With a name like Stacks O’ Gold players will soon understand that iSoftBet have summoned up every ounce of true Irish luck to develop an online slots which is fast paced, good fun and presents a possibility to actually find treasure at the end of the rainbow! The reels nestle within a backdrop that depicts a rural scene where bronze, silver and gold coins sit alongside horse shoes, pints of stout and green top hats. The most rewarding of the standard symbols is the gold four-leaf clover which will reward players with x1, x2 or x10 times the stake if the player lands 3, 4 or 5 respectively.
This wild in this slot is the pot of gold and although this does not provide pay outs it can replace all the other symbols apart from the bonus when it lands. Technically there are just two main additional features on offer, but these make up for the lack of others.
Firstly, there is the free spins feature and when players land the Stacks O’ Gold bonus symbol on reels one, three and five they automatically get awarded 15 free spins, this is where the player needs to hope luck is on their side and they see wilds during their free spins. Every time a wild land it is collected up and stored in a meter, as soon as the player has six in the meter they are awarded two extra free spins and the first reel becomes a sticky wild and remains this way for the rest of the feature.
Players that carry on and can collect 10 more wilds will see that the third reel will also become sticky and two more free spins are awarded. And, then if there is anyone lucky enough to land yet another 10 wilds on the second, fourth or fifth reels, reel five becomes sticky and wild and another free spin is awarded. Collect another 10 wilds and reel 3 turns into a sticky wild reel too and another 2 free spins are added to your tally. If you’re lucky enough to find another 10 wilds on reels 2, 4 and 5, then reel 5 becomes wild (and sticky) and 1 more free spin is added to your total. This feature is called the Sticky Stacked Wilds Reels feature. Not forgetting that there are Special Golden Wilds which can be activated at random at the start of any free spin too. These can morph the whole of reels 1, 3 and 5 wild for the free spin that follows.
Many of the Irish-themed gameslots are overdone and unrealistic yet Stacks O’ Gold is more understated and really works the less is more concept perfectly. The visuals are glossy and well designed to provide an air of sophistication on the reels and this continues with the harp that plays serenely in the background.
Players do not have to worry though the sound and visuals may be serene and exquisite, but Stack O’ Gold is really rather volatile. Even though I played for a time and thought I would never get anywhere my fortunes changed and I land a run with sticky stacked wild reels in the free spin feature and the slot machines really lived up to its name as I walked away with 868 times my stake!