John Wayne is a Playtech video slot all about the famous ‘Duke’ and his glorious Western movies! Set out in the wilderness of the still untamed West, you ride with the sheriff to bring law and order. And maybe help yourself to a few valuables from the bandits. It’s all fair in the Wild, Wild West!
The best part about this game is that you can be the horse-riding badass without having to lift a finger. Well, you have to lift one finger to spin the 5-reel setup Playtech made. There are a total of 25 flexible paylines, meaning you can turn them on and off at will. All wins pay left to right only.
Whether you’re a fan of the Duke, or just want a good Western slot, John Wayne has you covered. But how does it compare against modern games? Is it still as good as we remember, or has it fallen by the wayside?
Yes – Why to play John Wayne
- It’s only natural that a slot released in 2012 wouldn’t be on the same level as newer games visually. Despite that, there is an undeniable charm to Playtech’s release. The background image has a lot to do with it, we think. A setting sun, beautiful clouds, and a small town slowly preparing to sleep after a hard day’s work. It’s honestly gorgeous to look at.
- There’s also a good selection of available special features. You have the familiar pick and choose bonus, joined by free spins. Said free spins are enhanced by another special feature that plays before it, but we won’t spoil that just yet!
No – Why not to play?
- At 94%, the RTP is steeply below the current industry average.
- Duke’s Badge: Collecting three or more sheriff badges activates this bonus. Pick one badge from the ones currently occupying the playing field to get a cash prize. The prize increases if you have more badges on the reels.
- Ranch Bonus & Free Spins: Land three Scatters on the first, third and fifth reel. Shoot the cans in front of you to win several enhancements. They can be more free spins, increased multipliers, additional bullets, a re-trigger, and extra Wilds and Scatters. After you run out of bullets, you play free spins with the enhancers you won.
The low RTP is really our only concern with John Wayne. It is not the most original production Playtech ever put forward, but it was undeniably fun. Medium variance, with a cool theme and enjoyable bonuses? What’s not to love?