Black Gold Pokie Review
The story goes that Ol’ Good Bill thanks his fortune for good luck and honest hard work. According to Betsoft, one has to blame it on Black Gold. This 5-reel 30-payline video slot finally reveals the truth. It is so simple: bet high, earn re-spins, free spins and instant cash prizes, and live it large! For an Aussie, Black Gold means up to $2000 in a base round, free spins with Wild and random multiplier, two bonus rounds with rewards and some more lavish extras. An Aussie will feel for sure the fantastic air of gold days of America’s black gold and will certainly not miss the opportunity to dip both hands into Black Oil and play it for real money!
Gameplay: How to start the rig
To start drilling and pumping oil right in an online casino, one has to take care of rig’s controls. “Choose Coin” adjusts the value of coins within a broad range from $0.01 to $1.00. “Select lines” activates from 1 to 30 paylines. “Bet per line” sets 1 to 5 coins per line. Thus one may drill the reels with a wager from $0.01 and up to $150. The Spin button triggers the reels and Bet Max Spin does the same but with the maximum wager of 150 coins to reach the depth of an oil field. Before setting the rig in motion, one should look at the symbols and wonder what all those Wild West symbols pay.
There are 8 payable symbols, all pay when there are 3 of a kind on any active payline, and reach top payouts when there are 5 of a kind. In ascending order of pays, there are No Trespassing sings (x2 – x10), Buffalo Horns (x5 – x25), Oil Valves (x10 – x50), Oil Taps (x15 – x60), Stetsons (x20 – x80), Oil Drums (x25 – x100), Ol’ Bill’s Horses (x50 – x200) and Ol’ Good Bill himself. He pays the best, up to $2000 in base round (at the top wager). All wins in a base round may be further multiplied by x2, x3, x4 and x5 and then by x5 again, for an unlimited number of times (read details below). There are also Barns, Drill and Oil Pumps triggering lavish features and extras with good wins. In fact, any win in a base round triggers a bonus feature. Here is how it works.
Central reel respins: A win as a trigger
Each time there is a winning combination in a base round, a win is paid and then it triggers a central reel respin, this time with a x2 multiplier to any standard win. That is, 5 Horses will pay up to $2000 instead of $1000 at the maximum bet. If there is a new winning combination, the win is paid and the feature is activated again, this time with a x3 multiplier (and 5 Horses make it to $3000). Each win during this feature will trigger it anew with a higher multiplier, up to x5, and then it lasts as long as wins last, each time with a x5 multiplier. There is a special display at the top right corner showing this multiplier. The feature may well turn the initial bet of $150 into $10,000 or more – there are no limits whatsoever in the central reel respins, except for one: it is unavailable in a free spin mode.
Free spins: Spin for free and multiply it hard!
Three or more Barn symbols anywhere on the reels trigger a Nighttime Free Spin Mode. At least 8 free spins are granted and some fat extra as well. During free spins the Barn becomes wild to all payable symbols and acts as a multiplier. A random multiplier applies to combos in which the wild is involved and gets bigger with every consecutive win, up to x10. That means that 4 Ol’ Good Bills plus a wild during free spins may earn you up to $20,000! Tip: bets are made and wins are paid in coins; to maximize your win, you should set the appropriate value of coins (the higher the better).
Drilling For Oil feature
Drilling for oils is always an uncertain guess: one may get a blowout or a kick or a moon pool and leave his hitch empty-handed… Nothing of the sort happens when there are 3 or more Drills anywhere on the reels! An Aussie should click a drill with a Click Me sign and unlock the well to let barrels and barrels of pure black gold pour into his account!
Make a guess: Higher or Lower bonus round
Oil Pumps are never ever there for nothing! Three or more Oil Pump symbols on reels 1, 2 and 5 triggers Higher or Lower bonus round. A gambler has to decide if the next number is higher or lower than the number currently displayed on the main screen. A correct guess always pays and fuels the balance. The round goes on and pays out until there are four hits or¬ four misses.
Bottom Line on Black Gold
This 5-reel 30-payline developed by Betsoft is a vivid recreation of oil rush, perfectly 3D animated and tastefully underscored. It is all about a lifetime chance to score an inexhaustible oil field and get filthy rich. The gameplay and features are made for earning it huge and all an Aussie needs to have is a bit of luck and patience. And then it starts, with up to $2000 payouts in base rounds and a chance to push it further up with unlimited free re-spins at a progressive x2-x5 multiplier. Free spins work with the Wild and a random progressive multiplier of x2-x10, plus a chance to score it up to $20,000 in a single spin. Two grasping bonus features fuel to the score. All in all, Black Gold is a mobile-friendly pokie, well-oiled to the best industry standards, as good as it gets.