Theme of the Game
It is the year of the rooster according to the Chinese Zodiac so this animal already serves as an inspiration to many, including NextGen whose title Golden is based on this farm animal. The theme, however, is not based on the Chinese tradition, though there are some amulets that remind of it.
Golden comes with 243 ways to win set against a typical farm showing hens and chicks on the reels. Naturally, the rooster is the most important symbol and it has the power to replace even the Scatter. Watch out for the rooster during the Free Spins as he turns Golden and justifies the name of the game.
Golden comes out of NextGen’s kitchen and we know that they can do better. Their slots usually sport a glossy look and include innovative and creative features, which is not exactly the case with Golden.
Their slots are available on all platforms: online, mobile, social and land-based. NextGen company is seated in London with offices in Stockholm and Sydney. As of 2011 they are a part of NYX Gaming Group.
How to Play It
To start this farm-themed spinner you will need a stake of at least $0.25 which can be set by clicking on arrows on the left side of the screen. The spin button is one the right while the rest of the control options can be accessed via settings button.
When you click the settings button a new window will appear giving you the option to set the coin value, number of automatic spins if you wish to let the machine play and you can see the payouts table.
Speaking of payouts, the highest-paying icon is the silhouette of a rooster which pays 2,000 coins for five identical symbols. Next symbol in line is the barn which pays 1,000 coins for five of a kind, while the hen will pay 500. Little chick and eggs, next to playing cards icons can be considered low-value symbols.
Pay special attention to the main animal in the farm house, the rooster as he acts as the Wild in this game. Not only can he replace any standard game symbol in a winning combination, but it can also replace the Scatter. This means that your chances of winning Free Spins are doubled.
The Scatter is a golden coin with a lucky feather attached to it and it will serve to activate the free play. On top of that the Scatter will return your stake 50 times when you land three of them on dedicated reels.
Life is pretty simple on a farm. So is the theme which by the look of it does not leave an impression of being packed with new and mind-blowing features. Actually, the main attraction turns out to be the basic Free Spins round. However, the rooster steps in to make this game more interesting and even unpredictable.
When three Scatters land on reels 2, 3 and 4 at the same time with or without the help of Wild Rooster, it will be a sign that 10 Free Spins are about to be launched. That is when the unpredictable happens: the rooster and the golden coin merge so the rooster becomes a statue of gold.
This new symbol represents both Scatter and Wild at the same time during the Free Spins. This means that a single symbol will be needed to participate in the winning combination and to retrigger the free play. Another important fact is that the wins scored with the help of five identical icons will be multiplied by 5 during the Free Spins game.
Golden slot comes at a price of $0.25 for those who wish their balance account to last longer, but it goes all the way up to $250, which will be enough for high-rollers. Logically, the more you bet the more you can win so it is up to you.
The biggest prize during the main game is 2,000 coins and you can win it if you land five rooster silhouettes.
A potential win of 14,000 times your bet is at stake alongside a return to player of 97.2% which definitely sounds promising.
Golden wraps typical slot features into an even more basic theme so it is clear at first sight what you can expect from this slot.
The players who enjoy countryside and farm setting will head to spin Golden, but with so many entertaining slots out there, perhaps Golden does not offer enough of entertainment. Anyway the promise of 14,000 times the bet is a big one and a motivation for spinning farm reels.