In the late 19th century, American settlers in their droves headed way out west to join the Gold Rush Valley of Riches that was making prospectors rich beyond their wildest dreams. A century later, video slots developers in their droves released games based around the tale of this Gold Rush Valley of Riches. Magnet Gaming are one of them.
The thing to know about the American Gold Rush Valley of Riches is that most prospectors came home broke and empty-handed, or simply never came home at all. There were a few, however, who triumphed in scooping up lumps of the precious yellow metal. In Gold Rush Valley of Riches, your job is to become one of them – a bona fide winner, despite all the odds. With 9 wheels, 2 progressive jackpots and 3 bonus games, there are ample ways to achieve that goal.
The action takes place in a classic Western outpost complete with tumbleweed, cacti and the faint twang of the banjo. Magnet Gaming have done a brilliant job of animating this slot, with sound effects to match. Leave the game sitting dormant for a while and the bearded gold panner will start to snore. Roll the reels and he jerks to life and starts working the pulley system once more to bring up shingle from the riverbed.
At the top of the screen, on two wooden boards affixed to the panning equipment, two jackpots are displayed. The regular jackpot starts at 500 and the super jackpot at 10,000, but since they’re both progressive, they’ll grow with repeated play. Across the bottom of the screen, your available credits are displayed on the far left and the value of each one on the right.
To adjust the bet per spin, click on the gear wheel icon. This will allow you to toggle the level from 1 all the way up to 10. At the lowest level, each spin costs just 0.20, rising to 10 at level 10. The game’s 3 reels have 8 paylines which are always active. These run horizontally, diagonally and vertically. There’s an auto spin button, a max bet option and a home icon – click on this to top up your credits or view the playing guide.
The basic way to win cash and activate special features is by scoring 3 identical symbols in a row. Of these, the lowest value is a baked beans can, while the highest is a gold bar, 3 of which are worth 500. Thanks to free spins, multipliers and bonus games, there’s a lot more to Gold Rush Valley of Riches than meets the eye. For example, any time you win a prize, you’ll be awarded a free spin with a multiplier attached. Each time you win a prize in this fashion, the multiplier level will go up, from 1 to 2 to 3 and then to 5.
One of the best features to look out for is Game Flash, activated by landing 3 such symbols in a line. At this point, you’ll see the prospector’s gold pan and the display will flash between a series of prizes. 3 of these are credits and 3 of these are bonus games – the 3 bonus games that will lead you to riches if your luck’s in.
Gold Fever is the pick of the bonus games, achieved by landing 3 Gold Fever symbols in a row or by activating the bonus game via Game Flash. You’ll be awarded 20 free spins at this stage, followed by another 20 should you land Gold Fever again at this point. As the reels spin (although the reels themselves are actually invisible in Gold Rush Valley of Riches), each gold nugget that lands on the central reels will boost your prize pot. As the arrow goes higher, so does the amount of gold you win.
It’s possible to win the jackpot during this feature. Land Jackpot Flash and you’ll then have an opportunity to win Super Jackpot Flash, a feat which can be achieved several times over. The game’s two other bonus games are Gold Digger and Gold Canyon, each achieved through landing 3 of their respective symbols on a payline or via Game Flash. The former obliges you to blow a path through the mountain with dynamite, while the latter involves collecting prizes as you navigate a path through the canyon.
Gold Rush Valley of Riches is a beautiful slot from Magnet Gaming, one whose neat sound effects, cool graphics and imaginative bonus features make for many hours of happy gaming. How much gold can you collect?