California Gold is a slot that is modeled after the great gold rush of the 19th and 20th centuries in the United States. As the title indicates, the California gold rush served as inspiration in this case. The game you’re getting here has action which revolves around a gold miner, but there are other elements from that period as well, things like bandits looking to steal the new found riches, or the tools of the trade (dynamite, donkeys, mining carts, etc). The slot’s 5 reels get a pretty standard number of lines, 15 of them in total. Among the available features, you will be happy to find a wild symbol, a scatter, a bonus game and some free spins which have 3x multipliers. Overall, payouts can go as high as $30,000.
Betting and Prizes
Want to give California Gold slot a chance? You will need anywhere between 1 and 20 coins to give it a spin, depending on how many lines you want activated. There is also the line bet to worry about, which will go as high as $2, so expect to have to shell out $40 per spin here, if you want the maximum bet.
The big reward in free slot California Gold seems to come from a regular symbol, which promises a 5,000x payout, meaning as much as $10,000 in the base game. It gets better in free spins mode, where prizes are tripled, and so does the jackpot, going up to $30,000.
California Gold Slot Features
There are two major feature symbols in California Gold game, and one of them is the Miner, used as a wild symbol on the reels 2, 3 and 4. It will not replace scatters, but otherwise it can be very useful. Having the wild appear on all three reels, at the same time, will bring you a bonus game where you have to pick a mine from a map, and then you collect nuggets from it.
Next, we have a scatter, a Gold Nugget used as its image. Should you land two or more Nuggets on the reels, you can expect a payout that starts at 2x and goes up to 100x the wager.
The presence of 3+ Nuggets in any location will trigger a free games feature, with 10 rounds and with a 3x multiplier applied to all wins.
Theme & Design
The theme is inspired by California’s gold rush, so that’s where the action takes place, under the scorching hot sun of the region. You see the equipment from the mine in the background, with a pretty desolated place beyond it, just grass and mountains as far as the eyes can see. The quality of the design is not as great as it could’ve been, but perhaps the caricature like drawing style is intentional. It does manage to look a little bit funny.
I’ve found good features in California Gold, and the payouts can be at least decent as well, but the graphics look a bit too low quality. It could’ve went better, with more attention from Microgaming.