Over the centuries, many great minds have turned to alchemy, with the aim of turning base elements into gold. It did seem an impossible dream but ‘Gold Factory’ tells another story. This MicroGaming design tells the tale of a mad scientist who has achieved the impossible. The factory he has built churns out a regular supply of gold.
As well as all of that gold, the game is chock full of features. In fact, there are even features within features. The main features of the game all come from the boiler room bonus feature, where you’ll make picks for cash and additional rewards.
Gold Factory is a five-reel slot with a total of 50 win-lines. Players will start by choosing the number of win lines and the coin value and then are ready to hit that production button. The highest paying symbol in the game is the title logo symbol which doubles up as the wild. This will therefore substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter, enabling more wins with other symbols. The logo symbol also has a win amount of 7,500 coins if you hit 5 in a row, the highest win in the game outside of the scatter.
The mad professor is the highest paying standard symbol with a top win of 2,500 coins. This figure looks resplendent in his pink suit and top hat, while he also holds a cane. Next on the pay table is a young boy who works in the factory – my money is on the fact that he is the professor’s son. He has the same slightly eccentric look. The other standard symbols in the game are a delightful mix of factory inventions and gold. You have the strange looking factory, a steam train, a submarine and a hot air balloon. You’ll also find a wooden wagon full of gold, gold bars and gold coins.
The final symbol found on the reels is a gold coin which shows an image of the mad professor. This is the scatter symbol and pays out when you land 2 or more across any of the reels. The minimum two will pay double your stake, rising all the way up to 200x your stake for the maximum five.
More importantly perhaps, landing three or more of these scatters will also see you gain entry into the bonus feature. You’ll now head to the ‘Boiler Room Bonus’ where you’ll find 12 boilers. You’ll now pick four of the 12 boilers which will reveal either a cash prize or entry into one of the following two features:
Free Spins Bonus Round – This feature will see you awarded between 10 and 35 free spins. This makes for a very good free spins feature in itself. You will also find that every win is doubled, making it an excellent feature. The only downside is that the feature cannot be retriggered.
Reactor Bonus – This is another pick me round where you’ll choose from 12 different vials of gold. Within the 12 picks are a pair of ‘Malfunction’ symbols and these will end the round, so you’ll want to avoid them. You’ll receive a consolation prize of 1x your stake for every unselected item.
Gold Factory presents a game set in the middle of the industrial revolution. However, instead of everything being covered in soot and grime, here the whole slot is a gleaming gold. The symbols are all very well designed with a humorous touch which is only added to by the excellent animation when you land a win. The jaunty, upbeat soundtrack will make you think of a factory being hard at work, although from my end I can only see two employees. Overall, the design will remind you a little of the movie ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, with the same inventive feel.
Gold Factory is a very entertaining slot from start to finish. The excellent and fun visuals along with the fitting soundtrack make for a high-quality base game. The game then really cranks into life when the feature round comes along. Having features within features is always a nice touch and adds a level of excitement to any game. The combination of pick me features and the free spins bonus round means that variety is high when playing Gold Factory. This may not turn base metals into gold, but it can produce many coins.