Mining and gold are actually very popular themes for online slots, and California Gold Slots does an excellent job of highlighting both. This is a fun, action-packed video slot that has a great jackpot, lots of winning possibilities, and a theme that is sure to get you into the game.
The game itself has an old time western gold rush style to both the background behind the reels as well as the symbols. Everything is designed to look like an old cartoon, which is a nice change from the rather minimalistic graphics on the reels of those of western and gold rush types of games.
California Gold Slots is easy to wager and play and doesn't require any prior experience with online play to really enjoy your time at the slot. You will first need to choose a bet amount, which can be as low as a penny or as high as ten dollars.
Then, choose the number of lines you want to play from 1 to 25. This is a five reel slot, and you will see the lines numbered on the outside of reels one and five. All wins are automatically added to your bankroll, and the game will highlight winning combinations.
Symbols to Watch For
On the reels, you will find all the symbols of gold mining in the 1800s. This includes the kerosene lantern, the poor overloaded donkey, the map, the dynamite and, of course, the tunnel down into the shaft. There are no high card values on the reels, so you will always have some great symbols even if you don't win every spin.
The important symbol to look for is the happy miner with the big nugget of gold. This is the wild symbol and can substitute for anything but the scatter. He can appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 and, if used in a winning combination the symbol animates and he gives a yell.
The big gold nugget on its own is the scatter. With three of these, you will be given 10 free spins. Throughout all of these free spins any winnings will automatically triple, and you can retrigger the feature during the free spins.
Yet another winning opportunity with California Gold Slots occurs when you see that old miner on all three of the center reels. This will take you to a second screen where you choose one of the three miners who then pick up gold nuggets throughout the mine.
The total weight of the 5 nuggets he collects will be multiplied by the triggering bet for even more winnings, making this a true player's gold mine.