Christmas Gold Digger

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Christmas Gold Digger: Slot Overview

When picturing the ideal Christmas situation, how many would imagine themselves spending the day with a prospector at the bottom of a mine shaft? For those that would, here is the ideal scenario in the form of Christmas Gold Digger, an online slot from developer iSoftBet. Christmas slots are a given as the end of the year starts closing in, and another given is that some of them end up being reskinned to a certain degree. It makes sense if people are only going to be playing them for five minutes before returning to their non-festive favourites. So it is with Christmas Gold Digger, which is, for all intents and purposes, a reskin of iSoftBet's popular release Gold Digger.

This one's got a lot more Christmas references, and you might be wondering how all that snow ended up so far underground. If it's not snow, it's some snow substitute the prospector has rummaged up from somewhere. Best to just go with it. Along with the snow is the usual seasonal décor – an Xmas tree, bells, mistletoe (with Gus the prospector lurking beneath some), Santa hats, lights, the usual. It's pretty spirited, and the Christmas in a mine message comes across loud and clear.

Christmas Gold Digger slot
Christmas Gold Digger slot - base game

Christmas Gold Digger gets its cheer on across a 5-reel, 3-row game panel with 20 fixed ways to win. It may be played on a mobile, tablet, or desktop device, and players can pick a suitable bet from a minimum of 20 p/c up to a maximum of $/€20 per spin. Running the show is a medium/high volatile math model that has a theoretical return to player value of 96%.

Eight pay symbols appear on the reels in Gold Hold & Win Respins. Four of them are snow-covered J-A card royals worth 1.5 to 4 times the stake for a five-symbol win, increasing to 5-25x the bet for five pickaxes, lamps, mine carts, and Gold Diggin' Gus premium symbols. The last tile up, for now, is the wild, which substitutes for any regular pay symbol.

Christmas Gold Digger: Slot Features

Christmas Gold Digger slot
Christmas Gold Digger slot - free spins splash screen

Gold Digger came out before the iSoftBet Hold&Win deluge really set in, so maybe Gus was one of the catalysts that kickstarted the movement. Anyway, as well as Gold Hold & Win respins, Christmas Gold Digger has a trio of Gold Digger modifiers available in the base game.

Gold Digger Modifiers

Gold Diggin' Gus is the instigator of these features. Should he toss dynamite on the board, 3-5 symbols are turned into wilds. His pickaxes can transform symbols into Gold Nuggets, while TNT ignitions explode to upgrade low-pay symbols to one kind of higher-value symbol.

Gold Hold & Win Respins

Gold Nuggets bear prize values of x1, x2, x3, x5, x7, x10, x15, x25, x30, x40, x50, x100, x250, x375, x500, x750, x1000 & x1,250 the bet. Landing 5 of them triggers the Gold Hold & Win respins feature, which initially awards 3 respins. Triggering Gold Nuggets are locked to the reels, and should new Gold Nuggets land on a respin, they are locked while returning the count back to 3. During the feature, blanks, Gold Nuggets and Gems may land. Gems are collected, and when 3 of the same type of Gem are collected, their corresponding Cash Booster is triggered:

  • Blue Gems can unlock up to three extra rows.
  • Green Gems increases all Gold Nugget values in view to their higher level, but not past 1,250x.
  • Red Gems award an extra respin, so when they reset the first time, for instance, it'll be four rather than three.
  • Purple Gems increase the multiplier level from x2 to x5, then x10 at the most.

Each Cash Booster can be collected three times at the most per respins round. When the grid is full of nuggets, or the number of spins runs out, the round ends. Then the value of all visible nuggets is awarded. The final thing to note is that landing Gems also resets the respins count back to three.

Christmas Gold Digger slot
Christmas Gold Digger slot - respins bonus

Christmas Gold Digger: Slot Verdict

It kind of goes without saying that your thoughts on the original Gold Digger slot will be pretty close to bang on the same as those about Christmas Gold Digger. At the time of the original review, Gold Digger provided an enjoyable playthrough, yet it didn't come across as being particularly spectacular, yet it clearly went on to receive a decent measure of success, spawning a Megaways remake and now a Christmas do-over. Fans of the previous two slots might be rueing the fact that iSoftBet chose not to use the Megaways version for the Christmas makeover. But who knows, Christmas occurs each year, so maybe the studio is holding it back for a later release?

For now, we've got Christmas Gold Digger, which is just as pleasantly playable as the first one was; just now, it's got more boxed gifts. As a Christmas clone, it kind of works. iSoftBet has crammed in enough imagery to evoke the season without doing anything hugely special or unique to commemorate it. For something more original, Lucksome Games' bad Santa approach in Saint Nicked is well worth a look. It's a classic example of a studio deciding to honour the festive season with something not only original but humorous at the same time. Back to Christmas Gold Digger, there were few surprises, though the Hold & Win round is as good as it ever was. The original came with a max win figure of 8,320x the bet, so winning potential here is likely to be sound as well, if not exactly the same.

Scoring a solid result from Christmas Gold Digger would naturally be a rather positive outcome. However, even if the max win isn't achieved, Christmas Gold Digger is still a fun game to play, even if heading beneath the earth to engage in a spot of mining comes across as a peculiar way to celebrate the season.


Christmas Gold Digger does what it says on the tin, delivering some Christmas down a mine shaft action.

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