Isles of Gold Slot from Incredible Technologies
My first thought on this game was that it was another in the popular Ancient Greece / Myths niche. While there are some Greek type symbols on the reels, the all-female warrior symbols and statues which look a little Roman, argue against that. Whatever mix of ancient symbols this 5-reel live casino video slot from Incredible Technologies (ITS) certainly has a lot going on in it. There is a special wheel feature which can add wins, wilds or bonus rounds to any spin – and a progressive jackpot too. If you trigger the separate free spins bonus round, then you will find yourself picking urns after it ends for even more wins.
How to Win on Isles of Gold
At the core of this 40-line slot, the wins from lining up the symbols still dominate. There are some reasonably large prizes – and the occasional extra wilds from the wheel game can add to these significantly. Symbols come stacked on the reels, often giving good coverage of a single type and triggering multiple wins.
There are 6 female warriors on the reels, and they are the highest paying symbols. Best of all is the lady in golden armor wielding a bright sword. This pays 400 coins for 5 on a line, 100 for 4, 25 for 3 and 3 coins for just 2. The lady in purple with a rope comes next at 250 coins for 5 (she also pays out for 2+) then a lady with a double headed axe and one with a spear at 150 coins for 5. Two more ladies with green backgrounds complete these symbols, paying100 coins for 5. A variety of weapons and accessories make up the rest of the wins including a helmet, spear / shield combo, bow with 3 arrows and a sword.
The wild symbol is a guy that appears to be carrying the word ‘wild’ on his back. This only appears on reels 2 through 5 – and so cannot make wins of its own. Instead this symbol substitutes for all of the regular ones to create extra wins, though not the owl free spins symbol. Note that during the free spins, the wilds are different.
Random Wheel Bonus Feature
While you are spinning a wheel will sometimes pop up in front of the reels. This is certainly worth the interruption and can give you extra wilds, a bonus game or a cash prize (including the progressive jackpots if you are betting the maximum amount).
The most common prize is extra wilds, or 3 free spins. You will sometimes go to the ‘bust a statue’ bonus game, where you will see a line of 7 statues. You get to tap 3 of these. Mostly they will reveal cash prizes, with occasionally free spins being awarded instead.
If you get the extra wilds then these appear after the reels stop spinning, 3 or more symbols will crack and be replaced by wilds before the wins are totaled up.
Free Spins Bonus Feature Leads to the Garden of Champions
You’ll get 6 free spins for 3 scattered owl symbols, 8 for 4 and 10 spins for 5. These symbols only appear during the main game (meaning that the spins cannot be retriggered). When you play the free spins there are two differences. First the wilds are now the lady in the golden armor with the sword, and that these appear on all 5 reels (payments are the same for this symbol, though you’ll get extra combinations with other symbols since it also appears on the first reel). Second there is a clay pot with the word ‘bonus’ on it. Each time you hit one of these then you are awarded 3 picks for the ‘garden of champions’ bonus game which follows your free spins.
As soon as the spins end you go to a garden setting which is crowded with pots on stone plinths. You get to tap these pots, which smash to reveal either an amount in coins or more free spins. The number of times you tap depends on how many pots you collected during the free spins bonus game.
Design and Setup of Isles of Gold
As you might expect from an ITS game, Isles of Gold does not shy away from being bright and bold. The female warriors are brightly drawn and detailed and the overall effect, with stone columns at either side of the reels and jagged angular lettering for the words is very much mythological in feel. The garden and bust a statute bonus games look great, and the music is classical (though not too imposing).
You can play this game from just 40 credits, with the smallest bet being 40c. You need to spin for the max bet in order to qualify for the progressive jackpot.
What looked at the outset to be a simple game turned out to have hidden depths. I like the randomly occurring wheel concept. This can add a lot to any spin, and keeps the anticipation level high. Free spins and the pick-em games are nothing too extraordinary, though they add enough variety to keep you engaged with the game. A nicely produced slot, whatever the exact myths behind the theme might be!