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About This Slot
After their recent foray into south central LA and their hip hop-inspired slot, Top Dawg$, one of our favourite young game studios, Relax Gaming, have turned their attention to a more fantastical setting, a world not unlike one you’d find Blilbo Baggins in, and populated by gold-seeking little trolls, green and Shrek-like in appearance. Relax, like their rivals No Limit City, are leading the way with their own unique brand of top-quality slot games, stacked with interesting and innovative features and big potential.
Troll’s Gold is no exception – it mixes familiar lock and re-spins features and adds a new dimension as gold bags collected during the bonus round can score you fixed prize wins of up to 10,000x.
The action all takes place against an intricately-designed backdrop featuring stone dragon carvings, teepees, and rolling hillsides. The reels themselves spin on a wooden reel set with an interesting 3, 4, 5, 4, 3 layout, and should you be lucky enough to trigger the bonus round then the whole game shifts to an underground layer with stashes of gold coins.
RTP, Variance and Top Payout
Relax are building their reputation on producing slots with a high variance and Troll’s Gold is no exception. It is rated a 5/5 by Relax themselves and we’re pretty sure you’ll be feeling that volatility if you load up and spin. The top payout of 12,500x is no match for some of the blockbuster prizes on offer currently in games like San Quentin xWays, but it’s still a good measure of the possibilities this slot has in its locker. You’ll need to be hitting the bonus round and looking to snag a lot of gold bags to get anywhere close to that jackpot which we will come onto in a minute. The RTP is set to 96.3% and spins start at 10p per play.
Symbols and Graphics
There are 20 active paylines in play at any one time in Troll’s Gold. The low value icons are made up of the card suits, Spades, Clubs, Hearts and Diamonds. The premium icons are represented by the cartoon family of trolls – the baby, the daddy, the king and the scary-looking one! The king is the highest value bringing in 15x for five on a payline.
You’ll also find a regular Wild with multipliers that plays a key role in the gameplay and subs for all others but only lands on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5, as well as a bag of coins scatter required to unlock the bonus round.
What We Like
Special meter 10,000x fixed prize
Great cartoon graphics and illustrations
Wild multipliers combine up to 81x
Different setting for bonus round
Lock and Re Spin for full screen payouts
What We Don't Like
Fewer features that some games
Gameplay and Features
The base game here is driven along nicely with extra wins supplied by the wilds that each come with multipliers, plus a lock-in feature with re-spins that can produce some nice payouts. The best part though is the Bonus Game that plays out in the underground lair which comes with the chance to stack up bags of coins for fixed-prize wins.
The Wilds will land with multipliers of 1x, 2x or 3x which combine when more than one appears in a winline. This way it is possible to create multipliers of 81x (3x3x3x3 – wilds only appear on four of the reels). Wilds are not sticky in this game.
Lock-In With Re Spins
The Lock-In feature is important in the base game though it is quite tough to trigger. It happens when you land a stack of the same symbols on the 1st reel. Now, that full stack plus any identical icons on all the other reels are held in place for a re spin. This process keeps repeating every time you spin and land more matching icons. Once a non-winning spin plays out, then the action stops and all the wins are added up for a payout.
It is possible this way to fill the entire grid with one icon. If that happens then a random multiplier of up to 10x is applied to the total win.
Treasure Trove Re-Spin Bonus Game
The gold coins bag symbol is required to unlock the bonus round. You need to land a full stack on the first reel. When this happens the backdrop changes and we are now in an underground lair. Here, the low value cards are removed from the reels and the stack of gold coins that triggered the bonus, and any on other reels, are locked in.
Re-Spins ensue during which new gold coin bags are locked, as are any Treasure Chests. When coin bags land they include a multiplier of 1x, 2x, 3x , 5x or 10x. The Treasure Chests aggregate all other icon values currently on the reels.
Finally, there is another part to this game that opens things up nicely for much bigger wins. Whenever one of the Treasure Chests or Gold Coins Bags lands, it adds another count to the meter on the right of the reel set. This way you can fill from 12 up to 19 places on the meter to score wins of 10x, 20x, 50x, 100x, 500x, 1,000x, 10,000x.
This last feature in the bonus round really cranks up the tension and gives you the opportunity to hit some epic payouts.
Troll’s Gold is fun stuff from Relax Gaming mixing some tried and tested gameplay with some unique added extras. Despite its high variance this slot can still produce some pretty tasty wins in the base game thanks to the multiplier wilds and those locked-in re-spins. But the best stuff is saved for the bonus round which could be a pretty tense affair watching that prize meter go up in value and waiting to see how far it can go. The jump from a 1,000x to a 10,000x in the final stages is a massive leap in terms of payouts so anyone who gets close to that point is going to be getting very nervous! The good news is that you can’t lose what you win – there are no snakes to slide down here once you reach 12 or higher on the ladder!
Payouts aside though, this is a lovely-looking game with great graphics and enough regular action throughout both base game and bonus round to make it appealing to a pretty wide audience. The Relax Gaming train just keeps on rolling! Long may it last.