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The legend of King Midas was that everything he touched turned to gold and so enduring is that legend, modern companies will use a slightly different take on the story to sell their products, such as the poor man in the Skittles advertisement where everything he touched turned into the small fruity sweets.
IGT’s Goldify slot offers us a vision of the original tale. With a Greek theme to match the original legend, it boasts a somewhat unique feature in that the user can select which out of the symbols available they would like to turn gold. In doing so it makes all the payouts on that symbol 5x more than on a standard symbol.
Goldify is based on the King Midas story of Greek legend. In addition to the king himself, there is his queen and a number of generic Greek symbols on the reels. Set against a backdrop of columns and a rather unusual orange sky, this is a 5×4 reel slot which allows you to play up to 40 paylines per spin (1, 10, 20, 30 and 40 paylines being available).
You can change the value of your bet from $0.01 up to $8.00 per line. This means a minimum bet of just $0.01 up to a maximum bet of $320 per spin. So Goldify is a slot which is affordable for all and which will appeal to the casual, low-stakes slot gamer, as well as the more experienced higher stakes slot player.
Who will the Goldify slot appeal to?
Greek legends are a popular source of inspiration for many modern slots and there have been some excellent games released based on these fantastical stories. The Goldify slot is an interesting take on a well-known myth. The ability to pick a symbol on every spin to be the Goldify symbol and be subject to a 5x multiplier is a fantastic idea and will certainly appeal to slot fans who like unusual features in a game.
What this means is that alongside the Wild symbol (which is the highest paying symbol of 2,000 coins if you land five across the reels) you can make the Queen the Goldify symbol. This will give you two chances at a 2,000-jackpot payout. Or you can Goldify other symbols to increase the value of the smaller-sized payouts. This flexibility will really appeal to players that enjoy tweaking a game to how they want it to play.
You’ll start off by setting how many paylines you want in play. (40 is the default amount and it is recommended you play all possible paylines.) Once you’ve done this, set your coin size for each spin. Then you need to select which of the high and low value symbols on the reels you would like to Goldify for the next spin.
When you Goldify a slot, you not only turn that symbol gold, but you also receive a 5x multiplier on all payouts using that symbol in the base game. You can keep the same symbol Goldified for as long as you like, or change it every spin. The choice is yours.
The other thing you will notice about the reels is that the symbols can appear stacked. This means that multiple winning paylines are possible. In fact, to get the biggest wins on the Goldify slot, you’ll need to strike it lucky with multiple winning paylines on a single spin, using either the Goldified symbol you selected, or the higher paying symbols.
Speaking of symbols, there are a total of eight high and lower value symbols on the reels. They start off with the three lower value symbols of the vase, the column and the apple. Then there are three middle-of-the-road payouts offered by the ring, lyre and helmet. Pegasus and the Queen offer the top two highest payouts on the standard symbols. They pay 300 and 400 coins respectively for five landed across the reels on a single spin.
To help you achieve some of the bigger wins in the base game, you not only have the option to Goldify a symbol on each spin, but there is the in-game Wild symbol. This is King Midas himself. When landed on the reels (he too can appear stacked), he will substitute for all lower and higher value symbols to create a winning payline. However, if you land five of these Wilds across the reels on one or more paylines, you trigger the maximum single line win of 2,000 coins.
The only other symbol on the reels during the base game spins is the Scatter symbol, a Golden Rose. Land three or more across the reels and you trigger 15 (for 3), 50 (for 4) and 100 (for 5) free spins. In addition, for the duration of your free spins between 3 and 5 symbols will also be Goldified. This gives you additional chances of landing a much higher value win.
The great thing is you can retrigger up to 500 free spins in this bonus round and during free spins, the reels will change colors to signify that the Free Spins bonus has begun.
Special features: Goldify
The Goldify symbol is a nice way to allow players the chance to apply a 5x multiplier on every spin to a symbol of their choice. Simply select which of the high or low value symbols you want to be Goldified. Then any wins on this symbol will pay out 5x the usual value.
You trigger the Free Spins round by landing three, four or five scatter symbols, which trigger 15, 50 or 100 free spins respectively. You can retrigger up to 500 Free Spins. The number of scatters you land also determines how many other symbols on the reels are Goldified for the bonus round.
King Midas is the Wild symbol. He can replace any of the high- or low-value symbols to create winning paylines. In addition, five wilds across the reels in a payline offers you the base game single-line jackpot of 2,000 coins.
The ability to select a symbol to have a 5x multiplier on is a great and novel way to introduce multipliers into the game. It also fits perfectly with the theme of the game. However, there is some strategy involved in picking the right symbols and how often you change them. This means it isn’t quite as easy a bonus to get the best of as it would initially appear.
Big Free Spins potential
The ability to win up to 100 free spins initially sounds fantastic, but to then have the chance to increase that up to 500 free spins is hugely enticing, especially when 3 4 or 5 symbols on the reels will be Goldified for the bonus round too.
Goldify is a higher variance game and with single symbols, it would be impractical to play. The Stacked Symbols feature means that there is at least a chance you can hit a higher value win. This will allow you to earn back some of the money you’ll spend (and perhaps a little bit more if those symbols are higher value and across four or more reels).
Presentation is basic
It has to be said that for a slot all about gold and its attraction, the slot itself doesn’t really present in a exciting light. The Goldified symbols look nice but the game itself is devoid of any animations to liven things up. I also found the music to be somewhat generic and not really linked to the theme of the slot.
Free Spins very hard to hit
Hitting even the 15 free spins can take a huge amount of time on the Goldify slot. As such it can be extremely expensive to play at times. The Free Spins round is potentially far more lucrative, so not being able to access this key feature does grate on the nerves after a while.
Can be a volatile slot
The Goldify slot is a strange one, sometimes it pays out decent base game amounts fairly often. Then you’ll hit a run of spins where nothing happens. With 40 paylines to cover, those spins soon add up to a significant amount making the slot somewhat volatile to play, especially over shorter time periods.
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Graphics & soundtrack 2/5
IGT normally does a decent job when it comes to presentation of slots but the Goldify slot does fall a little below their normal high standards. There’s nothing wrong with the presentation or music per se, it’s just all rather generic and doesn’t feel like it has been put together with much thought.
Originality & creativity 3/5
The huge Free Spins potential and the ability to select one symbol to Goldify on every spin are two great features. They do add a bit of excitement and unpredictability to what is otherwise a rather standard slot with standard features.
Play value 2/5
Goldify is a real mixed bag here. Some sessions are decent for the player and you can make a small profit; others see a huge loss. This is a volatile slot and to be honest, more often than not this slot saw the account dwindle when we played, rather than infused with more cash.
Jackpot potential 2/5
The single line jackpot potential of 2,000 coins isn’t massive but there is the opportunity to win this across several paylines if you can land stacked symbols. That and the Goldify symbol also offering a chance at a 2,000-coin jackpot on the highest paying symbol lifts this above the single mark.
Repeat play 2/5
Goldify has some nice features but there’s nothing about the slot that grabs you and wants to make you come back for more.
Total score: 11/25
Goldify is a slot that has some nice ideas, but it is not helped by a Free Spins round that is extremely difficult to trigger, small base game wins and variable volatility, which means it can prove very expensive to play at times.