A Wild-West-themed slot that offers remarkable three-dimensional animation and masterful attention to detail all over the design of the reels and the background landscape, Black Gold Slots is yet another spectacular Betsoft work of art.
Looks and Limits
The main character of the main screen is located to the left of the reels-a grown man, riding a horse, wearing a giant hat and being in possession of an equally over-sized white moustache. The animal is also spectacularly rendered with its tail bouncing left and right. The horse would often jump back in an act of restlessness accumulated under the heat, while the rider would often tap the horse on the neck as if trying to calm it down. The background imagery depicts the endless wasteland with oil drilling equipment and machinery visible all around and standing out with its photo-realistic metallic surface. The sight’s beauty becomes complete with the endless blue sky, which is riddled with shapeless clouds. The reels themselves are positioned in the interior of a very rusty building with a roof that looks like it is ready to fall apart after a single downpour. The payline numbers are presented as part of the left and the right wall. The Choose Coin, Select Lines, Bet per Line, Spin and Max Bet Spin options are various filthy objects, which are part of the everyday routine of the average oil driller. The game features 5 reels, 3 rows and 30 paylines. Coin sizes start at 2 cents and can go as high as 50 cents. That makes for a maximum possible bet of 150 dollars.
All the symbols on the paytable offer 3 winning combinations that include from 3 to 5 matching symbols. The highest paying symbol of the game is the rider from the main screen. He delivers 500, 1000 and 2000 coins. The horse is next, paying 250, 500 and 1000 coins. The blue barrels, filled with oil provide gamblers with 125, 250 and 500 coins. A symbol depicting a collection of the rider’s personal items – hat, stashes of money and a couple of cigars, brings 100, 200 and 400 coins. The crane with the single black drop of oil hanging from it pays 75, 150 and 300 coins. The wheel valve of the pipe offers 50, 125 and 250 coins. The two-horned wall decoration gives 25, 50 and 125 coins. The “Private Property: Do Not Trespass” sign on the metal fence grants 10, 25 and 50 coins.
The rest of the symbols in the game don’t offer payouts but they do have some very profitable effects. The Barn symbol, for example, is capable of initiating the free spins bonus round, provided that at least 3 of it show up on the reels. Every Barn symbol that makes an appearance during the free spins will become a wild and add a multiplier to every earning made via a winning combination. The biggest multiplier value available is 10. Then, there is the Drill symbol. Get at least 3 of those and the “Drilling for Oil Click Me” feature will begin. Then the player will need to choose one of three Oil Drills and receive a prize. The third bonus game in Black Gold Slots goes by the name “Higher or Lower Bonus Round”. This feature is dependent on the Oil Pump symbol. If you get that symbol on the first, the second and the fifth reel simultaneously, the bonus game will be activated. A number will be shown on the screen and you will have to make the decision whether the next number that is about to appear will be higher or lower. 4 correct guesses and 4 wrong guesses will end the round with the first outcome resulting in a win and the latter resulting in disappointment. The final feature is the Center Reel Respin. Every time a winning combination leads to an earning on the reels, the central reel will spin again, following the paying out of the prize. Every time the central reel is spun again, the multiplier number in the top right corner of the main screen will increase; it could be 1, 2, 3 and 5. The re-spins will keep going as long as a winning combination is formed.
Black Gold Slots is another undeniable masterpiece from Betsoft, uniting extraordinary looks and rich, diverse gameplay, which offers both profitable symbols and generous bonuses.