We fell in a river once. Fish.Go. Everywhere.
The Black River Gold slot is powered by ELK Studios and is played with 6 reels and 4,096 ways to win. Available on all devices from just 20p a spin, this Wild West inspired slot is the 4th game from the ELK Gold Series. With Avalanche wins, the rows can expand up to 8 rows to give you up to 262,144 ways to win. There’s also a Compass Wild which makes other symbols wild, big symbols up to 4x4 in size, a Revolver symbol which can become fully wild and free spins where you’ll get sticky wilds and can only see the number of rows and ways to win increase. The RTP is 96.1% and the max win is 5,000 x stake per spin.
Bonus Features in Black River Gold
There are 3 bonus features in Black River Gold. All 5 reels can contain boosted symbol stacks and a respin symbol can land to give you a free respin with sticky symbols. It’s all about the Bonus Game feature where you can benefit from infinite free spins as well as transforming symbols.
When you get a winning combination, all contributing symbols explode and leave space for new symbols dropping in. Known as the Avalanche feature, an extra row of symbols is added at the top. Continuous avalanches can lead to 8 rows in total. With each new row, the number of ways to win increases:
4 rows = 4,096 ways to win
5 rows = 15,625 ways to win
6 rows = 46,656 ways to win
7 rows = 117,649 ways to win
8 rows = 262,144 ways to win
The Avalanche feature can be found in other Gold Series slots from ELK Studios like Cygnus.
Big symbols, which can be up to 4x4 in size, can absorb smaller symbols below them. When this happens, it becomes a Revolver and triggers the Revolver feature. When full, the Revolver becomes fully wild for increase winning potential.
Look out for the Wild Compass symbol. When symbols match across the Wild Compass, they also become wild symbols. When reaching the bottom row, it becomes a wild symbol.
Bonus Game feature
There is also a Bonus Game feature which is triggered when 3 or more bonus symbols land on the reels. The number of free spins you’ll receive depends on the number of triggering bonus symbols:
3 bonus symbols = 10 free spins
4 bonus symbols = 15 free spins
5 bonus symbols = 20 free spins
6 bonus symbols = 25 free spins
Beginning with 4 rows and 4,096 ways to win, every win adds another row and more ways to win, up to 8 rows and 262,144 ways to win. Unlike the base game, the number of rows and ways to win can only increase. This is known as the Safety Level feature.
During the free spins, all wilds are collected and kept at the bottom when a free spin ends. They then transform into sticky wilds and remain in play until they are part of a winning combination. Finally, you can retrigger the feature by landing 3 or more bonus symbols meaning up to 50 free spins are available in total.
Black River Gold Slot RTP, Details & Wager Limits
Black River Gold has 6 reels and 4,096 ways to win. A winning combination is created when 3 or more matching symbols land on adjacent reels beginning from reel 1. With each win, an Avalanche occurs to give you another row and more ways to win. It can reach 8 rows and 262,144 ways to win.
The Black River Gold game caters to all pockets as the minimum stake is 20p a spin with the maximum being £100 per spin. It has an Auto Spin function where you can choose between 10 and 100 spins. In the Settings tab, you can also opt for Quick play which speeds up the spins. There’s also a reality check interval up to an hour.
Classed as 9 out of 10 in terms of variance, the Black River Gold RTP is 96.1% which is standard for an ELK Studios slot. With a hit frequency of 24.1% (meaning nearly 1 in 4 spins will result in a winner), the max win per spin is 5,000 x total stake.
The Black River Gold slot has a Western theme and is set at the turn of the 20th century. With the Western era coming to an end, Kane (who is found in many ELK Studios slots) sets out to build his wealth in a new and civilised world as he failed to secure his fortune in the Wild West.
With rocky mountains in the backdrop, the reels are set within a metal structure. There’s a classic Western soundtrack as you spin the reels. Symbols include A, K, Q and J playing cards. There are also broaches, sheriff badges, whiskey tumblers and revolvers. You will also come across gemstones, golden nuggets and diamonds.
Kane, the main character, is the highest value symbol returning 1.8, 2, 2.5 or 3 times your stake for 3, 4, 5 or 6 in combination. The red rose is the wild symbol and substitutes for all symbols except the scatter and wild compass symbols.
All symbols can appear as Big Symbols meaning you can see super, mega and epic symbols that are 2x2, 3x3 and 4x4 in size respectively.
There is a Black River Gold mobile slot as well as a desktop and tablet version. This is because ELK Studios produces all slots with HTML5 technology but focuses more on mobile games.
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Unlike the previous three, Black River Gold is a difficult location to place. You would presume it to be in North America, but there are dozens of Black Rivers in that vast stretch of land. There are some clues, though. The first is a towering mountain range in the background, with metal framing, foregrounding a misty tree-filled valley. As before, 24 symbols drop into the grid in a 6-reel, 4-row arrangement which can expand through the Avalanche mechanic and features.
Winning combinations are formed of three or more matching symbols left to right. There are no paylines as such; instead, winning symbols can land in any position providing 4,096 win ways with the default 4 rows in play. Then, winning symbols are removed to let new ones fall into place, which not only fills the gaps, but adds an extra row to the grid. At maximum, the game can be expanded to 8 rows high, increasing the number of win ways in the process:
5 rows – 15,625 ways to win.
6 rows – 46,656 ways to win.
7 rows – 117,649 ways to win.
8 rows – 262,144 ways to win.
Joining the spruced up new Kane Steel requires setting stakes and/or a betting strategy. Bets are available from 20 p/c per spin or all the way up to £/€100 should the need arise. RTP remains the same as before at 96.1% along with high volatility, whilst hit frequency comes in at 24.1%. One stat conspicuous by its absence is the bonus game frequency. So far there has been a tendency to get less frequent as the series has progressed, so what the official rate is in the Black River Gold version is anyone's guess. A qualified guess is that it's likely in the region of 1 in 300-400 spins.
Firing up the paytable makes you wonder whether Kane is playing sheriff with all those badges on screen. Or is he dodging the law? Either way, the symbols are made up of J-A royals that actually look like playing cards, a choker, a badge, a whiskey glass, and a gun make up the low and mid pays. On the higher side, we get an emerald, a gold nugget, a diamond, and Kane as the most valuable.
A new alteration has also been made to the big symbols. This time around, if a big symbol has an empty space beneath, it turns into a gun cylinder symbol (the part that holds the bullets). Known as the Revolver feature, when the revolver appears, symbols beneath it are loaded up making the revolver a big version of the symbols it holds. If all 6 bullet spaces are filled, then the revolver just turns into a big wild symbol.
The next special symbol is the Compass. When it lands, matching symbols across it become wild. So, if the needle is pointing east-west, then matching symbols on its left and right become wild. Also, if the compass reaches the bottom row, it turns wild too. Wilds can substitute for any other symbol except compasses and scatters.
Finally, what it all comes down to - the Bonus Game. Land 3, 4, 5, or 6 scatter symbols anywhere in view to trigger 10, 15, 20, or 25 free drops respectively. During the bonus game, the Safety Level comes into play, so each win adds another row (up to 8) as during the base game, but now they don't fall back to 4 rows on new drops. Wilds that appear are stored at the bottom of the grid and remain sticky until they are used in a win. Finally, free drops can be retriggered by landing three or more scatters.
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The theoretical average return to player (RTP) is up to 96.1%. This RTP represents the long-term expected payback of the game which has been calculated by an independent testing company and monitored monthly.
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