I was expecting this slot to be themed around oil, the traditional liquid gold! It turns out that things are more literal, and a molten version of the yellow metal will bring you the wins. This slot has gold playing card symbols, gold bars and gold in just about every other form you could imagine. It was recently given a make-over, which made it perfect for playing on your mobile phone.
The game is very straightforward for a 5-reel slot. The only notable feature is a free spins bonus game. Here all your wins are doubled for 10 spins. There are also wild symbols and scatter prizes of up to 50 times your total spin amount.
Setup-wise, things could not be easier. You will immediately notice that the buttons are big. This makes them easy to tap on your phone screen, without hitting the wrong one. The 20 win-lines are fixed for this game, so you only need to decide on your bet amount. This shows in 2 formats. If you tap the bankroll total, it will change between a cash amount, and coins. You can then adjust either of these to suit you. 20 coins is the minimum spin, with very high maximums. I did not see an auto-play option for this slot.
Winning symbols are all gold themed. As is common for MicroGaming, the wild symbol doubles up as the highest paying one.
This wild is a square logo, which simply says Liquid Gold. 5 of these on a win-line will get you a generous 5,000-coin prize. You’ll get 500 coins for 4, 100 for 3 and 10 for just 2 from the left. This symbol will also substitute for all the others. The only symbol not substituted is the special bonus / scatter symbol.
MicroGaming has really gone to town with the gold theme here. All of the winning symbols are related to this. The next best after the wilds is a vat full of molten gold. That symbol is worth 2,000 coins for 5 of a kind. A pile of hold bars comes next. Gold bars also feature in the remaining higher paying symbols. These are the single gold bar (with 24k written on it) and a pile of 3 bars.
Smaller prizes come from playing card symbols. You might have already guessed that every single one is designed as if made out of gold. Aces down to nines are in play.
Bonus symbols are a mould which molten gold is poured into. The word ‘Bonus’ glows as if lit by liquid metal. These symbols have a dual role. They pay as scatter symbols, and trigger the free spins bonus game.
Scatter wins are based on your total stake for the winning spin. If you get 5 of the bonus symbols anywhere on the reels, you get 50x your total spin bet. This tumbles to 5x for 4 of them, and then 2x for just 3.
Three or more scatters will kick off the free spins game. You get 10 spins without charge, some lively electronic type music, and (best of all) you get doubled prizes on any wins. You will get scatter prizes from bonus symbols, though the free spins can’t be retriggered in this game.
The over the top gold theme works well, both on desktops and mobile phones. Above the reels you get a sense of the theme, with two huge vats appearing to pour molten gold onto the reels. There is a metallic, industrial look to the frame, with a pool of gold towards the bottom.
Reels are black, which highlights all of the different gold symbols. There are animations for wins, which are bright though simple. The gold pouring from the vat is my personal pick.
When you win there are some dramatic electronic tunes. These contrast with the otherwise quiet base game. Music plays during the free spins round.
If you prefer solid slots to the complex ones, the Liquid Gold is an easy game to recommend. The mobile-friendly interface focused on the base game – and has wins which are big enough to keep you interested. I like the simple controls and general liveliness of any winning combinations. The free spins game is a standard feature. Doubled wins always welcome, and the slot most certainly springs to life during this bonus.