Grizzly Gold Introduction
It's hard not to think of the 2015 epic western film The Revenant featuring Leonardo DiCaprio when you see this slot, and frankly, the bear in Blueprint Gaming's new Grizzly Gold looks equally pissed off. But fear not as the only thing in danger is your bank account in this high variance scatter-teasing slot.
Blueprint slots are primarily characterised by its hallmark random features often included in the main game that may or may not trigger following the activation of an animation. Grizzly Gold has none of that however and is, in contrast to most other Blueprint slots, quite simplistic and straight-forward as you will see.
Expecting a roaring and boisterous soundtrack, we were a bit surprised by the tranquil, almost zen-like music, featured in this game. It's quite pleasing to the eye as well with its autumn theme and enchanting golden coloured forest backdrop.
Mechanically, Grizzly Gold is a 1024 win-all-ways slot with 5 reels, 4 rows that comes with a 96% RTP. This is a high variance beast that can be played from €0.20 to €100 a spin so it should be approached with some caution.
Grizzly Gold Symbols & Paytable
The low-value symbols are represented by your typical A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 royals while the premiums are made up of animals inhabiting the North American forests such as owls, lynxes, wolves and moose. As the principal character, the grizzly bear is the most profitable out of all symbols and yields a 6.25 times the stake win should you land 5 across a payline.
All symbols can appear stacked three symbols high on the reels which can result in some decent wins in the main game, although, being a slot of very high volatility, almost all of the potential is in the bonus. Furthermore, the bear paw symbol, which is the wild, substitutes for all symbols bar the scatter and has a very central role in the bonus.
Grizzly Gold Bonus
The Grizzly Gold Bonus is what this slot is all about which means that without it you won't see any significant wins. To activate it, players need to land at least 3 Grizzly Bear scatter symbols anywhere on the reels - 3, 4 or 5 rewards 8, 15 or 20 free spins respectively. Keep an eye on the scatter during the course of the bonus as another 2, 3, 4 or 5 will award you an additional 5, 8, 15 or 20 free spins. There is no limit to how many times it can retrigger, at least in theory.
Central to the bonus is the bear paw wild symbol which is now turned into a multiplier. It now appears as a 2x wild or 3x wild. There is a real possibility of triggering the maximum 27x multiplier should you land three times 3x wilds. The bonus has a win potential of 10,000 times your stake but is capped at €250,000 which may be good to know for high rollers.
Grizzly Gold Conclusion
Grizzly Gold is a very volatile slot so proceed with caution. We found that, like many other Blueprint slots, it gives quite a lot of scatter teases which can be somewhat annoying. The bonus frequency is relatively low too, which is necessary in order for the slot to be able to pay out those massive jackpot wins it is capable of.
In our opinion, the main game is a bit repetitive, and we actually miss the random features that we usually see in other Blueprint games, but for this game, the studio decided to go for a straight-forward all-or-nothing high variance beast. The bonus holds some insane potential so if you're lucky enough to land those 3+ Grizzly Bear scatters you may be in for a treat.
Grizzly Gold isn’t a bad game, and it makes do with what it has going for it.