Free Golden Chief Slot Machine - Instant Play Game
Golden Chief is a Barcrest video slot released in 2017, offering players a 5x4 playing field with anywhere between 10 to 100 paylines active depending on your active wager. You can play the game for $0.10 up to $500 per spin, but the title incentivises you to play it at larger bets by increasing RTP and active paylines. This Barcrest release has many bonuses, including expanding Wilds, Mystery Symbol upgrades, Bonus Wheels which has its own minor special features, and Big Bet spins that you pay up front to unlock some features right away.
The slot taken place in a sunny valley inhabited by native Americans, with the sun’s glow radiating around the reel’s edges, while the golden hue of the reels themselves prevent you from staring into the sun. Beyond the golden background of the reels, you also have a lightly decorated line around the edges of the reel, giving it a more native American look. The user interface is rather clean and easy to navigate, with each button being self-explanatory.
Symbols include playing card symbols like 10, J, Q, K, and A, as well as unique artwork that depicts the following: a large grizzly bear, a majestic white eagle and the chief’s daughter. The chief and a separate, colourful symbol both act as Wilds, which can substitute for all icons except for the Scatter, which is shown as a pair of crossed axes on a purple background.
The amount of active paylines changes depending on your wager. During normal gameplay, if you bet below $1 per spin, you will have access to 10 paylines, and that upgrades to 20 paylines if you bet more than $1 per spin. During the expanding Wild bonus, 50 paylines are available to players who bet below $1 per spin, while 100 paylines are available to players who bet above $1 per spin.
The chief himself acts as an expanding Wild. When he lands, he has a chance to expand and cover the entire reel he is in, increasing the amount of active paylines following the rules mentioned above.
The Mystery Upgrade symbol, all symbols of one type can be selected and upgraded to a better paying icon, up to the chief’s daughter icon.
Collecting three or four Scatters activated the Golden Bonus Wheel or Super Golden Bonus Wheel. Collecting five Scatters rewards a cash prize. The Golden Bonus wheel can award the following features: Cash Canyon, Totem Riches, or five free spins. The super version of this bonus has better version of the features, and ten free spins instead of five.
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Totem Riches allows you to select a totem pole, which allows players to reveal a cash multiplier, that continues to climb as you climb the chosen totem pole. The climb stops when you reach the top, or a collect symbol appears. When that happens, you are awarded the current value you have reached. The super version of this game has stronger multipliers and an extra life, meaning you can bypass one collect. In the Big Bet version of this feature, multipliers are awarded by stake per line instead of total bet.
Cash Canyon plays similar to a board game. You spin a wheel that determines how many moves you will make on the board, and the farther you reach, the bigger the cash prize gets. If the wheel lands on the stop symbol, or you reach the end, you are awarded your current win. The super version of this bonus has increased wins. The Big Bet version of this feature awards multiplier by stake per line instead of total bet.
When you win five or ten free spins, you have the option to gamble them to increase the amount of extra turns you receive. You can gamble up to 30 free spins maximum. While free spins are active, collecting one, two, three, or four Scatters rewards one, two, five or ten extra free spins, which are added to the total amount. Also during free spins, a heap Wild may appear, which can expand to be 5 reels tall.
Big Bet plays five linked spins at $20, $30 or $50 per spin. The $20 version has increased awards and doubles the height of the Scatter. The $30 version also includes expanding Wilds that remain in place until the Big Bet spins end, and Totem Riches includes an extra life. The $50 version includes all previous bonuses, and is played at 100 paylines at all times.
The largest jackpot you can expect from Golden Chief is 500x your stake. The title has a medium variance, with an RTP of 94.12% for below $2 wagers, 96.02% for above $2 wagers, and 98.14% for Big Bet spins.
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