Golden Ox: Golden Cash Slot Machine
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There are those slot players that really enjoy Chinese-themed slots, and if you’re one of them, you will really like the newest release by Ainsworth, which is called Golden Ox: Golden Cash. But even if you’re not a fan of the theme, you will like the gameplay and the graphics in this slot, plus there is a nice betting range fitting for those who would like to try it at least.
Golden Ox: Golden Cash features a Wild, presented with the Fortune Cookie symbol, of course. The Wild symbol cannot pay you directly for combos with its own symbols but can help you in the formation of winning combos with other matching symbols that lack one more, since the Wild plays the role of the substitute in this slot. However, the Wild can only appear on the last four reels, so you better hope you manage to land it there.
There is also a Scatter symbol, presented with the Golden Ox. You will need to land at least 6 Golden Ox symbols in order to get 1x to 50x the stake payout and trigger 3 Re-Spins. If during the Re-Spins, you continue landing Scatters, they will continue resetting the Re-Spins. This means that during this feature, you can get the ultimate prize of $30,000.00, which is the Grand Jackpot prize. In fact, you can manage to hit this jackpot if you get the entire screen filled with Scattered Golden Ox symbols.
Another feature that you will come across in this slot is the Extra Bonus feature, which can appear at random. This feature will place a huge, mega-sized Scatter symbol on the three middle columns, and trigger 3 Re-Spins.
But, wait… Were you looking for Free Spins? Don’t worry, you can get up to 8 Free Spins in this game, as well. You will need to land 3 special Scattered Free Spins symbols in order to trigger them, though. During the Free Spins, you can hit one of the smaller jackpot prizes, either Mini or Major.
Theme & Design
Since this is a slot that features a Chinese treasure theme, you should expect a lot of gold-covered symbols. So you will have gold trees, firecrackers, fish, gold coins and gold peaches, as well as the Golden Ox as the main protagonist in the slot. You will also get playing card Royals, though, which is not something you want to see in a slot these days. There are far more creative ways to insert low-paying symbols that don’t necessarily have to be Royals.
Wagering & Paylines
If you’re a low-roller, you better skip this game, since the wagering starts at $1.00, and not at $0.10 as you’re used to. The betting doesn’t go that high, though, since the maximum bet you could place is $40.00. This is a rather weird betting range, considering there are 25 paylines, but still, it’s the developer’s right to decide on it.
Now, you can get a payout of 250x the stake for regular wins, but this number can go up in one round, so you shouldn’t get disappointed. There are also the 3 jackpots you could hit, the Grand Jackpot being the highest one and paying a fixed $30,000.00 payout. This is not bad at all since the maximum bet is $40.00. However, what's bad here and really typical for Ainsworth is the RTP. The RTP is simply horrible, 93.70%. This is not even near the average RTP you could get in other slots.
Golden Ox: Golden Cash is a slot that would appeal to Chinese-themed slot fans, however, it won’t appeal to high-rollers since there are no huge payouts here. The maximum you could get is a $30,000.00 payout, but this is if, and only if, you hit the Grand Jackpot. The graphics are great, that's true, but the RTP is really disappointing.