Horseshoe symbols can randomly appear during the base game and landing 4 or more on the reels on a single spin will award you an instant prize. Landing 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 horseshoe symbols pays you 1x, 5x, 15x, 25x, 50x, 100x, 250x, 1000x, or 10,000x your stake, respectively.
Landing 3 scatter symbols activates free spins where you will receive 3 free spins and each horseshoe symbol that lands while the feature is active will be collected and reset your free spins back to 3. The total number of horseshoe symbols collected will be converted into a prize, in the same manner as in the base game, so you could still achieve the top prize of 10 000x your stake by collecting a total of 12 symbols.
Western Gold slot features enjoyable gameplay and a great theme, but is the game's top potential a little too elusive? The theme, while a bit generic, does a great job of delivering a Western experience and the gameplay can drive you to frantic levels of excitement when it looks like you're about to land a horseshoe-filled spin. The task of getting 12 horseshoe symbols on the reels in the base game is a tough one, to say the least, so the free spins mode offers a welcome opportunity to accumulate the symbols instead of hoping they'll all appear on a single spin.
It is possible to win some sizeable prizes while you spin, but it often feels like the slot's maximum payout of $250 000 floats just beyond your grasp, thanks to the level of difficulty involved in attaining it.