The wild symbol is a spaceship, it can substitute for all of the other symbols, except for the scatter and bonus symbols, to help and form winning combinations.
The game’s logo is the scatter symbol, and there are a number of bonus symbols that trigger features.
Whenever the gun symbol lands on the first reel a random value from 1 to 4 will appear on the weapon. The gun will then shoot that number of symbols, turn them into wilds, and this will hopefully form a number of winning combinations.
When the bonus symbol lands on reels one and five simultaneously, you are given the chance to go alien hunting. Three waves of aliens will attack and you need to choose which alien to target and with which character to attack them. Each character has a different level of ammunition and shooting accuracy and the better your picks the further you can progress in the game and the more prizes you will win.
Landing three scatter symbols on the reels awards you with eight free spins. With each spin an extra wild will appear on the reels and this means that at the end of the round there are a huge number of wilds and a great chance of landing multiple high value combinations.
Cowboys and Aliens has a huge top payout of 10,000x that is won by landing five wild symbols along the reels. The cowboy can payout up to 1,000x, the cowgirl can payout up to 750x, the alien up to 500x, and the preacher and Native American up to 250x. A and K can both payout up to 125x while 10, J and Q will all payout up to 75x. The scatter symbol also offers huge payouts of up to 100 times your total bet.