Powered by software from industry giant Microgaming, Gold Mine slot plays on a small grid with just three reels and three rows.
At the same time, there is a single horizontal Payline here. Classic Western saloons and mines of the gold rush form the theme, while the colour scheme goes heavy on red and gold – subtle it isn’t.
On the face of it, this game looks pretty basic, but actually there are more extras here than may seem the case at first glance.
How to play
Symbols will be familiar to one-armed-bandit fans, from lemons, cherries and oranges to cherries and single, double and triple BARs. As ever, you’ll need to line up three similar icons in a row to score a win.
Essentially, this game has two modes, and you need to collect bonus points to get to the second tier.
Gold Mine Slot Special Features
There are no traditional Wilds or Scatters in this game. Instead, various symbols such as the stick of dynamite and gold coins trigger various features, as described below.
There isn’t a free spins round, but plenty of other golden goodies, including:
Hold and Nudge
Throughout, holds are initiated at random. These allow you to lock a reel in place while the other reels keep spinning, hopefully bagging you winning combos.
The nudges also activate randomly. They mean you can shift one reel further if it helps you bag a winning combo.
Once you have three stick-of-dynamite icons on the Payline, you will need to choose an emblem and uncover the multiplier, which will be applied to your win.
These are your passport to the Super Game described below. Earn these via bonus coins appearing on the Payline. Alternatively, you can gamble your prize following each win. Even if you lose, some bonus points will still come your way. And if you win the gamble, what you’ve won doubles.
Bonus points are collected in the upper left-hand corner of your screen. Once you’re ready to play the Super Game, hit the Change Game button below the reels.
Super Game Bonus Features
Once you have three of the gold mine icons wherever you like on the reels, you’ll see a trio of mine entrances. Choose one to display a screen featuring nine gold nuggets. Continue to choose these nuggets and scoop up rewards until you reveal a dynamite emblem, which terminates this feature.
When three miner icons rock up anywhere on your screen, that’s your passport to this feature. Choose one of the 11 objects shown to discover how many WinSpins you have won – each one guarantees a win.
Gold Mine doesn’t feature a progressive jackpot. But there are plenty of other ways of winning big.
Return to Player
RTP or Return to Player in Gold Mine is 96.5%, or a shade above average. At the same time, you’ll find it’s a medium-variance game.
Even if you have a die-hard insistence on super-fancy features, you should still find plenty of interest in Gold Mine – although it won’t be for you if you must have a free spins round.
This is a good-looker of a game, with something quite refreshing about it, and there’s certainly more to it than meets the eye.
As if all that wasn’t enough, it’s potentially pretty lucrative, too. Indeed, you could enjoy a gold rush of your own! What’s more, this one should suit a broad range of players.
Try it out for yourself on free demo mode – and let us know how you got on.