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Today we debut the review on a one-of-a-kind slot available exclusively at Golden Nugget’s online casino. This is the first video slot that has been designed for and hosted by New Jersey’s largest online casino. NextGen—the developer behind such games as A Dragon’s Story, Jackpot Jester, Merlin’s Magic Respins and Monster Wins—had the honor of designing the game and they’ve done a good job. Let’s take a look at what this unique game has to offer.
Overview: Golden Nugget Slot Machine
This new slot takes advantage of Golden Nugget’s long and storied history in the gambling world. Symbols include everything you’d find in an old-school brick-and-mortar casino, which is where Golden Nugget got its start back in 1946 in Las Vegas. The soundtrack has a similar 1940’s vibe, reminiscent of the Big Band era and movie musicals of the time.
Who will Golden Nugget Online Slot appeal to?
This game will be popular among those who enjoy retro-styled games. It’s a nice departure from some of the more complicated or graphic-heavy games that have come on the scene lately, making it a good choice for the player who wants a break from that.
This is a medium-high volatility game and is aimed at the mid-stakes player, given the additional funds needed to play bonus features. Those bonus features are also a draw for players who want something a bit extra for their money.
Gameplay: Golden Nugget Video Slot
This video slot features traditional casino symbols—a roulette wheel, old-time 3×3 slot, a pair of dice, Blackjack cards—as well as the 9 through Ace. There’s also a Golden Nugget Wild that appears on reel 3 only, and a stack of poker chips that act as the Scatter symbol.
You’ll start by setting your bet, which can range from 25 cents to $125. Use the + coins and – coins located above and below the Spin button to set the amount. Then it’s time to play. You can use the standard Spin button, located to the right of the reels, or use the Autoplay feature.
Several of the symbols pay out for two of a kind, but it’s more typical that three or more of a kind will produce a win, with the Golden Nugget Wild substituting for all symbols except the Scatter.
In addition to your standard bet, you can utilize the GoldenBet feature. This is an additional wager that provides bonus enhancements during both standard play and the Free Games Bonus. These enhancements, along with their cost, are as follows:
- Level 2: The cost is 25 coins and spins can turn the Blackjack cards, dice, roulette wheel and slot machine symbols into Gold.
- Level 1: The cost is 10 coins and spins can turn the dice, roulette wheel and slot machine symbols into Gold.
Note: If you choose not to use the GoldenBet feature, only the roulette wheel and slot machine symbols are eligible to turn to Gold.
To engage the GoldenBet feature, click on the red GoldenBet button to the left of the reels. One click will cost you 10 coins, while two clicks will cost you 25 coins. Your chosen GoldenBet level stays on until you change it.
Like pretty much all NextGen games, the Golden Nugget slot machine has an Autoplay button. It is located to the right of the Spin button. Just click on the dual arrows and a pop-up will appear with your choice of Autoplay spins (10, 25, 50 or 100). Once you choose, the number of Autoplay spins will appear in place of the Spin button.
Special features: Golden Nugget Slots Online
VIP Golden Touch
The VIP Golden Touch feature randomly turns some or all of the symbols surrounding a Golden Nugget Wild into GOLD (aka Wild). The number of symbols that change is dependent up on your GoldenBet level. As you might imagine, at the highest GoldenBet Level, you can turn up to 8 symbols into Wild, making for some really fantastic wins. But even 2 or 3 extra Gold Wilds can improve your prize amount.
VIP Free Games
Three or more Scatter symbols will trigger the Free Games Bonus. You will get 15 free spins for 3 symbols, 20 free spins for 4, and 25 free spins for 5. The VIP Golden Touch is in play during your free games. The Free Games bonus can be retriggered, with no apparent limit.
The game is visually easy to play, nothing too complicated, but fun at the same time.
The fact that you can choose to use this or not and even choose which of the two levels to use is a great touch. It provides a variety of options based on a player’s bankroll and can add an immense value.
VIP Golden Touch
Bonus games are always a welcome addition and have become an industry standard. The free spins on this game are higher than most, with even the lowest level giving you 15 free spins, rather than the standard 8 or 10. Add to that the facts that it can be retriggered and the GoldenBet can be in play really enhance this feature.
The RTP on this game ranges from 95.3% to 95.62%, with the range based on a player’s GoldenBet setting. Nowadays, players expect nothing short of 96%, and given that you’re shelling out for the GoldenBet, I’d like to see this game at least match that 96%. With the lower RTP, I’m not seeing as many wins as I would like on a regular basis.
Given that you can double your bet using Level 2 of the Golden Bet, some of the lower symbols pay out pathetically. With a base bet of $5 and a Level 2 bet equaling $5, I was a bit dismayed at three 9 symbols only paying out 40 cents. (But for the lucky among you, the bigger wins with extra Gold Wilds can offset this disappointment.)
Graphics & soundtrack 4/5
Graphics are clean and recognizable and perfectly in tune with the game. Also in tune is the soundtrack. While the Big Band music can get annoying if left on a medium or high volume, it’s very pleasant at a lower level for long periods of time and adds to the atmosphere of the game. Almost like being in a brick-and-mortar casino back in the day.
Originality & creativity 3/5
The game plays off the history of the Golden Nugget brand, and while very few of the elements are original, they are true to that and used in creative ways. The GoldenBet and Golden Touch features are also creative takes on standard bonus features and work well with the theme of the game.
Play value 3.5/5
Utilizing the GoldenBet feature can really make play more enjoyable, with an increase in both the number of wins and prize amounts. The increased number of free spins also makes the play value higher.
Jackpot potential 4/5
A moderate to high initial bet combined with the GoldenBet can make for some really large wins.
Repeat play 3.5/5
While there aren’t a lot of bells and whistles, the game is nice diversion from some of the graphic-heavy slots you see today. The music can be played pleasantly in the background, which really rounds out the experience. Add to that the bonus features and you have a solid game from a well-known developer at one of New Jersey’s best online casinos.
Total score: 18/25
Overall, Golden Nugget slot game is a winner. Yes, the RTP could be higher, but all the wonderful features can really make up for that and provide an enjoyable experience.