Elk Studios have released another title in the Gold series, with the fourth pokie being Black River Gold. As in the others, you will be taken on a journey to different parts of the world to experience different bonus features with a Wild West vibe.
The game has been designed with a 6x4 layout and a huge 4,096 ways to win. It can also expand so that you receive up to 262,144 ways to win with a top prize of 5,000x your stake.
Black River Gold differs to the Ecuador Gold pokie theme, as this time we’re going to the prairie in a Wild West-themed pokie. Here you will find mountains and scenery in the background. The reels will display all the usual symbols, including compasses, a sheriff, diamonds, revolvers and whiskey.
RTP & Volatility
The RTP of Black River Gold has been set at 96.10% by the developers over at ELK. They have also deemed it to be a high-volatility pokie, rated as a 9/10 on the developer’s variance scale. Because of this it may be that wins don’t roll in very often. However, if you do manage to land one of these rare wins, then they are more than likely to be quite generous.
How to Play Black River Gold
There are a few controls you will need to get to grips with in order to play this pokie. Get started right away by reading our guide below.
1. Clicking the hamburger menu in the top left-hand corner of the game screen will display the paytable. You can also see the rules here as well as adjust the sound effects and reel spin speed.
2. Use the bet adjust buttons to change your bet amount. There are also betting strategies available to use in the game settings too.
3. Click the autoplay button to set the reels spinning up to 100 times.
4. Press the spin button to get the reels going for your set bet amount.
Bet Sizes & Paytable Wins
ELK Studios have decided to keep the same betting system and ranges as they had in the past Gold pokies. Here you will have 100 coins for your bets, and the range in value starts out at 0.20 and goes up to 100 per spin.
You will need to land three or more matching symbols on adjacent reels in order to get a prize in Black River Gold. Below is an overview of how many coins you can win by landing six matching symbols on the paylines.
A, Q, K & J - 0.30
Sheriff’s Badge & Revolver Badge - 0.80
Whiskey & Revolver - 0.80
Gem, Golden Nugget & Diamond - 2
Sheriff - 3
Black River Gold Bonus Features
Black River Gold comes with its own unique bonus features that are very rewarding for the player. You should also look out for sticky wilds, expanding symbols and avalanches.
When the avalanche reels come into play they will help you create more winning lines. You can activate this feature in both the free spins round and the base game.
The wild symbol is represented by the red rose and can be used to substitute for all other symbols apart from the wild compass and the scatter.
The bonus symbol will be your scatter, and this triggers the free drops bonus round. You will need to land three of these symbols in order to activate the bonus feature.
When you land three or more scatters you will either trigger the free drops round or the free spins game. Here you have the opportunity to receive 25 free spins for landing six scatters.
All of the wilds in the round get collected and will be kept at the bottom of the screen. After this they turn into sticky wilds for the rest of the game until they are part of a winning combo.
Whenever an expanded symbol falls into the blank space underneath, it absorbs all the smaller symbols and turns them into a revolver with six bullet spaces. If you manage to fill all six spaces, the revolver turns into an expanding wild for huge wins.
Wild Compass Feature
After the wild compass lands anywhere on the reels, the needle will move and point to the symbols adjacent to it. If any of those symbols match across the compass, they automatically turn into wilds. The compass then nudges down the reels and turns into a wild when it hits the bottom row.
ELK Studios has done a great job with this sequel, and even though it’s similar to the other titles, it has its own unique features in the revolver and compass bonuses. The game is entertaining and is definitely one for those who love a high-risk pokie.