John Wayne Slots

John-WayneJohn Wayne is a slot that is themed around a popular actor of the 50’s and 60’s, though people still recognize the name today. John Wayne was the stage name of an actor called Marion Mitchell Morrison, famous for the roles he had in Western movies, all taking place in the American Wild West. He was a sheriff most of the time, and he was tough, quick with the draw and a pleasure to watch him in action. Playtech created a slot machine based on him, and fans of the genre and of this particular actor shouldn’t miss it.

The 5 reels of John Wayne get up to 25 active bet lines. It’s a game with two bonus games, both interesting for a fan of The Duke, plus scatter symbols, wilds and free spins. The jackpots are truly special though, with the $250,000 that is up for grabs being capable of making a lot of people’s dreams come true.

Features of John Wayne

If action is what you’re looking for, John Wayne will make sure you find it. There is a wild symbol you can play with, there are multiple scatter symbols, bonus games and free spins, so chances are that you’re not going to get bored.

The Wild is easy to spot, as you get John Wayne on it, seen from a bit of distance, with the word WILD written behind him across the blue sky. As a wild, it will substitute for other icons, with the typical two exceptions being the scatters that trigger the bonus features. It’s going to be your best paying symbol as well, 5,000x being offered for combinations of five wilds on active lines. The wild is the only symbol to pay you for as little as two symbols in a combo, all others needing at least three.

The Duke’s Badge

One of the two feature games that can be enjoyed in this slot, The Duke’s Badge is triggered by the symbol with the sheriff badge that is inscribed “The Duke”. It’s a scatter symbol, so it has to appear a minimum of three times, but it can do so in any random position on the reels. A bonus prize is offered by this feature, an extra way you can make some money in this game.

John Wayne’s Ranch Bonus

The second bonus game is a bit more interesting, though it also needs three scatter symbols to be triggered. Here, you need exactly three scatters, as the Bonus Steer’s Head symbol is only going to make appearances on the 1st, 3rd and 5th reels.


You are taken to an area where there are multiple objects from the Wild West on a rack, so you have to shoot some of them. In exchange, you are rewarded with additional free spins, multipliers and bonuses. You start with only 3 spins and with x2 multipliers, but the shots you take will add more.

Betting options and jackpots

Though it pays very well, the game is also expensive to play at its full potential. Its 25 paylines accept bets of up to $50 each one, using a single coin, but allowing for its denomination to go very high. The lowest denomination allowed is at $0.02 per coin. As for the maximum bet, its value is at $1,250.

You might get a rather normal 5,000x return on your line bet investment, but with $50 coins, that means prizes of up to $250,000.

Design and symbols

This being a Wild West themed slot machine, the action takes place on the cobbled streets of a frontier town, a wealthy one if they could afford the stone pavement. You can see the buildings on both sides of the street, as the reels don’t occupy that much of the screen. The images on the reels use both Wild West themed symbols and real images of John Wayne, taken from his movies. These are all black and white images, so it really does feel like an homage to one of the most beloved actors of the mid 20th century.

Symbols: John Wayne in Color (wild, 5,000 coins), The Duke Badge (scatter), Bonus Steer (scatter), John Wayne Black Hat (1,000 coins), John Wayne White Hat (500 coins), John Wayne Gray Hat (300 coins), Cowboy Hat (200 coins), Scarf (100 coins), Boots (100 coins), Ace (75 coins), King (75 coins), Queen (50 coins), Jack (50 coins) and 10 (50 coins).


Is It Worth Playing?

The game is only a bit above average graphics wise, mostly because the black and white symbols seem to clash with the rest of the design. Its features are a point in its favor, as are the prizes that are offered. I’d definitely recommend it to fans of John Wayne or of western movies in general.

John Wayne, the Actor

John Wayne is the stage name of Marion Mitchell Morrison, an American actor, which eventually also produced and directed movies. He is best known for the roles he played in a large number of Westerns. He played roles in 142 different films, an incredible number of chances for people to see him on the big screen. He was usually a frontier man, a rugged man that became a symbol for what a real man should be like. 83 of the movies he played in were from the Western genre. He is known as The Duke, a nickname which comes from the name of one of his old dogs.

Some of the best known films that Wayne played in included The Quiet Man, The Searchers, Rio Bravo and True Grit. Most of his best known movies were filmed in the 50s and 60s, the time periods when his fame was at its highest.

This John Wayne slot is offered by all online casinos with Playtech software, playable either in practice or in real money mode.