Elven Gold: Slot Overview
Despite a rapidly growing range of options, Just For The Win's 'Gold' series of slots tend to offer a similar gaming experience with a few adjustments to stats and overall winning potential. All follow a pattern made famous by Gameburger Studio's surprise hit 9 Masks of Fire, offering relatively simple gaming with the goal of stacking scatters to win instant cash hits. In Elven Gold's favour, it does dangle one of the biggest piles of cash to be found in Just For Win's Gold range.
After using slot staples such as Irish, Western, and African wildlife, Elven Gold deviates from the script by running its game in an enchanted environment. Shades of Ruby Casino Queen are provided by a full reel female elf symbol, though the rest of the visuals are more developed than in their older game. In Elven Gold, players spin a 5-reel, 40-payline game window deep in elvish territory where a blurry image of their woodland settlement can just be made out in the back. What's clearer is a barrel rotating above the grid displaying prize values and how many scatters you'll need to trigger them. The values are multiples of the bet, and one or two of them are rather tempting indeed.
Hitting the big prizes won’t be an easy task, and Elven Gold is a highly volatile game. In short, if you don’t manage to force something major from the prize wheel, it will be tough to get ahead. 40 paylines are provided to land regular wins on, which occur at a frequency of 36.17%, or better than one spin in three on average. The game’s theoretical return value isn’t bad either, at 96.71%, so Elven Gold presents a respectable set of numbers on the whole.
Like other Gold games, Elven Gold uses a mix of classic icons and proprietary symbols. From low to high, you will find four gemstones as the theme-based symbols, then Bar combinations, followed by single, double, and triple Bar symbols – the latter three types are worth payouts of 10 to 17.5 times the stake. The most valuable symbol is the elven lady paying up to 30x the bet for five of a kind. She can land in any size from 1x1 up to 1x4, covering a full reel. A big golden 'W' is wild and is worth the same as the elf lady when landing in combinations of itself. Usually, though, the wild is busy replacing any other pay symbol to complete a winning line.
Elven Gold: Slot Features
Elven Gold comes with several features to maximise returns, climaxing in scatters collection prizes, which are assisted by a short, intense round of free spins. A golden owl is the bonus scatter which may land in any position. What you want is for at least 4 or more to appear on the base game in one spin to trigger a cash prize. The more in view equates to a larger win where 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 on the reels at once payout of 1x, 5x, 15x, 25x, 50x, 100x, 250x, 1,500x, or 15,000x the total stake. Scatter payouts are added to any applicable line wins.
Racking up more scatters is made slightly easier during free spins, triggered when 3 free spin symbols land on reels 2, 3, and 4 in the base game. Once in, 3 spins are awarded, and when scatter symbols land during the feature, they are collected rather than paying straight away. They also reset the free spins counter back to 3 as well. When the feature is completed by free spins running out, the number of scatters pays out a prize the same way it is in the base game. So, at least 4 scatters are needed to win something, while 12 scatters triggers the 15,000x payday.
Unusual for JFTW's Gold range, Elven Gold provides a feature buy option. Instead of waiting for 3 scatters to land naturally, you can pay 50x the total stake to guarantee them on the next spin. This then launches the free spins feature, which plays out in the same manner as described above.
Elven Gold: Slot Verdict
As far as these Gold slots go, Elven Gold is one of the better releases. It has a more original theme than what we’ve seen so far, and while Just For The Win hasn’t dived too deep, the Elven theme brings a touch of magic to the reels. Even better, for players more concerned with numbers than bare midriff elves, is that Elven Gold’s stats make for encouraging reading. RTP is one of the highest in the range and would be respectable in any game.
Other positives include a frequent hit rate and an impressive max win. One thing that crippled the previous one, Serengeti Gold, was a top prize so low it didn’t make sense picking it over any of the others. Elven Gold avoids this awkward situation by packing one of the largest scatter prizes in the series. Top awards still go to Emerald Gold, with its 25,000x max win, but Elven Gold comes a close(ish) second.
What might make Elven Gold more appealing to certain players is its bonus buy option. You’ll likely collect a larger number of scatters during the free spins round than by landing them all at once on a base game spin – though you pay a premium for the privilege.
Despite the positives, it’s all much of a muchness. There isn’t a lot separating Elven Gold from other Gold games unless bonus buys are your preference. Like many of its competitors, JFTW has found a concept that works for them and is apparently going to milk it for all it's worth. Still, if you’re after a 9 Masks of Fire experience with greater winning potential, there’s nothing preventing Elven Gold from being a suitable choice.
Elven Gold offers no major surprises for a Gold range game, though a slightly less orthodox theme and a bonus buy feature lifts its appeal.