Sat, Sep 28, 4:45am by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:06am
Pay Dirt is an online pokie which takes you back to the early days of the Gold Rush when many travelled west in search of fame and fortune. It was a dangerous time, and this is reflected by the presence of both a gold miner and a villain holding a pistol on the reels. This might sound serious, but the cartoon style graphics give the game a sense of fun, with dogs and ponies on the reels adding to the appeal. Just like you, the characters in the game are all aiming to get their hands on some gold!
This RealTime Gaming designed gambling machine is high on variety, with three features to enjoy. Here are the ‘strike it rich’ highlights of Pay Dirt:
The Pay Dirt title symbol, showing the name on a wooden post in the ground, acts as the scatter. Land 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols and you’ll gain immediate wins of 2x, 20x and 200x your total stake as well as triggering the feature. The feature will start by you picking one of the scatter symbols, which will reveal one of the three following free spins features:
Gold Rush! – In this first feature you’ll be awarded 12 free games, where the grouped wild symbols can now appear on all five reels (instead of the two reels in the base game). Three more pay dirt symbols will award a further 12 spins.
Gold Fever! – In the second feature you’ll be awarded 5 free games, with gold nuggets taking up the entirety of reel 3 on every spin. You can retrigger this feature for a further 5 spins.
Strike it Lucky! – 5 gold mines will be revealed, and you’ll choose one to reveal a bonus symbol, with potentially additional picks revealing additional bonus symbols. You’ll now play 10 free games, with each bonus symbol now transforming into a golden nugget wild. A retrigger will award a further 10 free games.
During Pay Dirt you have the opportunity of winning a progressive jackpot. This is awarded at random after any spin, with greater opportunity of winning the higher the stake you play.
Pay Dirt features a default number of 25 win-lines, but you can prospect exactly how you want, as that number can be changed to any between 1 and 25. The reels have the popular 5×3 set up. During the base game, the wild nugget appears on reels 2 and 4 and will substitute for every other symbol apart from the scatter, with any wild wins multiplied by 3.
A look at the pay table shows you both the standard wins and the wild wins. The highest payer is the gold mine itself, worth an eye-catching 10,000 coins for the maximum five in a row, boosted to 30,000 coins for a wild win. Other symbols in the game include the miner, the pistol-toting villain, dogs and ponies, dynamite and various mining tools.
Pay Dirt features a cartoon style design, giving the game a feeling of fun and entertainment throughout. The backdrop to the reels shows an early mining set up, with huts set up to live in, next to the hastily arranged mining apparatus. The reels are filled by a colourful array of symbols, where the dog and the pony are the most endearing of all. Land a wild win with the nuggets and these will rotate as they offer that golden win.
This RealTime Gaming pokie is an enjoyable ride as it transports you back to the early days of the gold prospectors. The game has an amusing feel from start to finish, with the opportunity to win big at any time. The wild multiplier in play during the base game is a nice touch, while the range of free spins features offers something different every time – that variety keeping the game fresh. Give this pokie a spin and you might find gold yourself.