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Black Gold Rush Slot

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A drilling rig introduces us to Black Gold Rush video slot, released by SkillOnNet. The theme of this slot is an attempt to compare a player’s longing for a win with highly profitable oil business. The reels are set within an oil drilling facility, with pipes and rolling wheels all around. 

Players can achieve up to 50 win lines on five reels, each containing 3 symbols. Symbols are themed, but quite simple by today’s standards. Up to 20 free spins with x2 multiplier can be won, while bonus symbols launch Bonus Game in which you can pick one of three offered options to win prizes. With a maximum bet of R5,000, Black Gold Rush primarily targets high rollers, but a wide total bet range makes it available for all.


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If you have seen “There Will Be Blood” movie rolled out in 2007, you will understand why SkillOnNet chose this theme three years after the movie. That was one of the most money-making businesses ever, so they thought it would be a good idea to use it here. Maybe it was a good idea after all, but SkillOnNet has failed to transfer the energy and devotion of oil diggers to this online slot. You won’t fall in love with Black Gold Rush slot at first sight and the reason is simple – it looks bad. And when you take a second look, you will notice how ugly it is, once again. No game feature or payout can save this game. A video slot is not an engineering schedule drawn on a large paper sheet, it is all about the excitement and opportunities a life is made of and it needs to look, at least, decent. These guys, however, completely forgot about it when making this slot.

Let’s try to disregard the looks and return to the game. Fairly, Black Gold Rush has a couple of nice things to offer. When played on all 50 paylines, it delivers frequent wins. Wins are, however, low to medium sizes. You can select the number of paylines you want and a wide range of coin denominations is available. Scatter symbol is in charge of Free Spins with doubled wins; the more Scatters the more Free Spins you get. There is also a bonus game which is activated by Bonus symbols. For every Bonus symbol that show up you collect a certain number of points. When 1,000 points are gathered Bonus Game is started. Although it can get you some money, it is boring and predictable. There are three oil derricks and you need to choose the one that will reach the oil reserve and earn you a coin award.

All symbols are themed, but they look very simple and unimaginative. The jackpot symbol is Oil Drill rewarding 5,000 coins. Wild symbol substitutes for all regular symbols.

If you can neglect the appearance of the game, if you don’t care about the graphics and animation, if you are a machine that is focused only on results without a need for beauty, joy and fun, then my friend, this may be the game for you. If you know how beautiful a video slot can be, if you enjoy the drawings, visual effects following your wins and appreciate the imagination that slot providers put to their products, then run away from Black Gold Rush as far as you can.

Our rating: 55/100

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