All About Black Gold Megaways™ Slot
Released in November 2019, Stakelogic’s latest slot is stacked with top-notch visuals. The game has a cartoonish vibe and polished graphics. The style and the theme can be traced to Blueprint Gaming’s Diamond Mine Megaways, but in fact Stakelogic’s effort stands a level above when it comes to design quality. This slot is built in ‘portrait mode’ so the game looks great on both desktop and on mobile and despite a lot of things going on at the same time, the interface rarely looks cluttered.
In standard Megaways™ format the 6 reels will display anywhere between 2 and 7 symbols after each spin and produce winning formations that range from 324 up to 117,649. It’s a great place to start building a vast oil empire! The game comes with further enhancements found on most of the other games in this popular series, including cascading wins, random bonus features, free spins and limitless multipliers.
Themes, Gameplay, Symbols and Pay Tables
Black Gold is set in the wild American West and reflects the prospecting theme. Finding oil at the time was “to strike gold” and it meant to become rich, hence the title – Black Gold. It’s a dirty job, digging and drilling for oil, but once you become an oil tycoon with your pumps and rigs, you won’t care about anything else but getting the Texas Tea flowing until the soils dry out.
The backdrop shows a canyon landscape with cactus plants and critters like chameleons and vultures. The symbols include a set of low-value playing card icons, traditionally from 9 to Ace, and a series of symbols that fit the theme: lantern, helmet, a bull (perhaps a bison) and the tycoon, who is the most valuable. For 6 of a kind, you can expect to get 50x the stake. It’s up to you to decide the size of our bet – pick a value in the range between £0.20 and £40.
Wild and Multipliers
The Wild is represented by a bundle of dynamite and whenever you see it on the reels you may witness a substitution for any of the regular paytable symbols to complete a winning combo. The scatter is the only icon the Wild cannot substitute for. Black Gold Megaways Wild also lands with random multipliers of x2, x3, x5, or x10. Where more than one wild lands on a single spin and appear in a winline together, so the multipliers are combined (3x plus 3x = 9x).
Notice the 5 bonus feature symbols in the extra reel on top of the main reel grid. One of the symbols landing on the central section of this area triggers the corresponding feature: Random Bonus, Multiplier Bonus, Double Up Bonus, Stacked Bonus or Destroyer Bonus. Random Bonus adds extra Wilds, Multiplier Bonus adds two multiplier symbols on random positions on the reels, Double Up Bonus doubles all winnings, Stacked Bonus introduces two stacks of Wilds to reels 2, 3, 4, or 5, while the Destroyer Bonus removes all regular symbols from the grid, leaving only special symbols in play.
Keep your eyes on the golden oil rig tower – it is the Scatter icon responsible for triggering the free spins round. You need to collect 4 on a single spin to receive 12 freebies. Every additional Scatter that lands during the feature adds another 5 free spins to the total count. Also, during free spins, with every cascade, the win multiplier increases by one. There are no limits to how high the multiplier can go!
Black Gold Megaways also sports an in-built Gamble feature which is available after each winning spin. You can gamble to double your win by picking the right color or even quadruple your win by picking the right card suit. Of course, if you get it wrong, you lose it all!
The Slot Buzz Verdict
Stakelogic have delivered a graphically complex, feature-heavy slot in style. There are moments in the game that are simply exhilarating and if you are into Megaways titles, then this is definitely worth a spin. The standard features are all in place – cascading wins, free spins and multipliers – but its the added gamble feature and the superb interface make Black Gold a must play.