Pick a Miner for Extra Wilds in the Bonus Feature
This pokie is at the quirky end of the spectrum when it comes to Aristocrat titles. The setup and game-play are instantly recognisable as coming from the Aussie giant software house. Symbols and animations are new. The theme is a gold mine. There are explosions, laughing miners and carts on the reels. When you get to the feature, you’ll be hoping to see as many gold-plated versions of the winning symbols as possible.
Is it Worth Digging for Wins on the Where’s the Gold Pokie?
You’ll find a couple of unusual aspects to this machine, which make it different from many Aristocrat titles. Here is what stands out:
To trigger the free spins, you need 3 or more bundles of dynamite on the reels. You can’t miss them, as they literally land with a bang! There are scatter prizes for these symbols too. All 5 gets you 50x your total spin amount. The number you get does not change the number of free spins you receive. To find out how many, you get to play an entertaining sub-game.
You’ll see a screen with 5 characters, each standing above a mine shaft. There are men and women, and all of them have different implements. One is panning for gold, one has a pickaxe and another a net.
After you select your miner, things start moving fast. All the characters get busy, and under them you will see gold nuggets and symbols from the reels appearing.
When the mining stops the one you picked determines how many free spins (based on nuggets) and which symbols are wild (up to 3). You can win a maximum of 10 free spins, with the 3 wild symbols.
You now go back to the reels. Your symbols from the picks game now come in gold plated versions. These are wild symbols – substituting for any other symbols apart from the dynamite bonus ones. If you get all 3, you can expect some big hits from this. You can retrigger this bonus, with your spins simply doubled.
This pokie uses the older 25-line setup which a lot of online games from Aristocrat use. You can lower the number of win lines and have some flexibility in the amount you bet per line (starting at just 1c). There is also a gamble after win option, based on the flip of a playing card – along with an autoplay option.
A cheery looking miner with a white beard is the biggest paying symbol. This guy is worth 1000 coins for the maximum 5 and pays from just 2 of a kind. Next comes a view from inside the mine – looking out at a starry sky. This is worth 500 coins for 5. A cart and some tools complete the line-up of unique symbols.
No prizes for guessing what Aristocrat used for the filler symbols on this pokie – the playing cards. Aces down to jacks are in play.
I like the way the entire set of reels look like they are underground. You can see the surface just above them, with sunset tones and silhouettes of plants. The pokie logo shows the miner. He is poking out of the ‘O’ of the word gold.
There is nothing special about the symbols, these are bright and basic and good enough to get the job done. The mine entrance is nicely designed, I like the view point from inside the tunnel.
When the bonus game starts, the animations are on the crazy side. While a lot of character has been put into the people, when they all start mining together things are a little overwhelming. You won’t mind if you get several gold-plated symbols for the next part of the bonus!
Sounds include the explosions from the dynamite, laughs from the miner – and the usual selection of clicks and beeps which distinguish Aristocrat pokies from the rest.
This is an enjoyable and quirky slot. It does not have a whole lot of features, relying on a single 2-part free spins game to keep you interested. If you do get 3 symbols as wilds (plus a lot of free spins), this can be a very profitable bonus game.