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Released May 2020
The Black River Gold slot can be found at casinos offering Elk Studios software. Elk Studios are a small but well-established casino software developer primarily focusing on the mobile market. At the present time they only offer slots games. Players should be aware that this software provider includes ‘betting strategies’ as an automated feature. These should be avoided. They offer no mathematical gain to the player and increase the risk of large losses in comparison to your bankroll. As a standard Elk Studios do publish the RTP/House Edge information for their slots games within their game paytable. As such we can say that the House Edge of Black River Gold is 3.9%.
Black River Gold is a 6 reel slot and each reel sits a 4 symbols high. Instead of paylines you form wins when you land 3 or more matching symbols across adjacent reels.
Black River Gold is a Western themed slot that is set during the Great American Gold Rush. The reels are set inside a mineshaft that looks out onto snow covered mountains. Your symbols are made up of the usual assortment of sheriff badges, golden nuggets and bank vaults.
Avalanche – Every time you form a winning combination the symbols involved will disappear from the reels, with new ones dropping down into place and with an additional row appearing above the existing ones. As this happens you will increase the number of ways to win. The rows can reach the maximum height of 8 rows.
Wild – The Wild symbol is a “Rose”, which will substitute for all symbols other than Bonus and Wild Compass symbols.
Wild Compass – More of a feature than a symbol, when the Wild Compass symbol lands on the reels, matching symbols on either side will turn Wild. The Wild Compass symbol will turn Wild if drops down to the bottom of the reels during a series of Drops.
Free Drops – The “Vault” is the Free Drops symbol. You need 3 or more of them anywhere on the reels to trigger the feature.
Big Symbols – Some symbols are bigger than others, sitting at 2x2, 3x3 or 4x4 symbols. Some can even land and sit above the current height of the reels.
Revolver – Big Symbols can also take the form of a Gun Chamber. The Chamber will spin, absorbing symbols from other reels, meaning that multiple symbols can exist within the one symbol space, increasing the chances you have to form a win. When the Chamber is full, the Revolver symbol will turn Wild.
Free Drops – The number of Free Spins that you are awarded is determined by the number of Free Drop symbols that you land. 3, 4, 5 or 6 Free Drop symbols will earn you 10, 15, 20 or 25 Free Drops respectively. The feature can be retriggered. During the Free Spins the safety level will not reset to 4, but will remain at the highest point triggered by avalanches, again to a maximum of 8 rows. During the Free Drops any time a Wild symbol lands and makes its way to the bottom of the reels, following a series of symbol drops, it will remain in place for the duration of the spins.
This is a cracking looking slot that comes with a number of exciting features. However, the betting strategies that Elk continue to include remain a major issue. They offer no advantage and could in fact be considered a dangerous inclusion in a game that is based entirely on random chance. The implication that skill or a tactic can be in any way deployed is one that we cannot endorse, no matter how good this slot might be. With a fair degree of regret we cannot give Black River Gold a positive review.