Dolphin Gold Slot by Lightning Box
Although there are myriads of ocean-themed slots out there, Dolphin Gold Slot by Lightning Box manages to wow with a unique design, delightful gameplay, and refreshing graphics. The dolphin, a majestic creature of the sea often associated with luck in folklore, is the main character here. The backdrop of the reels is the undersea world teeming with diverse aquatic flora and fauna, and deep blue waters, which keeps you company with comforting underwater music playing in the background.
The slot layout and gameplay, however, are pretty much standard, but they are enhanced by the ocean theme and high-res graphics. With that said, Dolphin Gold is a 5 reel video slot with 4 rows populated by 40 paylines. Notable features include:
- Stacked Wild Gold Dolphins on Reels 2, 3, 4 & 5
- Free Spins
- Scattered Blue Dolphins
- 2x Multiplier
Themes & Graphics
The undersea world is an elegant and colourful place that is too tempting to resist, and we are certain every player will concur with us. Of course, the magnificent mammals of the sea are the superstar of this game, Dolphins are depicted as the lucky charms they are. The fascinating world under the ocean surface – the deep turquoise waters, the roaming shrimps, the aquatic plants, and other majestic creatures of the sea – is what Lightning Box used as the background image, and it definitely fits the bill. To top it off, there is soothing ocean music in the backdrop to keep you calm and nimble. High-quality aquatic graphics is what Lightning Box was gunning for here, and they did an amazing job on it.
Well, don’t get too caught up in the beauty of the underwater world as there are many Scatter dolphin, Wild dolphin, and Manta Ray symbols to be collected. The spritely Blue Dolphin is both the Scatter and the Wild symbol, meaning that it’s a high-paying symbol which when landed can trigger the Free Spins feature. Its cousin, the Gold Dolphin, is the Wild symbol which pops up only during free games. No matter what type of dolphin you land, you will get 2x or more multiplier so that you can create a more lucrative winning combo.
The undersea fun doesn’t stop with dolphins; other sea creatures, the Clownfish, the Sea Turtle, the Coral, and the Seahorse, are also used as high-value symbols. Just like most developers, Lightning Box decided to go with standard playing cards royals 9 through K for low-paying symbols. When playing, you will see lots of animated shrimps in the background; they don’t contribute anything to the payouts, but adds a little drama and oomph to the game.
The production quality, especially graphics, of the game is noteworthy, providing us with a theme that has been used over and over again yet refreshing enough to be unique. The whole setup is well-executed, and the thematic design shows that Lightning Box went all-in on this one.
The Dolphin Gold Slot by Lightning Box is not too different from most standard slots, except for the Free Games feature. Despite most of the features being a little cliché, the slot is surprisingly easy and fun to play. Offers like Scatters and stacked wilds with a chance to double winnings make this game worthwhile and rewarding for both seasoned and amateur players.
Free Spins: Hands down the most stand-out feature of Dolphin Gold Slot by Lightning Box is the Free Games feature which is triggered when a player lands 6 or more Blue Dolphins on the reels. In other words, when you land bonus or wild blue dolphin symbols on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th reel, you will earn free spins. And because they are stacked wilds, it is possible for a player to collect up to 12 wilds on the same spin. The number of free spins you get will depend on the number of wild symbols you land:
- 6 Blue Dolphin wild symbols will help you garner 3 free spins
- 7 Blue Dolphins will land you 6 free spins
- 8 Blue Dolphins will get you 9 free spins
- 9 Blue Dolphins will help you receive 12 free spins
- 10 Blue Dolphins will give you 15 free spins
- 11 Blue Dolphins will land you 18 free spins
- 12 Blue Dolphins will earn you 21 free spins
What’s more, the Gold Dolphin symbols often appear during the Free Spins feature and are added to reels 2, 3, 4 & 5. They serve as Wild symbols which help you get 2x your winnings. Interestingly, the Gold Dolphin can’t be a substitute for the blue dolphin, and the Free Game feature can also be re-triggered, helping players to rack up to 42 free spins.
Betting and Jackpots
As serene and beautiful as it might be, the undersea is a tricky place with danger lurking from left, right and centre, and in order to win big, you have to follow a few betting tips. Again, the Dolphin Gold by Lightning Box has five reels occupied by 40 fixed pay lines, with the minimum and max stakes being £0.01 and £80.00 per spin respectively. As a medium/high volatility slot, Dolphin Gold delivers over 360x and 390x your bet in the base-game and Free Game feature respectively. And with stacked wild Dolphin symbols, you can rake in more winnings per spin.
Like most slots, it pays from the left towards right starting with the extreme left reel, and the 3-of-a-king is considered the minimum landing payout. When the payout lands on the Manta Ray, however, you can expect to be paid for 2-of-a-kind.
Verdict: Dolphin Gold Slot by Lightning Box is definitely one of the best ocean-themed slot games. It’s visually appealing, the audio is superb, and the game is simple yet fun to play. With a 96.32% RTP, this is a must-try game for those who fancy underwater-themed slots.
24 May. 2018, by Ari Waknine