Where’s the Gold

Despite the fact that it has a traditional setting and is powered by the well-known Aristocrat software, Where's The Gold fails to deliver due to its restricted features and poor return to player (RTP).
Where's the Gold - Aristocrat - 5-Reels

Where’s the Gold – Despite the fact that it has a traditional setting and is powered by the well-known Aristocrat software, Where’s The Gold fails to deliver due to its restricted features and poor return to player (RTP).

Where’s the Gold RTP 94.921%

Slot functionSlot description
Slot Provider:Aristocrat
Slot date created:2003
Features:Configurable winlines, Free spins, Autoplay
Where’s the Gold themes:5-Reels
Available on:Mobile, Desktop
Win lines:25

Review of Where’s the Gold?

Theme and plot of the story

Apart from being the question that every slot player asks himself when they sit down at a machine, Where’s the Gold is a video slot from Aristocrat Gaming with a gold rush theme reminiscent of the old West. Covered wagons, pickaxes, dynamite, and yet another rendition of the traditional white-bearded, neckerchief-wearing old-timey prospector are all to be expected.

Despite the fact that it is a typical setting for slot machines for obvious reasons, it is always a pleasant one. After all, who doesn’t want to feel like an adventurous speculator in California roving the countryside in the hopes of stumbling across the deposit that will finally earn them their fortune?

Graphics, sounds, and animations are all included.

The symbols are fun little cartoon versions of gold rush staples (dynamite, mine entrances, covered wagons etc…) although they suffer from Aristocrats’ usual problem of being coloured almost entirely in the most garish and luminous colour schemes. On top of that, little attempt is taken to make the Ace to Nine symbols blend in with the rest of the symbols.

Despite the fact that the sound design is a touch impersonal, it does not interfere with the game’s flow and is thus quickly forgotten, and the animations are basic yet fluid and effective.

In terms of graphics, it is, on the whole, absolutely sufficient.


The game’s gameplay is a little underwhelming. Despite the fact that it is a five-reel, 25-payline slot machine, it does not include any of the features that you may anticipate.

From the simple act of pressing the button and seeing the reels roll, there is hardly nothing to differentiate the action. Because of the high volatility of the game, bonuses appear very seldom (see below), and the lack of special symbols or a gamble function may be a touch tedious for some players who are used to newer games with their large arrays of options.

Along with being overlong reel animations with no ability to speed them up or skip them, it also suffers from being too simple.

Consequently, playing Where’s The Gold is a rather sluggish experience due to the lack of pacing.

Wilds, bonuses, and free spins are all included in this game.

There is just one additional feature in the game, which is activated when you get three or more Scatter symbols anywhere on the screen.

In the bonus, you choose a character who will randomly award you up to 10 free spins and up to three symbols will be transformed into Golden Wilds, which may substitute for any symbol except the Scatter throughout the free spins round.

While in the free spins mode, you have the option to retrigger the feature for an extra 10 free spins.

In the default game, there are no Wild symbols to be found.

Bet sizes, return on investment (RTI), and variance

The game may have a high level of unpredictability, which may appeal to certain players, but with a return to player (RTP) of 94.92 percent, we are instantly put off from playing Where’s the Gold. We have a tendency to consider the industry average of 96 percent to be the bare minimum acceptable return. Where’s the Gold doesn’t do enough to distinguish itself in other ways, therefore this would be a deal-breaker for us if we were to consider it.

For example, if you just wanted to bet on one winline, the minimum bet was €/£/$0.01; if you wanted to bet on all 25 winlines, the minimum bet was €/£/$0.25. The highest wager per spin was €/£/$100.00, and the maximum bet per line was €/£/$4.00.


Where’s the Gold offers a great premise, but it falls short in delivering results. Even if the return on investment (RTI) were better, the game has so little going on that it would only attract to a small number of niche players.

It’s not bad, but it’s a little underwhelming.