on the base game coming is at 9,000 coins.

Cowboys and Aliens has three different bonus features all of which give you another way to boost your wins. The bonuses are as follows,

The first is a free spins bonus which is triggered by getting three or more of the scattered Logos anywhere on the screen. You then win 8 free spins with an extra comic wild added to the reels each spin. The feature cannot be re-triggered but you can get some nice wins with the comic wild covering up to four different reel positions (Preview)

The second bonus is the Alien Attack Bonus which is won bey getting a Bonus symbol on reels 1 and 5. You then move to a selection screen where you can choose from three different characters - each with their pros and cons (Preview).

  • Zeke : A gun with 6 bullets with high accuracy
  • Indian Warrior : 12 arrows with medium accuracy
  • Verity : A whip with 20 shots and low accuracy

Once you have made your selection you move to a multi-stage bonus where you shoot aliens to reveal prizes. There are a maximum of three waves and each successful kill awards either cash, a X2 multiplier or Extra shots. Reach the end of the third stage and you get a bonus as well as a cash award for any remaining shots (Preview).

In our experience we had better results going for the high accuracy of Zeke and winning extra shots along the way. The result on the bonus may be predetermined anyway so it may make no difference which character you pick.

The last bonus on Cowboys and Aliens is a reel based feature called the Alien Weapon Bonus. An Alien Gun appears on reel 1 only and activated the bonus. A meter on the gun spins to show either 1, 2, 3 or 4. The gun then fires to transform symbols on reels 2 to 5 into wilds. Clearly this bonus can pay well as you can get five wilds.

In the end we really like what Playtech have done with the theme however the odd line layout makes the game a bit hard to get used to. If you're looking for something a little different than your average 9 line slot the the game is worth a look.

Game Previews

  • Cowboys and Aliens
  • Pay Table
  • Pay Table 2
  • Pay Table 3
  • Pay Table 4
  • Pay Table 5
  • Line Layout
  • Alien Attack Bonus
  • Alien Attack Bonus 2
  • Bonus Result
  • Free Spins Won
  • Free Spins
  • Big Win

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