Tough times require tough measures. This phrase could well have been told by Johnny Cash, a character in the eponymous pokie machine released by BGaming in October 2020. The action evolves in the Wild West and gunslinger Johnny does it best to find bags full of gold. Desert terrains, cactuses, sparse vegetation and tequila are what an Australian player can see after opening the video pokie. In addition to the thematic Western design, the online casino game has several special symbols (wild, scatter) and bonus free spins that run with sticky wilds all the way. The top three symbol payouts are AU$5000, AU$2500 and AU$1250 but the mentioned bonus round can hit over x1000, as promised by BGaming.
Without putting too fine a point on it, Johnny Cash has a mediocre, plain visual design. Perhaps new gamblers who are not familiar with some pokie masterpieces would be happy about graphical solutions found in the reviewed pokie machine but generally speaking, there is nothing out of the common behind and on the reels. The block of five reels is portrayed standing at a canyon in the U.S. with many coins piled at the footing. A lonely tumbleweed is rolling across the screen off and on and no other animations are visible while the reels are at standstill. BGaming’s designers made playing card symbols (10, J, etc.) look in a Wild West style, with distinctive fonts and typeface that evoke the memories of grungy saloons, playbills and other Wild West settings. The provider have marked the pokie as a medium-volatile game, which speaks volumes for it. A mobile casino version of Johnny Cash runs perfectly as well.
Bets and pay chart
Johnny Cash has BGaming’s typical interface with familiar bet options. Those online casino players from Australia who have ever tried any pokie machine from that vendor will face nearly identical betting opportunities here. To alter a bet size and make it suitable for player’s budget, two buttons are used: Arrow Up and Down (in the Total Bet area). There are seven options to pick from, including AU$0.2, AU$1, AU$2, AU$10, AU$20, AU$40 and AU$50 a spin. A line bet is AU$0.01 to AU$2.5 (cannot be adjusted separately from the above options).
Concerning the pay chart, it shows 11 ordinary symbols, 6 of which are low-profile playing cards 10 through A that award x10 to x100 (AU$250 at max). At the upper part of the chart, there are five Western-styled things and accessories such as a smoking cigar (x200), a tequila bottle with a slice of lime (x200), two crossed revolvers (x300), a cowboy’s hat (x300), a Wanted poster (x400) and a green bag jam-packed with coins (x400). To illustrate how much you get paid, hitting the most valuable combination of five coin bags wins AU$1000 if you play for real money and bet max AU$ (or in bitcoin equivalent).
Wild and scatter symbols
A sheriff badge can be used as any ordinary symbol to complete a win. In other words, a badge is a wild symbol. Sadly, it has no other extras to boost winnings further: no multipliers, no independent combinations separately from other symbols.
Dynamite Sticks is another bonus symbol. In comparison with the wild and all ordinary symbols, its occurrence does make a difference, even if a few scatters fail to stop on a set line pattern. Hitting 3, 4 or 5 of these useful pictures opens the way to a free spin round. Beyond that, scatters are the most profitable components in this online casino game, since five of them pay out x100 the total bet (AU$5000 max), meanwhile three or four pay x2 and x10, accordingly.
Each feature triggered by 3+ scatters consists of 10 free spins that can be re-triggered if 3+ scatters hit again during the feature. Very often, free spins have some bonus addition that improves payouts. Johnny Cash makes players happy by adding a Sticky Wilds feature to the free spins stage. Sticky Wilds are a bonus which is frequently found in many other online casino pokies and many expert players from Australia are certainly aware of how these symbols work.
When a wild symbol hits any cell – by the way, wilds appear on reels 2, 3 or 4 during free spins – it will keep its initial position for the whole duration of free spins. It is easy to figure out that by the time free spins are finalized, many positions will be covered with sticky wild symbols, which can lead to big wins.
A win in base play (during normal spins) can be just the beginning of a success story. If you are not fully satisfied with the latest earnings in a spin, just click the Card Hand button under the reels to open a Double Up round (if you want to keep up playing as normal, just click Spin and ignore Card Hand). Being essentially the same as in the majority of other pokie machines, the Gamble round suggests a user pick a color or suit. Having guessed correctly, you will increase the stake by x2 or x4.
Simple yet satisfying, Johnny Cash is a 5-reel 20-line pokie machine with its theme centered around Wild West. Features are not numerous, they include a normal wild, free spins and stacked wilds during the bonus feature. The max prize is AU$5000 for a single combination. Bet sizes are AU$0.2 to AU$50 a spin.