Golden Ticket Slot
Golden Ticket is a circus-themed 5-reel, 10-pay line online slots game from Play'n GO. We're going to call this an online slots game even though it is not a slot in the true sense of the word, although it's still a great game. There are five 'reels' but this is more of a 'tumbling blocks' game which you should be familiar with if you've ever played 'Gonzo's Quest'. Each time you hit the 'start' button five blocks will tumble down into each of the five positions – twenty-five blocks in all. To score a win, you need to land three identical symbols in a row anywhere on the grid – either horizontally, diagonally or vertically.
When you do land a win several things happen. Firstly, the central block will turn into a 'Golden Ticket' wild. The outer two blocks will disappear and the blocks above them will tumble down to replace them (no new blocks appear from the top of the screen though). Because of the shift in position, new wins may be triggered. Your winning lines appear in a column to the left of the screen, and each time you complete a new winning line, a multiplier above this column increases by one, mutliplying your pay out accordingly.
All the symbols are circus-themed with clowns, strong men, ring masters, juggling clubs, top hats and dumbbells. You can bet one of five values: 0.20, 1.00, 2.00, 10.00 or 40.00. When you're ready to enter the big top, hit the 'start' button.
Payout & bonus rounds
If you play for 1.00 per 'spin', then the lowest winning pay out is for three top hats or dumbbells (both mixed) at 0.15. The top prize is for a row of five golden ticket symbols, at 500. You also receive 1,000 if you clear the whole grid. If you play using other values your wins are proportionally reduced or increased as appropriate.
The 'Golden Ticket' symbol is wild in this game, and substitutes for all other symbols. Wilds are only created via winning lines.
For each grid, the word 'BONUS' may appear behind one or more of the columns. If you manage to clear the column and reveal the word 'BONUS' in full then you are through to the bonus game. You get ten rounds on a 'shooting gallery' style screen, with plenty of new symbols. If you land five or more of the same symbol, then you're a winner! If you land five or more 'Bonus' symbols then you win an additional twenty rounds.
This is a superb effort by Play'n GO. The game begins with a short intro video, and the graphics and animation of the main game are both top notch. We like the tumbling blocks idea, but we would have preferred it if blocks came in from above as replacements for any that disappear. Also, the bonus game is very tame, as the winning symbols disappear but then nothing else happens. These are just slight quibbles though that should not detract from what is a very decent offering from Play'n GO.