Where's the Gold is a real throw-back to the days when bonus games were all about fun and especially cartoon fun (like Lobstermania and Wild Taxis) and so it is great to see games like this still being made and still being so great to play. If you are a fan of Aristocrat slots games, then you are likely to know and love this one.
Coming for the reputable gaming company Aristocrat, Where's the Gold is a mining-themed slot machine played at 5 reels and 25 variable paylines. You will join Peter Panner, a gold prospector, in his search for the precious metal down the mine shaft with the protagonist himself, mine shaft entrance, carriage and pickaxe and shovel awarding high-value prizes. The rest of positions are covered with generic playing card symbols.
The only special symbol in the base game is Scatter depicted as the dynamite and you need to land at least 3 of these anywhere in view to trigger the free spins feature. You can win up to 10 free spins with up to 3 regular symbols turning into Wilds.
Once you trigger the feature, you will be asked to choose one of 5 characters: Nugget Ned, Mary Money, Prof. Gold, Findo or Peter Panner. The selected character will be in the spotlight and below all the characters you will see golden nuggets representing the number of free spins and the symbols that will act as Wilds during the feature.
You will get the combination below the character you have picked. The feature can be re-triggered to award the same combo of free spins and Wild symbols. The slot also offers the Gamble feature, which can add more excitement to the gameplay with a chance of doubling or quadrupling your winnings by guessing the colour or suit of a hidden card respectively.
The top paying symbol is Peter Panner awarding 1,000 coins for five of a kind. If you manage to cover the grid entirely with these symbols while playing at all paylines active, which is highly recommended, you will earn 25,000 coins. There will be no Wild to complete your winning combinations during the base game, so you can expect to win more during the free spins feature with up to 3 Wild symbols appearing on the screen.
Where's the Gold is a pretty basic game in terms of bonus features with a unique free spins round that can turn out to be quite lucrative. However, you can win, for instance, only 3 free games with only 1 Wild, which will not earn you much money. You will not be impressed by the game's appearance or sounds either as its visuals are plain, although they come in vibrant colours, while sound effects are generic.
We can say that this is a typical Aristocrat affair which will please players who prefer playing land-based slot machines. Using the standard playing card symbols is not an innovative way of filling the paytable, so if you are looking for a game that features more creative graphics, this may not be a perfect choice for you.
Being a medium to high volatility title, Where's the Gold comes with a 94.92% RTP. Chasing the free spins feature can be quite risky, so keep an eye on your balance.
If you like taking risks, using the Gamble feature can be an option for you, but be careful as winnings don't land that frequently to afford gambling them. Although a gold digging adventure may seem attractive at first, this video slot may not provide you with a a rewarding gaming experience due to its nature and the lack of more lucrative bonus features that would boost your winning chances.
The online version of Where's the Gold is surprisingly difficult to find, especially if you want to play for real money.
The real money Where's the Gold online slots is only available in the UK and selected other countries, but not in North America (USA and Canada)
If you are in the US or Canada and want to play Where's the Gold for real money, then you need to head to your local casino, because the real cash version is not online for real money play.
You can find very similar games online for cash play, but just not the original, which is a shame. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy our free version!