The Golden Era slot promises to transport you back to the halcyon days of 1940s cinema, when movie stars were amongst the most famous, dapper and trendiest people on the planet.
Golden Era is a 5x3 reel, 15 payline slot created by Microgaming and offering you the chance to explore some of those early days of the silver screen and two of its most glorious stars.
What is immediately apparent is that just like any Hollywood blockbuster of the modern day, a great amount of detail and attention has been applied to the setting. The slot takes place against the backdrop of a cinema screen, with curtains either side of the stage. It's a simple, yet striking presentation that works very well with the slot.
The reels are the usual 5x3 reel matrix and you can get the reels spinning from just 0.01 per payline although you can play for considerably more. With all payouts based on factors of your payline bet, the more you wager per payline, the greater the real terms value of the cash you'll receive back.
The slickness of the presentation continues on the reels where there is, thankfully, none of the ubiquitous playing card symbols as the low value option. IN this game, all symbols are to do with the golden age of cinema. The lower paying symbols are an assortment of cinema related paraphernalia including cinema tickets, awards, and hand prints on the Hollywood Walk of fame.
The higher value symbols on the reels are the main characters from the slot including a paparazzi photographer, a more esteemed elderly actress and the two main characters, the handsome dapper chap in his top hat and tails, and the sultry, scarlet clad leading lady.
Add to this a jazzy soundtrack and you have the perfect ambiance for the game set in this formative period in cinema.
The base game itself plays relatively quickly but be aware that although this is more a medium variance slot, it can have periods when it plays very tight. This can drain your finances somewhat rapidly if you are playing at too high a level for your bankroll, so sensible management of your finances will serve you well on the slot.
These colder runs are mitigated by the occasional big win, most of which come from the triggered features and there is the potential for some of these wins to be genuinely huge and it is these potential paydays that will certainly have many slot players keeping the reels spinning.
The first main feature players need to watch for is the Golden Era logo which is the in game Wild. This can be used to substitute for other symbols across the reels to create winning paylines although this does not come with any multiplier.
The other bonus to check out is the clapperboard scatter symbol. When you land three or more of these anywhere across the reels you launch the bonus round and here you can pick from two bonus games. Either the Embracing Wilds option, or the Double Feature bonus round.
In the Embracing Wilds game, you receive 12 free spins and the male and female actors symbols cover the out most two reels in full, turning them Wild for that spin. On the next spin, they move closer to the central reel, turning reels 2 and 4 Wild, then on the third spin, the two actors embrace on the third reel, turning that reel Wild for the third spin. The process is then repeated until all 12 free spins are played through.
A nice touch is that all wins are subject to a 2x multiplier in the Embracing Wilds round.
If you elect to play the Double Feature bonus, this is a very easy game where you select from 10 movie posters to reveal cash amounts plus a 2x multiplier. However, if you select the tomato icon, the bonus ends immediately and you return to the base game. You keep picking posters to increase your win until you select the tomato.
The Golden Era slot looks and plays well but it can be a little volatile at times and big wins are not guaranteed, however it is a hugely enjoyable mid-level variance slot which players of all bankroll sizes can enjoy.
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