The Old King Cole slot offers a contemporary take on the classic nursery rhyme. On the reels you have the King himself, his pipe and a bowl – nothing unusual there, although I’m not sure multi-coloured Froot Loops filled his bowl in ancient times. Instead of his ‘fiddlers three’, you’ll find three guitarists appearing on the reels alongside a gold disc – so it seems ‘Old King Cole’ has become a recording artist. This is backed up by the soulful accompanying sound that plays throughout.
As well as the fun theme, the gameplay is enjoyable too. Impressive pay outs litter the base game, while the free spins feature offers additional wilds and some large multipliers. Old King Cole is another in MicroGaming’s ‘Rhyming Reels’ series.
Old King Cole is a five-reel slot where you can play between 1 and 20 win-lines (the 20 lines are set as the default amount). The coin value ranges between 1c and $1 and players can choose to play between 1 and 10 coins for each spin.
The highest paying symbol in the game shows the ‘Old King Cole’ slot logo. Hit this symbol five times in a row and your bankroll receives an impressive 2,500 coins boost. This title symbol also acts as the game’s wild and will substitute for any other symbol apart from the scatter.
A gold disc is the next highest paying in the game and at 1,000 coins is the only other symbol to offer a four-figure pay out. The gold disc plays a very important role in the free games feature – read on to find out how.
The king himself, with a very cheesy grin, does indeed look happy. Hit five kings in a row and you’ll win 900 coins. Next come the three band members, three females happily jamming on their guitars. The pipe and the bowl complete the standard themed symbols and are joined by the playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A.
Each time you land a win in the base game, you can take advantage of the gamble option. Here you’ll enter a screen showing a face down playing card (the back of the card shows the gold disc). To double your money, you’ll need to predict the colour of the card.
The King’s crown is the final symbol in the game. This acts as the scatter symbol. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 and you’ll win an immediate 2x, 4x, 15x or 150x your stake respectively. More importantly perhaps, 3 or more scatters also sees you enter the free spins bonus feature.
You’ll have 12 free spins in total, but there are two additional extras to boost those wins. First, the gold disc now also becomes a wild symbol. With two wilds on the reels, wins will be that much easier to come by. Second, every time you land a win, a random multiplier will be applied to the win amount. This multiplier has a max amount of 7x. Get your timing right and you might land wild-filled reels alongside the 7x multiplier – then you can watch those coins roll in.
Old King Cole is set within the pages of a large book, just as you would expect a nursery rhyme to be. Across the top of the book you’ll see a stream of musical notes and a modern soulful soundtrack plays throughout the game. The game is fun, with colourful graphics, although there are more modern looking slots out there. Some impressive animation adds to the character of the game, especially when the king takes a puff of his pipe.
This MicroGaming designed slot offers an entertaining and humorous take on the Old King Cole nursery rhyme. With a modern twist, the rhyme has been transported into the 21st century. This makes the game enjoyable from the start, even if the base game plays in a similar way to many others. The feature is what really sets the game apart. With additional wilds and impressive multipliers, that huge win is only ever just around the corner. For both entertainment value and the feature, this slot is certainly worth playing.