Gold Pile: New Years Gold slot REVIEW
Gold Pile: New Years Gold ReviewEach game in the Gold Pile series comes with a unique bonus round, that much is already established. However, with Gold Pile: New Years Gold, Playtech has decided to significantly alter the Jackpots also. The gold symbols on reel 5 still play a key role, like in the 2 previous titles, but the jackpots have been downgraded by 10x in this version.
This makes the whole Grand Jackpot Chase feature less exciting, but the upside is the enhanced bonus round. Where Tigers Pride offered no extras in the bonus round except extra spins, you will benefit from sticky wilds in New Years Gold. This can lead to far better regular payouts, so it all depends on what kind of wins you prefer to chase.
Gold Pile: New Years Gold Reel Screen
Gold Pile: New Years Gold Features
The wild symbol looks like a red box of firecrackers with golden ornament. It will substitute for all regular pay symbols, as wilds usually do, and thus help you form winning combos. The wild pays 80x for 5 on a payline, which is significantly higher than the regular symbols.
People familiar with this series will know what to expect. The 5th reel is framed, and comes with gold bars that can be added on top. You can seamlessly adjust the number of gold bars via the Gold Meter on the left-hand side. The meter goes from 0, 10, 20 and up to 100 %, and this directly controls how many golden symbols you can expect to land on the 5th reel.
Of course, this comes with a price. A 100 % gold meter will cost 10x the price per spin compared to a 0 % gold meter. However, a 100 % gold meter will guarantee that nothing but golden symbols land on reel 5.
All regular symbols can land as the golden version on reel 5 only, and this is key to winning jackpots. You need 5 symbols in a winning combo, including a golden symbol and a wild, to win a jackpot. If the 5 symbols are low-value royals, you land the Mini Jackpot of 4x. However, if they are premium symbols you win the Maxi Jackpot of 16x your stake.
When you land a 5 symbol win including a golden symbol, but no wild, the Grand Chase feature is activated. You can also trigger this feature by landing 4 regular wilds and a golden wild on reel 5 on the same win line. The triggering position on reel 5 will be framed, and you get 3 respins of reel 5 only.
The 4 regular reels are frozen in place with your winning combo intact. Landing a golden symbol in the framed reel 5 position means that you win either the Mini or Maxi Jackpot, depending on what symbols you triggered the feature with. The good news is that reel 5 will contain only the golden version of the matching symbol, and Grand Jackpot symbols.
This means that you will get repeated smaller jackpot wins, or you land the Grand Jackpot worth 400x your stake. This happens if the Grand symbol lands in the framed reel position on either of the 3 respins. The feature ends immediately if you win the Grand Jackpot.
The free spins round is triggered by landing at least 3 golden ox scatters anywhere in sight. Landing 5 scatters awards an initial win of 100x, and then you’re granted 6 free spins. You will get 3 spins added to your tally whenever you land 3+ scatters on a free spin. All regular and gold wilds that land will become sticky for the duration of the bonus round. You can trigger the Jackpots and the Grand Chase feature during the free spins round also.
The 200 Spins Gold Pile: New Years Gold Experience
We decided to play with 40 % on the Gold Meter, and we triggered both the Grand Chase feature and the bonus round in our 200 spins test session. You can see how it all played out in the 3-minute highlights video below, and the Grand Chase starts at 0:45 into the video. The bonus round follows not too long after that.
As we predicted in our review of Gold Pile: Tigers Pride, this Playtech series follows a distinct pattern. The Jackpot feature remains more or less the same from game to game, while the bonus round changes. Gold Pile: New Years Gold is the third installation, and for some reason the jackpots are worth 10 times less than what the 2 previous titles offer.
It’s hard to understand why, but most likely it’s because the bonus round is potentially more lucrative than in the 2 predecessor titles. Tigers Pride came with nothing extra in the bonus round, but in New Years Gold you get sticky wilds. A screen full of wilds pays 2,000x, while a screen full of the highest value regular symbol still pays “only” 300x. It’s nice to have options, but a 400x Grand Jackpot still feels a bit cheap.
Fixed Mini and Maxi Jackpots of 4x and 16x
Grand Chase jackpot feature can land you up to 400x
Bonus round with sticky wilds
Jackpots are worth 10x less than in the previous Gold Pile games
If you love Gold Pile: New Years Gold you should also try:
Gold Pile: Toltec Treasure - was the first game released in what we expect to be a lengthy series from Playtech (Rarestone). You will benefit from the same jackpot features as in the game at hand, albeit with 10x the value. The bonus round comes with only wilds and golden wilds on reel 5.
Gold Pile: Tigers Pride - was the second release in the Gold Pile Jackpot series, and the jackpots are worth 10x as much here too. The bonus round is stripped for extras, but you can retrigger it to get new spins.
Golden Macaque - is an asian themed installation in Playtech/Rarestone’s Fire Blaze Jackpot series. This series is somewhat similar, as you have a Hold & Respin jackpot feature combined with a bonus round that varies.
Gold Pile: New Years Gold Slot FAQsWhat is the Return to Player of Gold Pile: New Years Gold?
The RTP of 96.45 % is a bit above average, and very similar to the previous titles.
How volatile is Gold Pile: New Years Gold?
The volatility is medium to high, which seems to be the norm in this series.
What is the biggest win possible?
The Grand Jackpot is worth 400x in New Years Gold, which is 10x less than in the 2 previous titles. You can win up to 2,000x by filling the screen with wilds though, which might happen in the bonus round.
How does the Gold Pile Jackpot feature work in New Years Gold?
The Gold Meter from 0 to 100 % determines how many gold symbols land on reel 5. Landing a 5-of-a-kind combo with a gold symbol and a wild wins the Mini or Maxi Jackpot. Royal symbols award the Mini Jackpot, while premium symbols award the Maxi Jackpot.
How does the Grand Chase feature work in New Years Gold?
Landing a 5-of-a-kind combo with a gold symbol, but no wild, gives you 3 respins. Reels 1 to 4 are frozen in place, while reel 5 spins to land only golden triggering symbols and the Grand Jackpot symbol. You will thus win either 3 smaller jackpots in a row, or the Grand Jackpot of 400x.
Is there a free spins mode in Gold Pile: New Years Gold?
Yes, you get 6 free spins, and you can retrigger the feature with 3 new spins indefinitely. All wilds and golden wilds become sticky when they land.
Can I play Gold Pile: New Years Gold slot for free?
Yes, you can check out the free Gold Pile: New Years Gold demo game at the very top of this page (UK players must verify age first).