Spin for Gold
Gold Rush may not have the most extravagant or luxurious theme in the slot machine world, but this game certainly does provide plenty of explosive spinning action. That is because this game by Playson is set deep underground in the dark depths of a gold mine where the work may be arduous and dangerous, but the rewards always have the potential for great riches and fortune.
The game presents its environment by depicting the reels within a makeshift wooden frame in front of a muddy wall. It doesn’t sound like the prettiest of settings does it? However, the game is given plenty of colour by a series of symbols which introduce a few mining characters. For example, spinners will meet the chief of mining himself, who looks adequately gruff and deranged enough to enjoy a life of shovelling mud about. But, the work can’t be that bad since he evidently gets a little bit of help from the local wildlife with other symbols showing a mole character wielding a shovel and a Miner’s canary – often used in historical mining industries as an early warning sign for unsafe conditions.
These explosions come courtesy of some special bonus icons. The first of these special gameplay elements is a wild detonator symbol which will literally explode whenever it appears on the game screen to expand and fill the entire reel. As such, the whole reel will take on wild properties to potentially complete winning sequences by substituting for other symbols. What’s more ever wild prize is increased by 1.35x the value of the total bet.
The next potentially explosive bonus icon is a TNT box which will appear sporadically during the game. Whenever this icon does show up, a stick of dynamite will be added to the box at the bottom of the game screen until a total of 10 sticks are collected. Once the box of explosives is full, the chief miner will stack them up and take players to a new screen where three unopened mines are presented. All that the punter has to do is select which mine entrance they want to blow up and explore. If the mine contains silver then 30% of the potential bonus prize is awarded, gold will give 60% of the total prize and gemstones will award the full bonus prize jackpot.
Last but not least, spinners can also trigger a special “Click-Me Bonus” when a mine cart icon appears on the first reel. In such an event, two more mine carts will appear and players will simply have to choose which one they think has the biggest bounty. If the cart returns with silver then 4x the amount of the total bet will be won while gold will fetch 7x the total bet and gem stones will go for 12x the total bet.
Place Your Bets
Gold Rush has 9 fixed paylines, but players still have ample room for manoeuvre when it comes to placing their wagers. The stakes per line begin from as little as 0.01 credits and rise as high as 5.00, making for a total possible bet of 45 credits. With your bets placed, you will be able to win the following line bet multiplier prizes for lining up symbol combinations on the paylines from left to right.
|Symbol||Three on a payline||Four on a payline||Five on a payline|
So, with a maximum line bet of 5 credits, you could potentially win a base game jackpot of 7,500 credits. That may not sound like a lot, but punters can always double their wins by playing the unique double-or-nothing gamble game of Gold Rush. In this side game, you will see a mineshaft with two elevators and you simply have to pick one of the elevators to reveal a pile of gold, in which case your wins will be doubled and you will be able to guess again. If, on the other hand, you pick to wrong elevator to reveal a dead canary bird, then you’ll have to get out of that mineshaft quick-sharp and leave the winnings from the previous spin behind.
Strike Gold with This Slot
Gold Rush is a very enjoyable slot machine to play. In terms of graphics, this slot machine has a cartoon quality to help draw out the novelty nature of the theme. However, the symbols and environment itself is far from being basic in appearance with a subtle 3D aspect to the images and plenty of explosive animations. The only downside is the fact that the payout schedule doesn’t offer the most rewarding wins for a 9-payline slot. But, nonetheless, there are plenty of bonus games to help you strike gold.