Gopher Gold is a five-reel online slot from MicroGaming which takes you underground to the mines. These mines are manned by the gopher in question, complete with a miner’s helmet with the lamp attached. This gopher is clearly a hard working little fellow as there seems to be plenty of gold about – he is doing something right.
In the world of 5 reel gaming this slot is a little unusual in the act that is basically feature free. There are no scatters. There are no free spins – and there are no second screen bonus features. What the game does have however are some very large pay-out amounts. This slot also pays both ways, which gives it some advantage over much feature-driven slots.
This MicroGaming designed slot plays out on the 5×3 reel configuration which is so popular at online casinos today. This slot features just five win-lines in total, which shows its age compared to the multi-line slots today. Win lines 1, 2 and 3 are the horizontals across the middle, the top and the bottom respectively. Win line 4 starts at the top left, hits the bottom on reel 3 and then rises back to the top on reel 5. Win line 5 is the mirror image of win line 4. Players can choose to play just one or all of the win lines, with all five lines set as the default amount.
Unusually, this slot pays from both left to right and from right to left. This effectively gives you 10 win-lines for the price of five, which is a nice bonus.
The control panel is located beneath the reels. Here you can set the coin value using the small ‘plus’ and ‘minus’ buttons. The ‘Select Lines’, ‘Bet Max’ and ‘Spin’ buttons are there to control the action itself.
With no features around to distract you, you quickly realise that some of the pay-out amounts are larger than you might find elsewhere. The ‘Gopher Gold’ title symbol, fittingly in gold lettering is the ‘highest paying symbol in the game. Land five of these in a row on just one of the five win lines and you’ll win an eye-popping 12,000 coins.
Next on the pay table are sticks of dynamite exploding. This brightly coloured, all-action symbol has a top prize of 5,000 coins. The slightly more mundane, but no less effective pick-axe gives you the opportunity of a 2,000-coin win. A wooden trolley carrying great piles of gleaming gold is the only other symbols with a four-figure pay-out, worth exactly 1,000 coins.
At the lower end of the pay scale starts with a hand-held lamp which has a top prize of 600 coins. The standard symbols are completed by the usual playing cards, this time ranging from 10 through to Ace. These are the lowest paying of all, with a top win of 500 coins for the Ace, down to 100 coins for the 10.
The wild symbol in the game is represented by the Gopher himself. This gopher is looking particularly pleased with himself as he is surrounded by gold. There is even a golden gleam coming from one of its four oversized buck teeth. Being the wild this symbol will substitute for any other on the reels, ensuring more wins with the other symbols in the game.
The emphasis on the design of this game is most certainly on the reels themselves. These take up virtually the whole of the screen, with each symbol encased within a neat square. The game is certainly colourful, and the addition of the gopher symbol adds a nice level of humour to the slot too. Although pleasing on the eye, this slot is somewhat more basic in design than your average five-reel slot today. What you will enjoy is the accompanying soundtrack however. This upbeat, old American west style tune adds to the fun atmosphere.
A five-reel slot without any features is certain to divide opinion. Some players will miss the variety of a usual feature-filled slot. Others however, will enjoy this slot for what it is – a straightforward, fun game. The small number of win lines means that those wins are easy to follow. The game is fast paced too, as the lack of distractions means you’ll get more spins per hour. Add in the humorous theme and the big pay-outs on offer, this game is certainly worth a spin. You should ‘gopher’ it!