|Manufacturer:||NextGen Gaming||Bet Per Spin:||£0.02 – £80.00|
|Bonus Features:||Yes||Free Spins:||Yes|
|RTP:||95.20%||Game Type:||Video Slot|
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The California Gold Rush began in 1848 and lasted just seven years but during that period around 300,000 prospectors arrived from all over the world to try their luck in the mines and riverbeds. This subject offers lots of scope for online slots and so here we find California Gold from NextGen Gaming, a game with two bonus features and an opportunity to gamble your winnings.
California Gold is a five reel slot with three rows and up to twenty paylines; the reels spin within the confines of some rotting wooden boards while in the background there’s the blue skies and mountains of this undiscovered country.
All the symbols are theme-related and include a miner behind a rock, a gold mine, a struggling donkey, a cart of gold, a panning dish, sticks of dynamite, a map, a lamp, a barrel and a pickaxe.
The Mad Miner symbol is wild and appears only on reels two, three and four – he can also trigger one of the features. The shining gold nugget is the scatter symbols which activates the free spins.
This game is triggered by landing three or more of the gold nugget scatter symbols anywhere in view; you will now receive ten free spins and everything you win will be subject to a 3x multiplier.
Landing three or more scatters during this round will award more free spins and it’s also possible to activate the Mad Miner Feature from here.
Mad Miner Bonus Game
This mini-game is triggered by landing the Mad Miner on reels two, three and four. As you can see from the video above you will be presented with four mines so just pick one. Your miner will zoom down the shaft in a cart, trying to grab gold stars (labelled ‘ounces’) along the way. Your prize is the number of ounces collected multiplied by the total stake.
Any win can be gambled by clicking the ‘Gamble’ button below the reels and you can try to double or quadruple that win by guessing the outcome of a turn of a playing card.
California Gold is a little dated but it’s not bad for a few spins; the features seem reasonably easy to trigger and the graphics are good fun. It has an RTP of 95.20%.