Gold Digger slot review
Gold Digger slot by iSoftBet first assailed me with the twangy banjo music that has irritated Bonanza players over the last few years. It doesn't get much better with a cartoon mining theme with reels set over a wooden shaft entrance and generic symbols. Looks aren't always everything as we also saw with Red Tiger's recent slot of the same Wild West subject, The Greatest Train Robbery and especially Play'n go's Wild Rails game although that isn't a bad slot at all to play. So will be be digging our bankroll into a hold here, or can we give it a golden bonus?
On The Reels...
There are 20 pay lines here on Gold Digger slot with single and double-stacked symbols of which the Miner is best pay for 5-of-a-kind at 25x bet, cart 15x, Lantern 7.5x, Pickaxe 5x with four card values of 4 down to 1.5x for a full line. You also get stacked Gold Nuggets with cash values overlaid which we will get to shortly. Before then, the Miner may randomly detonate his dynamite during any spin and award you either 3-5 Wild symbols (which don't appear naturally on the reels) or turn random symbols into Gold Nuggets and finally he may upgrade the low card values in view to high symbols.
Gold Link Re-spins
When I first saw this feature I thought "Oh no, not again!" because it's that old chestnut of 5 Nuggets landing with overlaid values and then sticking in view while we get 3 re-spins, resetting each time another Nugget lands until the screen is full or we get 3 spins with no more added. I am happy to say that iSoftBet have improved this because as well as Nuggets there are Reel Boosters to collect, and once you get 3 of any colour they will activate their individual enhancements.
Blue Arrow - will unlock up to 3 extra rows on the grid, increasing the chances of collecting more Nuggets.
Green Dollar - will boost the cash values already collected.
Red Heart - you will find your re-spins increase from 3 to 4 for the remainder of the bonus.
Purple Multipliers - collect 3 of these, you get a 2x multiplier applied to the round. Collect 3 more then it goes to 5x, then 10x if you get really lucky and get it a third time.
You can also get the other Reel Boosters more than once.
Gold Digger slot was leading me to think about mediocre and formulaic slots before I firstly saw the modifiers in the base game which can be good and then the bells and whistles they added to the bonus round. This really makes up for the awful music and graphics and overall appearance of this 96.00% RTP game. It also means you may actually win a fair amount in the re-spin bonus which isn't too hard to trigger either. So as a mechanic, it's pretty alright but I'm not too sure I'd break my back digging this game up again...