The Big Blue
Many games out there have been designed to emulate what beneath the waves look like, but few go into such detail as Dolphin Gold; here you can see the delicate shading on the coral, even the sunshine highlighting the curves in the waters. It’s magical to behold.
Then you have how well integrated the control panel is. Instead of slapping the settings at the bottom in an unsightly manner, Lightning Box have designed them to blend in with the rest of the theme. You get a relatively seamless transition from grid to background to controls, although more could have been done to immerse users further.
Combine that with the gentle lappings of the water and the sound of bubbles popping away, and you have an authentic matrix of images. Many designs have been created by other brands to try and achieve this atmosphere, but few are this well executed.
One in the Same
There are two different wild symbols in this slot, one blue dolphin and one golden. Both of them serve as a wild in that they can substitute other symbols, though the gold dolphin can’t remove the blue. However, they then break off to complete different roles, adding further value to their appearance.
In regards to the blue dolphin, the symbol is limited to the second, third and fourth reels, but can affect all icons. What is more, it doubles your winnings when part of a winning line. As for the gold dolphin, it appears on the second, third, fourth and fifth reels. Even though both of them can come into effect when found in a group of three to five, only with six matches or over will the free games be activated, and by the blue dolphin only. Should a gamer get 12 in their combo, then 21 rounds will be theirs.
Floating to the Surface
Trapped inside a bubble towards to the bottom of the screen is where you’ll find the gamble feature, an option showcased in many Lightning Box activities but not all of them. As expected, the round is the same as always: a card is hidden from view and you have to decide what colour and/or suit it will be once revealed.
Up to five rounds of this can be played, with a history of the cards you’ve guessed shown at all times. It’s a standard double or nothing design, and so while exciting risk wise, it’s dull in appearance. Just as in all other slots that have the option, customers not wanting to play can choose to ignore the gamble option entirely, or leave the round before betting their winnings.
Given the sameness that this title has to many others from Lightning Box Games, you’d think it a gap-filler at best, and yet Dolphin Gold stands its own. Its aesthetic is simply breathtaking, impressive for a slot having aged by a couple of years, and its feature is small but rewarding. Much entertainment can be derived from this network, and for a reasonable price too.
If you’re in need of surrendering yourself to the sea, but don’t have the funds to go on holiday, why not simply play a round or two of this slot machine? We promise you it can be just as rewarding.