Slots O’ Gold by Blueprint Slot – Review & Free Play Demo
If you want lots of gold, try Slots O’ Gold, that’s the message we guess in this 2016 release from big-time gaming developer Blueprint.
The apostrophe in the title is a clue to the style of this game, which is a Lucky Irish title, complete with a small, smiling leprechaun in a green suit.
This style has been around for decades now and remains popular. Some of the biggest games in the UK are based on this (rather simplistic and old fashioned) take on Irish culture.
The games are usually heavily reliant on big prizes, here its 500,000 coins, and relatively simple, traditional gameplay, as their main appeal.
Slots O’ Gold breaks the mould a little by throwing plenty of features into the mix and bringing the graphics up to date, and although it’s been on the market for a while it’s still a very popular title, ranked in the top 200 of UK games by a trusted industry audit site.
Should you look for the treasure at the end of this rainbow? Let’s have a look!
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The Developers of Slots O’ Gold Slot
Blueprint Gaming is a big, European company, with very long roots in the gaming sector. They are now part of the German-based Gauselmann Group. The company goes way back to the 1950s when they were started as a family business putting gaming machines into bars.
These days they’re well up with the latest developments in on- and off-line digital gaming and produce a selection of nearly 200 online video slots that can be played safely by UK players.
The company is the third-ranked in the UK according to the industry figures we use and has a load of big hits, many of them dating back quite a while, and quite a few of them using Big Time Gaming’s Megaways engine as part of a licensing partnership between the two companies.
Their current most popular title, Fishin’ Frenzy is a Megaways game as is number two, Diamond Mine. An older version of Fishin’ Frenzy is their third big hit, followed by Rhino Rampage, and Deal or No Deal Megaways. They have eight titles in the UK top 100 games.
Blueprint games look good and play well. You can trust the company to deliver a fair and entertaining experience and – as long as you play their games at licensed sites and remember your safe gambling behaviours – you can enjoy them without worry.
The Facts and Figures about Slots O’ Gold
This game was released in June 2016, so has a bit of a history. It has a theoretical return to player of just 92.484%, with medium volatility, but this is because it is linked to the Jackpot King progressive prize. Progressive jackpots collect small slices of stakes from a load of linked machines to produce a huge top prize awarded in a game that all players of all machines can compete in.
Betting runs from 0.2 to 500 coins, which should mean 20p to £500 in UK sites. The top prize of 500,000 should be £500,000, but be sure to check any pay-out limits or restrictions on games that you play.
The typical 5 by 3 grid layout has 20 pay lines in the form of 10 each way lines.
This is a very easy game to play. At the left of the control panel is the pay table control, then (left to right) you’ll find the Bet window, a Win window, and the Autoplay and Spin button. The controls are all themed like the game in woodland and shamrock greens.
Click to open the pay table and you’ll find these returns on a 0.20 coin bet – the base level:
- Shamrocks pay: 5, 10, and 25-times stake.
- Toadstools and horseshoes pay from 8 to 50 coins.
- A pint of stout pays 10 to 80 coins.
- A harp pays 10 to 80 too.
- The green hat pays 20 to 100 coins.
- The cauldron pays 50 to 1000 coins.
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There is a wild in the bass game that subs in for everything apart from scatters, appearing on the central three reels.
The Leprechaun Wild symbol triggers a Rainbow Respin, a respin with the wild expanded to full reel size. Extra wilds are added to the reels and respins can retrigger up to a maximum of three.
The Jackpot King bonus is triggered when five Jackpot King symbols land on the reels. This game is in multiple sections: a base game in which crowns are won to enter the next stage, a Wheel King game, from which the multilevel jackpot is triggered.
The main attraction of Slots O’ Gold is the Jackpot King progressive jackpot. This can award prizes of many thousands of pounds and change lives. Like many progressives, it is also slightly predictable, in that it is more likely to pay out the bigger the prize is and the longer it has been before it pays because it has a limited time scale.
The rest of the game is slightly less successful. It’s a good game, in true Blueprint style, but where is the free spins round!? Wilds – expanding wilds even – and a multi-layer respin are great, and there’s potential for good value play even in the base game, but most players these days like a bit more depth to their gameplay.
However, if you like Irish themed games then the simplicity of the gameplay is an established feature, and in design terms, this is a pleasing contrast to some of the more old-fashioned titles in this segment.
Slots O’ Gold won’t change the world of online video slots, but it might change your life and that’s probably the biggest pull towards playing it!