Golden Era Slots
This MicroGaming designed slot is all about the Golden age of cinema, where actresses would wear full length ball gowns, while the men would be bedecked in a top hat and tails (think Gone with the Wind or Breakfast at Tiffany’s). These leading men and women were the real stars of the day, in an age when musicians were yet to truly make their mark – fame and Hollywood being completely intertwined. The reels feature these stars, alongside a luxury car, an old style clapperboard, the film reels, walk of fame handprints, a golden award and an early member of the paparazzi. This game features two distinct bonus rounds where you’ll get to choose which one to play.
The slot is set against the backdrop of an old style movie theatre, with large velvet red curtains framing the screen. The screen here features the reels which have a light grey backing, perhaps inspired by the black and white films of the era. This slot certainly isn’t in black and white however, as each of the symbols are designed in rich colours – the young actress perhaps being the most colourful of all, with her red lipstick matching her dress. Each of the characters comes to life when forming part of a win line; much as they would come to life on the big screen itself. Throughout your time at the game you’ll hear the general commotion of a casino, while era relevant tunes play whenever a win is landed.
Playing Golden Era
Golden Era is a 5 reel slot with a fixed number of 15 win lines. You’ll choose your total bet size by clicking on the up and down buttons on the control panel, with a minimum stake of 15c. To win, you’ll need to land three or more consecutive symbols from left to right on a win line, with the biggest pay-outs coming for five in a row. The highest paying standard symbol is the one showing the leading man and lady together just about to kiss, this worth 1,000 coins for five in a row. The actress and the actor alone are the next on the pay table, worth 800 and 700 coins respectively, while an elderly actress (perhaps the same actress many years later) pays 600.
The title symbol acts as the wild and will substitute for any other symbol apart from the scatter. This is the highest paying symbol at the entire game, worth an impressive 5,000 coins if you can land five in a row. However it’s the clapperboard symbol which you will consider to be the best of all, as this is the scatter which activates the bonus rounds. You’ll gain an immediate cash prize when you land 2 or more scatters, but land 3 and you’ll be given a choice of the following two bonus rounds:
Free Spins with Embracing Wilds – Here you’ll have 12 free spins, each very different from the spins in the base game. The first spin sees reels one and five completely wild, featuring the actor on reel one and the actress on reel five. The next spin sees them move towards each other, with the actor on reel two and the actress on reel four. The third spin sees them embrace. This pattern repeats four times over the twelve spins. Any wins using the embracing wilds on reel 3 are subject to a 2x multiplier.
Double Feature Bonus – This feature transports you to the outside of a cinema, with 10 classic movie posters being advertised. Each features a different movie theme, including a western, a comedy, a Sci-Fi film and a romance. Each of the films has the same leading stars of Tiffany Mills and Richard Hughes. You’ll pick the movie posters one at a time and each will reveal either a cash prize or a golden award which will act as a multiplier. However, picking a poster which has rotten tomatoes thrown at it signals the end of the feature, at which point your total winnings for the round will be awarded.
There are many slots with similar themes in the online casino industry, so it’s nice to come across a game that is a little different from time to time. This MicroGaming designed slot features good visuals that really transport you back to the early part of the 20th century and the gameplay is good too. The only problem you might have is in choosing which bonus feature to play, as they are both equally good. For something of a unique experience, you should certainly consider the Golden Era slot.