California was once considered the only central place for mining gold and it has a lot of history associated with it. There are still remnants of gold mines today but in this California Gold slots game the mines are from way back when and the accompanying symbols that include carts,dynamite, lanterns, hacks and more are from the same era when nothing was automated and everyone had to work with their hands and their own energy. There are five reels and twenty five paylines in this game that includes a wild symbol, a scatter, free spins and a special bonus game. Players are able to try out this game in advance of placing real money bets and when ready to place bets, the player has a choice of coin sizes from $0.01 up to $10.
The miner who only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 is the wild symbol and he can substitute for other symbols on the screen to complete a winning payline. If the miner appears on all three reels at the same time the player is taken to the bonus game. In the bonus game hte player is asked to choose a mine and then sees the miner sweeping his way through the mine trying to collect gold nuggets on his way. The miner grabs up to 5 nuggets and at the end of his journey through the mine these nuggets are weight and the bonus cash payout is calculated based on the weight of these nuggets.
The gold nugget is the scatter symbol that awards players with multiplying payouts and is the key to free spins. Five of the nuggets on screen award players 100x the coin bet placed, four award players 15x the coin bet placed, three award players 5x the coin bet placed and two award players 2x the coin bet placed. The player also receives 10 free spins with a 3x multiplier if three or more of the nuggets appear anywhere on the screen. The free spins can be triggered again but the bonus miner game cannot be triggered during the free spins. Mining gold is one of the best ways to win some cash when playing California Gold slots.