Deal or No Deal: Golden Game: Slot Overview
The Deal or No Deal gravy train rumbles on with another release in the long lineup of DOND themed slots from Blueprint Gaming. Deal or No Deal Golden Game also borrows inspiration from slots like 9 Masks of Fire by jamming on a fixed jackpot feature. Fret not fans; there is plenty of box opening going on to win free spins where special gold symbols trigger multipliers.
The atmosphere is a little subdued when you first step into Deal or No Deal Golden Game. A 5-reel, 3-row grid providing 20 paylines takes centre stage in front of a shimmering golden wall and an eight rung jackpot ladder. Tension starts to mount once the pulsating DOND soundtrack takes over, leaving you in no doubt as to which game show you’ve stumbled into – provided you’ve actually seen the show, of course. Fans of the concept should feel right at home though, despite Deal or No Deal Golden Game being one of the more restrained DOND versions out there.
Box opening shenanigans occur on any device, offering a range of bets starting at 20 p/c and rising to £/€10 per spin. Toning down the math model to fit a more general consumption, volatility has been set to a medium-high level while RTP is 95.5%. It’s not super brutal, but it can be tough, as well as nail-biting during free spins when the multiplier meter is flashing higher values. There is an all-or-nothing nature due to the jackpots, but free spin wins can be as impressive if the win cap is anything to go by.
Regular wins occur in Deal or No Deal Golden Game when matching symbols line up left to right from reel number one. Most are recognisable from the show, such as question mark mugs, banker seals, notepads, and sealed letters. The higher value symbols are slightly out of place single, double, and triple bars worth 7.5 to 37.5 times the stake for 5 of a kind. The wild symbols are worth way more at 125 times the stake should 5 line up, though that will be an ultra-rare occurrence. The wild’s main job is stepping in for any symbol except the telephone scatter or the red box icons.
Deal or No Deal: Golden Game: Slot Features
It wouldn’t be a Deal or No Deal game without the banker showing up somewhere to tempt players with his offers. In Deal or No Deal Golden Game, he appears right before the round of free spins start. As well as free spins, the game has an instant cash pot win feature, triggered when the right number of scatters land.
Red boxes are the symbol you need to win one of the Fixed Pot Jackpots. They land on any reel, and the more there are, the bigger the prize will be. So, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 in view lead to a win of 1x, 5x, 15x, 40x, 100x, 500x, 2,000x, or 5,000x your stake. If you win a prize worth between 40 and 500x, the banker will call to let you exchange winnings for free spins as part of the Deal or No Deal Exchange feature.
The other scatter type is an old-fashioned rotary phone which lands on reels 2 to 4. When 3 are in view, the game shifts to box pick mode. Just like the show, the prizes, in this case free spins, are displayed on the side of the screen. Players pick one box which stays till the end, then work their way through opening the others. The free spin values that emerge from an opened box are removed from the list. At regular intervals, the banker calls to tempt you with free spins, which you can deal or no deal. You keep picking until accepting an offer or opening your box at the end.
Once you’ve cleared that stage, it’s on to free spins. Here, symbols may appear with a golden background. When a certain number of these symbols land, they activate a multiplier – the trail you can see below the reels. If enough land at once, it’s possible to achieve a multiplier of up to x20.
Deal or No Deal: Golden Game: Slot Verdict
As is usually the case with slots in the DOND range, Deal or No Deal Golden Game is made for followers of the TV-show to the virtual exclusion of anyone else. Fortunately for Blueprint, there are loads of fans out there ready to take on the latest challenge the banker has to throw at them. Each has a unique little twist to differentiate itself from the others, thereby justifying its existence. One of the good things about Deal or No Deal Golden Game is the twists provide plenty of entertainment for those into the show.
First is the lure of hitting up to 5,000x on any spin should enough scatters land. This sort of feature has proven popular in other games and has managed to enhance Deal or No Deal Golden Game as well. It might be right out of the Gameburger playbook, but hey, you don’t play DOND to taste cutting-edge features. You play it to swindle the banker out of as much cash as possible while opening boxes along the way. Opening boxes before free spins makes great use of the device and provides ample opportunity for glory or obscurity.
Free spins may actually be more profitable than the Jackpot feature, so the game comes with Blueprint’s standard £250,000 win cap. Just how close players will come to hitting that remains to be seen, though a 20x multiplier in free spins certainly helps.
In summation, Deal or No Deal Golden Game lives and breathes more than enough of the popular show to delight fans. It’s not as flashy as some others in the DOND range, such as the Megaways version, but loads of familiar sights and sounds have been splashed across the reels to make it feel homely.
Golden Game is another entry in the DOND lineup sure to please fans of the show while leaving others slightly confused.