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Like many top slot themes, Wild West-themed games have risen and fallen in popularity with players at casinos over the years. Over the last few months, the gunslinging, gun-toting cowboys and outlaw-themed games are back in demand, with a host of new games now springing up at casino sites across the net.

The graphics in these new games are markedly better than in earlier releases, but the features in modern Wild West-themed games have also improved, and that has spurred on their popularity once more. Unsurprisingly, this has seen a flurry of software providers eager to capitalise on the trend.

Dead or Alive II Begins the Revival

The launch of Net Entertainment’s Dead or Alive II is arguably the single defining moment attributable for the revival of Wild West slots. For over a decade, the original NetEnt slot set the benchmark high for rival developers’ games to follow. The hotly anticipated sequel didn’t disappoint, and the surge in popularity of the game saw many other providers unveil competition to the release. 

The Competition Heats Up

The competition has since got hotter. Developed by No Limit City, the Tombstone slot provides suitable competition for Dead or Alive II, with its 108 Ways to Win payline structure, Outlaw Wilds and an array of three distinctive free spin bonuses. However, Gunslinger: Reloaded is also capable of giving NetEnt’s game a run for its money. Developed by Play ‘n Go, this slot – like Dead or Alive II – is also a sequel and improves upon the gameplay offered by its predecessor. 

Train Robberies Take Central Stage

The onslaught of new Wild West-themed slots is set to continue over the summer. Yggdrasil is scheduled to launch the One-Armed Bandit slot machine in July, and Red Tiger Gaming’s The Greatest Train Robbery recently went live at casino domains this month. 

Both feature elements which are like those found in Dead or Alive II, and many other mainstream Wild West slots at the minute, but both also add a touch of diversity to the genre, giving players ample choices to choose from.

In 2019 Wild West Themed Slots Are in

As is often the case, Wild West-themed slots are popular at the minute, but how in demand they will be next year, or even later this year remains to be seen. Provided casino software providers continue to produce quality slots (as is the case now), Wild West slots will continue to be popular for some time to come.

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