Graphics - 65%
Gameplay - 66%
Bonuses - 71%
Value - 24%
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Big River Gold
Elk Studios, Play n go
Black River Gold from Elk Studio has 6 reels and it has 4,096 Ways To Win. This online slots for real money has a Wild West theme that’s chockablock with in-game features. Starting with the Cascading or Avalance Wins that increases to a mammoth 262,144 Ways To Win.
More importantly, the Avalanche feature allows you to gain successive wins on the same spin. The winning symbols disappear from the reels while new ones replace them. That’s the short and sweet version of it. If we look at the remainder of the moving parts. It sports a Compass Wild that enables symbols to increase in the size of up to 4×4. There’s a Revolver Feature too which we’ll get to in a moment.
Followed by a Free Spins feature with sticky wilds that offers you up to 25 Free Spins. All’s good and well, so far at least. But, what about the size of the jackpot and the volatility? The top cash prize offered on a single Free Spins is 5,000x your stake. So, if the maximum bet per spin is £$100. It sets you up for a top cash prize of £$500,000. The size of the jackpot tells us that Black River Gold is a high variance slot machine. We played the free slots version and rate it a 9/10 on our slots scale. This means that you must grind if you want to unlock its most valuable asset – The Free Spins. There’s no doubt that there’s a bit of gunslinging swagger involved here.
If we take into account the volatility of Black River Gold which is ultra-high variance by the way. The RTP of 96.1% is impressive. Okay, it’s more or less in line with most of the high variance beasts out there. Normally the RTP and the Hit Frequency go-hand-in-hand like Cinderella and her glass slipper. The hit ratio is 24.1%. The good news is that you can expect a payout on every 4th spin, or so.
The Rocky Mountain serves as the backdrop for the reels. The symbols on the reels are cards from J to Ace. Or, to be more precise the low-value symbols. The high-value symbols, on the other hand, are sheriff badges, broaches, whiskey tumblers, diamonds, revolvers, gems, and nuggets of gold. When 6 Kane symbols pitch, you’ll win 6x your stake. The Wild symbol is the red rose. It completes a winning combination when it subs symbols adjacent to it. Another interesting thing to us is that the size of the symbols varies from 2×2, 3×3 to 4×4.
Black River Gold has three bonus rounds. The Avalanche Feature has boosted stacked symbols that can pitch on any random spin. Interestingly, the Free Spins feature allows you to trigger an unlimited number of free spins. What’s more, transforming symbols spices up play in the Free Spins too.
The Avalanche Feature is part and parcel of the modern slot game. As the games become more interactive and intuitive the more prominent the Cascading system becomes. When you strike a winning combination of symbols. Black River Gold removes the winning symbols from the reels and replaces them with new symbols. It’s possible to strike a chain of up to 8 successive wins. That sounds glorious! Especially if it occurs in the Free Spins! Not, so?
Every time you hit a chain of Avalanches, you increase the Ways to Win. This is how things pan out:
Remember the big symbols? Well, when they pop up on the reels their size is 4×4. They also gobble up all the smaller symbols that are adjacent to them which unlocks the Revolver Feature. When the Revolver becomes a 4×4 symbol, the payout is usually good.
The Wild Compass has more spots than a leopard. Or, that’s the way we’re trying to explain it at least. When it pitches it transforms adjacent symbols into wilds as well.
The scatter symbol is what you want to see on the reels. To be more exact 3 or more of them. The number of free spins you’ll receive depends on the scatters:
You can re-trigger the Free Spin feature. If you wonder, how? Easy. That’s to say when another 3 or more scatters appear. You’ll receive another 25 free spins which pushes your total tally to 50 free spins.
The Avalanche Feature applies to the Free Spins too. Initially, it starts with 4 rows and 4,096 Ways to Win. Above all, you want to achieve the maximum of 262,144 Ways to Win. The maximum Avalanche, or 8 rows, if you will in the Free Spins. The sticky wild can pop up on every free spin as well. What’s interesting about the free spins is that you collect every single wild that appears. Which tells us that you can land a full screen of sticky wilds. To clarify, when this happens you’ll win the jackpot of 5,000x your stake.
Black River Gold sports all the amenities of a high variance slots for real cash. It has an Avalanche Feature, huge jackpot, and re-triggerable free spins feature. The fact that it clocks a 9/10 variance wise, means you there’s no free whiskey on the house. You have to earn it! Then again, as far as the Western Theme goes, it is not a bad slot, seriously. The pays are good at the lower end of the spectrum. So much so there’s enough in the base game to keep you busy. However, if you want something with way substance, Dead or Alive 2 is in town. It’s meaner than Billy The Kid and Wyatt Earp combined. Moreover, it offers plenty of gunslinging action to the tune of 100,000x your stake!