Golden Girls from Booming Games: Slot Review - surf's up!
If you were a fan of the hit TV show ‘Golden Girls’ from many years ago then you know that it revolved around 4 elderly ladies constantly getting up to mischief. Well, if you thought this latest release from Booming Games was based on that show then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that it has absolutely no connection to it whatsoever! Instead, it is all about a couple of young ladies sunning themselves and going surfing on a beautiful beach somewhere in the tropical resort of Hawaii. So get ready to slap on some suncream, soak up some rays, and learn how to hang 10 and surf the waves effortlessly with these ladies!
Golden Girls is a 5 reel slot game with 25 paylines and includes Free Spins, Multiplying Wilds, Wild Reels, and a Gamble feature.
The first thing to highlight is the Wild symbol and this is illustrated by some colourful surfboards in the game. Like most Wild symbols, it substitutes for all other symbols except for the Scatter symbol to help form winning combinations on the reels. Another interesting aspect of this symbol is that it comes with multipliers attached to it when it appears on the reels which range from 2X up to 4X to further boost your chances of landing a big win. Golden Girls also features a Wild Reel that is located on reel 4 in the game which means that all of the symbols on reel 4 will always be Wild except for one possible Scatter symbol.
The yellow warning sign with a shark fin is the Scatter symbol and if you land 3 or more of these symbols anywhere on the reels then you’ll trigger the Free Spins feature. Once activated, you’ll receive 10 Free Spins and it is possible to retrigger more Free Spins by landing 3 more Scatters while in this feature.
The final feature to highlight is the optional Gamble mode. This is triggered whenever you land a win on the reels and to play this game all you have to do is simply press the ‘Gamble’ button when it lights up after you have won a round. In this risky but fun mini-game, you have to guess the correct symbol from a blue and an orange surfboard. If you choose the correct surfboard then your win is doubled but if you choose incorrectly then you’ll lose all your current winnings and be taken back to the main game. It is possible to gamble up to 10 times in a row or until your winnings exceed 10,000. If you find you are on a hot streak and just want to collect your winnings then press the ‘Collect’ button to return to the main game with your winnings intact.
Theme, Graphics and Sound
The game features some superb graphics as it is set on a beautiful beach somewhere in Hawaii. The backdrop of the slot features lush palm trees, a sandy beach, deck chairs, beach balls, surfboards, and an old-fashioned wooden lifeguard station. If you look closely at the reels you will even notice some transparent water bubbles that separate each reel. Symbols are wonderfully designed and consist of 3 Ladies, Surfboards, Beachballs, Sunglasses, Flip-Flops, and the standard A-K icons. The animations are very stylish as symbols flash and enlarge whenever you form a win on the reels. It’s a nice visual spectacle.
The game features lots of relaxing steel drum sounds and a rather enjoyable 1950s beach style song starts playing whenever you decide to enter the Gamble feature. It complements the beach theme of the game really well.
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Win lines, Payouts and Jackpots
The game has 25 paylines, a decent RTP of 95.3%, and a decent maximum payout worth 800X your initial wager.
Below is a summary taken from the PayOut Table from the game. The amount won for each combination depends on the value of the bet when you spin the reels.
Bet Per Line: 0.01, 0.02, 0.03, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, 0.30, 0.50, 1.00, 2.00, 3.00, 5.00, 10.00
Based on a bet of 0.25:
- Shark Sign Scatter Symbol: 1.25 for 3X, 5.00 for 4X, 25.00 for 5X
- Blonde Lady Blue Symbol: 0.20 for 2X, 1.00 for 3X, 5.00 for 4X, 50.00 for 5X
- Brunette Lady Purple Symbol: 0.15 for 2X, 0.75 for 3X, 2.50 for 4X, 25.00 for 5X
- Brunette Lady Green Symbol: 0.10 for 2X, 0.50 for 3X, 1.00 for 4X, 10.00 for 5X
- Surfboard Wild Symbol: 0.10 for 2X, 0.50 for 3X, 2.00 for 4X, 10.00 for 5X
- Sunglasses Symbol: 0.10 for 3X, 0.50 for 4X, 2.50 for 5X
- Beach Ball Symbol: 0.05 for 3X, 0.20 for 4X, 1.00 for 5X
- Flip-Flops Symbol: 0.03 for 3X, 0.10 for 4X, 0.50 for 5X
- A Symbol: 0.02 for 3X, 0.10 for 4X, 0.20 for 5X
- K Symbol: 0.02 for 3X, 0.10 for 4X, 0.20 for 5X
- Q Symbol: 0.02 for 3X, 0.10 for 4X, 0.20 for 5X
- J Symbol: 0.02 for 3X, 0.10 for 4X, 0.20 for 5X
Our Verdict on Golden Girls
Golden Girls is produced by software developer Booming Game and it’s a really fun slot to play. This game has everything you would look for in an online slot and more such as Free Spins, a Gamble Mode, and Multiplying Wilds which are highly rewarding whenever they are part of a win. It is quite pleasing to see that reel 4 is a Wild reel as this really helps increase your chances of landing a nice payout. I was able to trigger Free Spins on more than one occasion while playing this game and it’s great that you can retrigger more spins while in this feature. I found this game to be of Medium variance so you’ll find that wins are evenly balanced the more you spin the reels and with a top prize of 800X your bet to aim for, there is no excuse to play with these ladies right now!
Head to the beach and bag yourself a fortune in Golden Girls!