The world runs on petroleum or crude oil. This substance has a viscous consistency and is black in color, which has earned it the name of black gold. The oil and gas industry is one of the largest in the world generating trillions of dollars each year. Globally, the oil and gas industry makes up between 4.6% and 6.5% of the economy.
Knowing how profitable black gold is, visit an oil rig set in the desert of the New Wild West. There, you’ll meet Ol’ Bill and his trusty horse, who you’ll hear in the background, as you both set out to squeeze as much black gold as possible from the reels by landing a winning spin. Metal barrels are placed at the bottom of the screen to collect all of the oil.
Uplifting, country music plays in the background and the attention to detail to the artwork when developing this game is intense. It’s no surprise, however, because Black Gold is designed by Betsoft Gaming.
If you want to know how life on an oil rig would be like, this is the best place to find out.
One of the main benefits of playing Black Gold is that this slot game has many bonus features and rounds. One of the most unique and interesting features of this game lies in the Center Reel Respins. After every winning spin, you’ll be given an opportunity to win even more because the center reel will respin at no cost to you. If this results in another winning spin, the center reel will respin again for free!
As the center reel respins again and again after each win, all wins will be multiplied by a multiplier located at the top of the screen. The multiplier jumps from 1x to 2x to 3x and – finally – to 5x. This feature isn’t triggered during free spins.
There’s always work to do on the oil rigs. If you happen to land 3 barn symbols anywhere on the reels, you will trigger the Nighttime Free Spins Mode.
You’ll be awarded with 8 free spins when working overtime. During the free spins, the barn symbol is the wild symbol and will also multiply any wins that it is involved in. The multiplier for the barn symbol will increase each time that it is used successfully in a winning combination, and can reach up to a factor of 10.
When 3 or more drill symbols land on the board, you’re given the option of clicking on one of them to reveal the instant cash prize that is hiding underneath. You could win a hefty sum just from this bonus round. After all, oil is worth quite a bit.
The oil pumps are much more efficient at harvesting black gold than any other type of machinery. 3 oil pump symbols on reels 1, 2 and 5 triggers the Oil Pump Bonus Round.
The Oil Pump Bonus Round is played on a separate screen, and you will travel to an oil pump with Ol’ Bill. You’ll then see a number on the screen and your job is to guess whether the next number generated will be higher or lower than the number on the screen. Each correct guess you make wins you an instant cash prize. The game ends when you guess correctly four times or incorrectly four times, whichever one comes first.
The oil rig is designed as a 5 by 3 reel grid with 30 playable lines. That’s pretty standard for Betsoft Gaming online slot games. This web-based slot game can be accessed from any desktop device that runs on Windows, Mac or Linux. Unfortunately, this game cannot be played from a mobile device.
The betting system in this game is once again divided into two-tiers. This is quite common among slot games developed by Betsoft Gaming, and you’ll see a similar betting system design in games like Under the Bed, Under the Sea and At the Copa. The first part of the betting system is deciding on the number of coins to bet on each line. You can bet anywhere from 1 to 5 coins. The second part of the betting system is assigning a value to each coin that falls between 0.02 to 0.50 when playing with game credits and $0.02 to $0.50 when playing with real money.
There are 8 main symbols to be enjoyed in this game: Ol’ Bill, his trusty horse, barrels of oil, a cowboy hat, a tap that’s leaking oil, a No Trespassing sign, an oil valve and a piece of wall decor. Ol’ Bill offers the highest payout of 400 times the line bet when 5 of these symbols make up a winning combination.
Black gold is worth a lot. If you’re down on your luck, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy a change of scenery. Maybe, that’s all you need to hit a jackpot. The many bonus rounds and features of Black Gold will have you hooked.