Gold Rush is available through Pragmatic Play and the slot machine has been designed to offer a gold mining theme, a topic that has actually seen a fair amount of use over the years, so it’s a surprising choice.
In Gold Rush, you will have 5 reels to spin, with 25 active lines each round. You can win up to $2,500 through your winning combinations, and as features the game will deliver a wild, a scatter and free spins which have a progressive feature where you can advance in time.
Betting and Prizes
In the case of Gold Rush, there will always be 25 active bet lines in your spins. You will have only the option to vary the number of coins and their value. With up to 10 coins of $0.50 usable per line, you can end up with a $5 line bet and with $125 used for all available lines. The starting point for the betting range is at $0.25.
You have a maximum prize of $2,500 that you can win by forming the right combo of five symbols. There is a good RTP, with an average of 96.50%, which means that it’s actually a better choice in the long run than a lot of other slots, even some of the newer ones.
Gold Rush Slot Features
Entire stacks of Dynamite Sticks can be seen on the reels, and that’s a great thing since these are the slot’s wild symbols. Having them appear and substitute for all other symbols will result in more wins for you, sometimes even bringing you multiple combinations. These wild symbols don’t pay you directly and they will not be replacements for scatters or Golden Nuggets, but they are very useful nonetheless.
The Gold Mine is shown in one of the symbols, the one that’s marked as a Scatter. You have this one on positions from the middle three reels. The requirement is as expected, to have this symbol appear on all three reels before you can get 10 free spins from them. Once the free spins have started, each scatter that appears adds 2 rounds to the total.
This free spins round has its own progressive feature, meaning that you can advance in it and reach a superior level, where the odds of winning are improved. A total of four levels are used inside, and to reach them you need to collect points. These are collected when you get Golden Nugget symbols on the reels, during the free spins. For each golden nugget, you win one point. If you have 0 to 4 points, you are at level 1, and you have 7 additional jackpot symbols. With 5 to 9 points, it’s level 2, where 16 extra jackpot symbols are used. You need 10 to 14 points for level 3, which gives you 21 extra jackpot trigger symbols. Finally, with 15+ points you reach the 4th level, where an extra 29 jackpot symbols are present. The jackpot symbols are the ones that can pay the $2,500 top prize, showing you an image of the Gold Miner.
Theme & Design
I wouldn’t call this a particularly interesting theme, and we’ve seen it a number of times before, even in slot machines with a better design. It’s based on gold mining and its symbols show us the said gold mine, dynamite sticks, the gold miner, a cart, donkeys, lamps and tools. They even had enough room to include five Royal cards in the symbol line-up.
Gold Rush hasn’t managed to impress me graphics wise, but I did enjoy seeing its features and the high average RTP, so it has some things going for it.