Just like a classic fruit machine, you will find nothing but the reels of the game on display. Either side of the reels you will find the paylines highlighted via different coloured stripes and the reels of the game are black – it’s the various symbols on the reels that add some much-needed colour. These are cherries, oranges, plums, lemons, watermelons, grapes, triple bar, gold bullion, joker and red 7s.
As with all Novomatic slot machines, your control panel is situated to the lower of the screen and allows you to initiate the auto play feature, view the paytable, adjust your paylines, bet per line and activate the spinning of the reels. You will notice a blacked-out gamble button – this will come into play when you land a winning combination on the reels.
As you adjust your bet, you will notice the value in the display panel to the top right grows and grows – the more you stake per spin, the more cash you can win. To get your hands on some superb amounts of cash, you will need to spin in a full slot machine of jokers – four symbols high on each of the 5 reels. At the time of our review, a 10,000 coin stake could return a progressive jackpot of 4,275,875 coins – which is rather substantial.
The highest value symbols are the bullion bar and the joker – land a win line full of 5 bullion bars and you will get up to 8,000 coins. Five of a kind of the joker symbols will boost your bankroll with 1,000 coins. Remaining symbols pay between 80 and 200 coins when you play high rolling stakes of 10,000 coins.
Unlike classic fruit machines, you will find that there are a handful of added extras to make gameplay a little more exciting. To start with, there are wilds – the joker is wild and will replace all other symbols bar scatter, to help create winning combinations. The gold bullion is your scatter symbol – three or more will activate your free spins.
Base game wins will allow you to gamble for more, if you’re not happy with the amount you’ve won, you can click the amber gamble button to head into the gamble bonus game. There is a stairway of 12 golden steps – the bottom is where you are and it flashes – if you gamble and progress up that ladder, you can double your money as you go and win as much as 40,000 coins.
Always Hot Deluxe is a similar slot to the Golden Reel slot game, both are from Novomatic and allow you to play a classic fruit machine with additional benefits. Always Hot Deluxe is a 3-reel, 5-payline slot with bets ranging from 0.05 to a maximum of 250.00 – if you play high stakes, you can win a maximum of 15,000 in red hot cash.
We are not big fans of classic fruit machines, as they offer nothing but base game wins to keep you entertained, but we were pleasantly surprised by Novomatic’s Golden Reel slot game, as it offers more than you think. You can expect the wins to fall regularly on the reels, thanks to it being a medium variance slot game. Big wins will come during your free spins bonus, so keep your eyes open for the golden bullion bars.