Rolling In Gold: Slot Overview
If there is one kind of slot which reappears with near frightening regularity it’s the gold mining sort. On a certain level, this makes perfect sense. Chipping away at stone walls in the hope of unearthing gold nuggets is a pretty strong metaphor for playing slots. The two activities share a similar core goal, plus there is plenty of great imagery for developers to make use of. The problem is they use it a lot, and these types of slots can get a bit samey after a while.
At first, Rolling In Gold from Blueprint Gaming appears to fall into this category. Aside from the unusual set up using 6 reels in a 3-3-4-4-4-4 configuration, it comes across as your typical, albeit good looking, mining slot. The positive news is the studio has juiced up the hold & win mechanic, which is standard in many of these games, to produce some highly entertaining moments.
Mention the words ‘mining slot’, and a bunch of images immediately spring to mind. There’s the old-time miner, sticks of dynamite, gold nuggets, rickety wooden structures, and mining carts. Rolling In Gold has all of that, but to be fair to Blueprint Gaming, they’ve pulled it off with flair. Symbols have a highly defined look, while the gold, whether in bags, carts, or in the form of nuggets, sparkle brightly, making the whole package a pleasant one to look at. A banjo-picking soundtrack adds to the atmosphere as does the prospector who calls out at various points in the game. Add it up, and you’ve got a warm familiar scene to fill a few nugget sacks in.
Players can trip down the shaft on any device, selecting bets from 10 p/c to £/€10 per spin along the way. Like actual prospecting, playing Rolling In Gold can take a bit of patience to hit pay dirt. Despite using a 2,304 pay ways system, the hit rate appeared pretty low, and getting to Diamond Spins (by far the best part of Rolling In Gold) will take a healthy dose of luck. It’s far from being a tight slot though, possessing an RTP of 96.03% to go with a medium/high volatility.
The paytable is a veritable what’s what of mining themed slots. Regular pay symbols start with blue, yellow, red gems; followed by picks, hardhats, and lanterns. Next is a donkey, a bag of gold, a cart of gold, and finally the gold fixated miner. The last two symbols on the list are the most valuable premiums, worth 5-10 times the stake for a six of a kind win.
Rolling In Gold: Slot Features
There are few surprises about the inclusion of a nugget infested hold & win feature in Rolling In Gold; however, this one can take you to some unexpected places. The keys here are the wild and scatter symbols. The dynamite wild is a little different than usual, being responsible for two functions – it substitutes for all symbols in the game except gold nugget scatters, and also plays a part in triggering the Gold Spins when wilds appear on reels 1 and 2 along with a nugget on the third reel.
Gold Spins take place on 4×4, 16 position grid which carries over any triggering gold nuggets from the base spin and starts with 3 spins. Each tile here spins individually, landing empty spaces, diamonds, or new nuggets. If nuggets land, spins are reset back to 3. When spins run out and Diamond Spins have not been triggered, the feature ends, awarding the value of all in view nuggets. If you’re lucky enough to collect 3 diamond symbols, then Diamond Spins are awarded.
The Diamond Spins bonus is similar to the previous with a few significant differences. One, players are allocated 3 spins only to strike it big – diamond symbols do not reset the amount. On a positive note, Diamond symbols can have much higher values compared to their gold nugget counterparts. In addition, next to the main 4×4 grid there’s a giant diamond that spins on its own reel, applying a multiplier of x2, x3, x4, x5, or x10 to the value of diamond symbols in view. When the 3 spins have been played, the total prize amount is paid before heading back to the main game.
Rolling In Gold: Slot Verdict
Did we really need to dive down one more shaft to dig for precious ore in another gold mining themed slot? Possibly not, yet Blueprint Gaming has nevertheless delivered a fine example of this type of game. Its clever twist on a regular feature elevates Rolling In Gold beyond mediocre status. The graphics are good too and employing a pay all ways system rather than having a limited number of paylines you often see in many mining slots is a plus as well. Not sure exactly why the first two reels had to have fewer symbols than the other four, but it doesn’t detract from the gaming at all. Quite the opposite, and Rolling In Gold’s polished execution gives it a slight Megaways feel.
The main event is obviously Diamond Spins which are a riot if you can make it so deep into the game. They transform what is a pretty average hold & win feature into one of the most exciting to play. During testing, the biggest diamond symbols had a base value of 200x, so when combined with the 10x multiplier you’re looking at some big single symbol wins. Of course, getting there isn’t the easiest task to accomplish. However, when Diamond Spins triggered, only twice did they end up on less than 1,000x the stake. Naturally, this is no guarantee of future results, but Diamond Spins could be relied on in test runs to perform well.
Fair dues, while Rolling In Gold doesn’t exactly revolutionise gold mining slots, it’s not a bad game at all either – provided Diamond Spins are reached. Failing to trigger them does mean the experience is a lot more conventional. Players who like to lose themselves down mine shafts or favour hold & win features are likely to get a forceful kick out of Rolling In Gold.
A couple of interesting twists – principally a new take on the regular hold & win feature – pushes Rolling In Gold into must-see territory for fans of this style.