If there is one thing players are after, it is gold. And this EGT video slot game is literally full of it, so much so that it entirely revolves around the famous American gold rushes that occurred throughout the 19th and up until the early 20th century.
What is more exciting indeed that the prospect of travelling to the great open land searching for gold and adventure? Perhaps a game of Gold Dust or two is the next best thing, after all.
To find out if the game actually lives up to its name and delivers as a cash slot, read on and prepare for an epic journey!
Gold Dust takes places in the vast and harsh American rocky landscapes. The sun is rising above an open field, with gentle wooded hills and sharp rock formations scattered as far as you can see.
The game gives off an impression of freedom and space, an abundance of possibilities. Aesthetically speaking, the graphics are simply beautiful. The reels are somehow blocking the view, but we are here to play a slot game so no complaints there.
No music is playing, only country-inspired melodies are triggered after each win. In terms of setting up the décor, Gold Dust does a good job at inviting the player into its universe.
Getting ready to gamble is made easy by the many shortcuts available in Gold Dust. Even beginner players should not have any difficulty navigating the game screen, our guide on how slots work can also help you there.
You will be dealing with a classic setup of five reels and 20 potential paylines, of which you can activate either 1, 5, 10, 15 or all 20 thanks to the side tabs that frame the reels. The amount of your wager, that is to say how many coins per payline you wish to bet, can be either 1, 2, 5, 10 or 20. Here again, use the shortcut at the bottom of the game screen to place your bet. The reels will start spinning automatically as you do so. A winning combination of symbols will trigger the corresponding cash reward, which you can double through the optional Gamble feature. Hit the button and try to guess correctly the colour of a hidden card, while keeping in mind that any mistake will put an end to the game and to your gold stash.
There is always the Autoplay mode for players who want to cut right to the chase and bet as many times as possible in a row. Use the orange button to the left hand side to trigger it. Either way, each win equals a chance to win the game’s progressive jackpot. The Jackpot Cards can start after any win at random, and if you are so lucky you will have to flip over facedown cards until you find three of the same suit to win the corresponding jackpot.
There is a lot to look at on the paytable of Gold Dust, so let’s get right down to it.
First of all, you will find nine basic symbols on the reels. Starting low with the Jack, Queen, King and Ace, the rest is then entirely inspired from the Gold Rush era. Therefore, keep your eyes peeled for the Pickaxe, Lantern and Gold Sieve.
To top off this list two charming gold prospectors, a Woman and a Man, are here to reward your hard work by up to 1000 times the amount of your bet for a five-of-a-kind combination! Not a bad start in the business.
So far so good, but the real fun begins with the special symbols.
The Cart full of gold bars is our Wild card, here to step in for any basic symbol and complete a combination. The Cart is also worth a lot: five of them on an activated payline multiply your bet by a whopping 50,000 factor.
Then we have the two Scatters. The first one is a Train, and three or more of them anywhere on the reels award Free Spins. Start by choosing a train to discover how many free games you won, with an increasing multiplier at each round. An additional Gold Nugget symbol is also available during the Free Spins.
The second Scatter is Dynamite, quite literally. It appears only on the three first reels, and when you get three of them the Dynamite feature will start. Click on the scattered dynamite icons to reveal prizes along the four levels of the game, and keep on playing until your reach a Stop sign.
Gold Dust starts off as a good but classic flash game, and ends up being spectacularly full of good surprises. Keep an eye or two out for those special symbols, they can really be worth gold!