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With all of the geopolitical turmoil surrounding the exploration and extraction of oil, as well as its constantly-oscillating price, one often forgets that the journey for Black Gold has often been romanticized as well. It is this less serious, more epic tone that sets the theme for this great 30 payline, 5 reel game from Betsoft.
Like the other newer Betsoft games, Black Gold's presentation is great. The graphics and effects are simply unparalleled. Meanwhile, the symbols - which include various aspects of oil rigs and other friendly characters - set the tone of the game quite well. One aspect that of Black Gold that deserves special recognition is the music. The background melody seems to be just perfect for the theme of the game and, unlike many other slot tunes, it never seems to tire. The music that is activated during spins and after winning combinations is also outstanding. All in all, the presentation here is just about perfect.
Luckily, the gameplay in Black Gold is on par with the presentation. There are a number of very cool bonuses to benefit from here, including a Nighttime Free Spins bonus, a Drilling for Oil Click Me feature, and the Higher or Lower bonus round. This last one asks you to guess whether the amount of oil to be drilled will be higher or lower.
You do not need to know how to work an oil rig to enjoy this slot. Start by setting the credit level, number of paylines, and credit per line to make your bet as low as $.01 or as high as $75. Next, click on the "spin" button to activate the spinning of the reels. From here, it's all just a matter of luck. Cross your fingers and you might strike riches yourself. For a description of the bonus features, click on the "paytable" button.