Gold Collector is the latest video slot from fledgling game developers All41 Studios out of Estonia. All41 is introducing a newer feature, the HyperHold game mechanic, in this gold mining-themed casino game. Gold Collector is available on the Microgaming platform and is playable across all devices without losing quality or enjoyment.
Gold Collector is a wild west gold rush themed game complete with dynamite, mining carts filled with gold, and a grizzled old prospector. The music is a lively banjo tune that will have more than a few players tapping their toes while spinning the reels. The background is the entrance to the mine, with minecart rails leading into the darkness.
The low-pay symbols are the royals with a cracked stone look. The high-pay symbols consist of a shovel, a pick, a lantern, a gold-filled minecart, and a bearded miner beaming at his handful of gold. The scatter symbols are lit bundles of dynamite, and the wilds symbols are the Gold Collector logo. Finally, there are gold coins stamped with mountain silhouettes, and these are the bad boys that trigger the HyperHold feature.
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Overall, the theme is a little bland but not unlikeable, and players with wild-west gold mining fantasies should enjoy themselves.
- The RTP for Gold Collector is a respectable 96.4%, and the volatility is medium with an average hit rate of 28.11%.
- Gold Collector is a 5×4 reel video slot with 50 paylines, a minimum bet of 0.10, and a maximum of 100.00. The max payout is a bit lower than many recent jackpot games at a paltry 1,000x the stake.
- The top of each reel corresponds to one of the five fixed jackpots and filling any reel with matching symbols will award that jackpot.
- There’s the usual autoplay function and a quick spin feature for easily bored or eager players.
- Gold Collector’s sound alternatives are minimal. You either have music and game sounds, or you have no sounds. A choice to silence the music, which can get a bit tedious, while keeping game sounds on would have been better.
The HyperHold feature is activated by landing three scatter symbols, no surprises there. The new feature is that now the reels on which the scatter symbols have landed will stay active with the awarded number of free spins indicated at the top of each active reel.
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Scatter symbols only land on reels 2, 3, and 4 and do not have a payout. The ability to retrigger free spins is a welcome one, and the bonus round ends once players have either filled all the reels or run out of spins. The five levels of the fixed jackpots are mini, minor, maxi, major, and grand. The jackpots are listed at the top of reels one through five from left to right and pay out from 10x to 1,000x the bet, correspondingly.
The Gold Collector logo wild symbols, as usual, substitute for any pay symbol except the dynamite scatter symbols and the HyperHold-triggering gold coins.
Gold Collector has a slightly hackneyed look and feel, but there’s enough here to keep most gamers busy and entertained. However, the lower stakes and max win along with an average hit rate may not make Gold Collector a match for the players looking for on-the-edge-of-your-seat excitement.
Overall, Gold Collector is not the most exhilarating game on the Microgaming site or even from All41 Studios. It feels like they developed and released Gold Collector with minimal effort. Still, it will likely find favour with casual gamers who enjoy the wild west gold rush genre.