City Of Gold
Another classic slot machine from the team at Microgaming that has at least made an effort to provide players with a bit more excitement than the standard 3 reel, 1 payline fare is City of Gold – an Aztec-themed game with two regular paytables and a top prize award of 1,600 coins.
Available to play from between $0.25 and $10 a spin, City of Gold is a game that will undoubtedly appeal to players on a tighter bankroll and gives them more ways to win than in a standard retro slot machine thanks to the presence of multiplier wilds and several easy-to-match payout combinations.
Going for gold
Though bet amounts in City of Gold vary from $0.25 to $5, the real button that players will want to pay attention to is the coin amount, as they are able to access a new and improved payout table when playing with a second coin. The values for all winning paylines in both this paytable and the one-coin version are displayed to the right of the reels, making the game’s rules incredibly simple.
As a single payline game, players will only receive prizes for combinations that fall on the central spaces of the slot’s 3 reels, but the presence of golden bowl wilds will certainly help them in their bid to match three-of-a-kind combinations. These wild symbols also have a multiplier effect, doubling any payout when one is substituted and quadrupling it when two are featured in a winning combo.
The variance in City of Gold is also significantly reduced by a number of easy-to-activate smaller payouts, with players receiving double their stake whenever a single watermelon icon appears on the central payline. Additionally, users can grab 5x their bet when two watermelon icons are present and 3x their stake when any combination of three single, double or triple BAR logos appear in a row.
The Midas touch
Although it is a classic slot machine featuring a relatively simple one-screen design, City of Gold at least makes an effort to wow players with its visuals thanks to a bright palette of colours and a glittering array of golden symbols. The game’s background features a temple situated in the heart of the Amazon jungle, while all of the classic slot machine icons have been given a shiny new makeover.
These symbols include the usual single, double and triple BAR logos written in gold, juicy-looking watermelons and that ever-popular retro staple, the red lucky seven. A golden bowl filled with all manner of dazzling jewels is the game’s highest value symbol and also a substitute wild, with the maximum jackpot of 1,600 coins triggered whenever three of these appear at the second coin level.
As you’d expect, the sounds in City of Gold are also typically retro, with the whirr of the reels and bleeping of winning paylines being complemented by the gentle background ambience of a bricks and mortar casino. Unfortunately, the game features little in terms of animation other than symbols flashing for a win, but players probably aren’t looking for next-gen graphics from such a retro title.
Given its old-school appearance and simple gameplay mechanics, it’s not a huge surprise to discover that no bonus round or free spins feature is included in City of Gold. That being said, the presence of a wild symbol is more than welcome, and the fact that it multiplies any paylines that it features in does add a dash of excitement to what is otherwise a very straightforward classic slot machine.
Substituting for any of the game’s other icons, this wild symbol will double any wins where one golden bowl appears and quadruple them when two are present, with the top award being reserved for matching three of these rare symbols on the central payline. Single watermelon symbols also award an instant prize, with the BAR logo combination wins adding to the slot’s overall RTP statistics.