Going Prospecting with Where’s the Gold Slot
Aristocrat Gaming’s Where’s the Gold slot title was developed for fans of the prospecting legends of the USA’s Old West. New Zealand pokies enthusiasts who enjoy this bit of history, or are simply looking for a cheerful, colourful title to play, will want to see what it has to offer. Players can activate between 1 and 25 paylines, with bets per line adjustable from 0.02 to 4.00 in the appropriate currency, so the maximum bet per spin is 100.00.
Wheres the Gold plays on a standard set of five slot reels, each with three rows displayed. The reel frame hangs in front of a painted desert, with flowering cacti standing out against the multi-hued sand and sky. The familiar Aristocrat Poker symbols win the low-value prizes, but the four high-value icons and the Scatter are all drawn from the world of old-time prospecting.
Cheery Upbeat Icons Lighten the Mood
Like most Aristocrat slot designs, Where’s the Gold’s icons are simple, but presented in colourful detail. There is a Pickaxe and Shovel, a Covered Wagon, a Gold Mine, and the friendly white-bearded Prospector. He has the highest value, winning a 1,000-coin prize for five matching icons on one payline. The Prospector and the Gold Mine are also the only two symbols that begin payouts for two of a kind; all other symbols require a match of at least three.
Dynamite Makes an Explosive Scatter
Sticking to the tongue-in-cheek treatment of the slot theme, the Where’s the Gold Scatter is a lit bundle of Dynamite. Three or more Scatters in any reel position explode to trigger the Where’s the Gold Feature. To start this bonus round, players must select one of the characters on display, which will reveal the number of free spins awarded, which can be as many as 10, and it will also designate up to three other symbols, whether they are theme characters or Poker icons, that will be transformed into Gold Wilds during the free spins.
Unlike most Aristocrat slots, Where’s the Gold features no ordinary Wild during standard play, so the addition of three gold icons that can substitute for all others, with the exception of the Scatter, during bonus rounds adds immensely to the game’s winning potential. Free spins can also be retriggered during the bonus round. The combination of 3, 4 or 5 Scatters anywhere during regular play also applies an immediate multiplier of X2, X10 or X50 to the total bet on the spin.
Auto Play and Gamble Features Included
Where’s the Gold is geared for long-term slots play, and the Dynamite bundles don’t show up nearly as often as most pokies fans would like them to, especially during short stretches of play. The longer players can stick with it, the better their chances of triggering big wins are. The key is to set the payline and betting options to an affordable level, and then use the Auto Play button to trigger up to 500 consecutive spins, without placing undue strain on the player’s mouse hand.
Wheres the Gold also has a Gamble feature, typical of Aristocrat slot titles, so that players can guess random card colours or suits in an attempt to double or even quadruple smaller wins.