The immediate impression this game gives is that it is styled like a classic slots game from way back in the day. The title itself is a pun on the phrase “golden bars”, so immediately the game conjures up mental images of the potential riches that await you.
The game’s setup at a glance is that it is very basic and functionalist, as there are only three buttons, no bonus features, and only one single payline. CTXM/GamesOS creates a wide array of video slots games, and this one is structured to be like a typical real-life slots game rather than a flashy video slots title.
The games that CTXM/GamesOS produce are usually quite good, so where does Gold in Bars rank in the grand scheme of things? Keep reading to get our view on the matter…
One Reel To Rule Them All
If you’ve ever played Fruit Salad Jackpot, you’ll immediately recognise the setup of this game. Gold in Bars is designed to appeal to people who are looking for an old-fashioned slots game and nothing more. The symbols are typical of the genre, as there are various fruit, gems, gold, and bells/stars made available.
The ambient sound effects and music are meant to reflect what being in a real casino would be like, which is actually pretty cool when compared to the flashier video slots games out there. This game is certainly not over-stimulating from a UI perspective, if anything it delivers exactly the right amount of style in its design.
The one reel-one payline concept may prove to be a little too basic for some, but it isn’t something that should be discounted out of hand. Within Gold in Bars it may ramp up the difficulty, but it ramps up the level of fun at the very same time.
Bully For Bullion
There are no scatter symbols, no free spins, no wild symbols and no bonus rounds or games of any kind in Gold in Bars. The setup of this game is extremely basic, as you have the option to bet one coin at a time, bet the full $5, and spin your reel. There is only one payline in play and no option to auto-roll. The option to turn off the volume and/or sound effect is located on the bottom-left corner of the screen. Your remaining balance and the jackpot size are located in the top-left corner.
Make sure to pay attention to the values of the various symbols, as while the payouts scale linearly with your corresponding bet size, the value of the symbols aren’t intuitive. The payout values for each symbol starts on the bottom-left and goes left to right upwards. That means that the diamond is actually worth less than a watermelon. The triple bars are worth the most, and depending on the size of the jackpot at the time, the maximum non-jackpot payout may actually be more than the games supposed bigger prizes.
Like Fruit Salad Jackpot, this game has no bonus round or features, just a single reel with which to win prizes. That said, this game is clearly geared towards the big spenders, as the minimum bet is $1 and you must bet $5 a spin to qualify for the jackpot. While there is no multiplier, Gold in Bars features a constantly growing progressive jackpot that can be won on any spin, provided you bet the maximum amount.
What’s really cool about this game is that 2% of each wager goes towards the jackpot, but you aren’t the only one contributing to it. Every player who spins the reels in Gold in Bars contributes to the pot! That means that the pot can grow very quickly in size, and the opportunity to win a big jackpot isn’t contingent upon how many times you personally spin the reels.
Progressive jackpots have a tendency to divide opinion, with some players loving the concept and other despising it. Being as fair as possible to Gold in Bars, the progressive jackpot implementation works in this title.
No Frills Action
This game has no central theme, as it is an old-fashioned slots game, plain and simple. It is competently designed and offers nothing more than what you see. That being said, those looking for a big payout on a real money slot may actually find that this game offers exactly what they are looking for.
If you don’t care about flashy graphics and fancy features, then this game is designed to appeal to your tastes. But if you are of the “no frills, no thrills” persuasion, the design of the game will likely not appeal to your tastes.