“Playboy Gold” is a new online slot game released by Microgaming, a software development company based on the Isle of Man, one of the leading providers in the industry of digital casino games. The game is released under an exclusive license by Triple Edge Studios.
This year, Microgaming plans to introduce several independent studios that are going to provide exclusive content for them, and Triple Edge Studios is the first on the list. According to Microgaming, the Triple Edge team includes specialists who have even worked for NASA. The studio has been introduced at ICE Totally Gaming 2018, and the launch of the “Playboy Gold” slot has been officially announced on the first day of the event.
All things considered, “Playboy Gold” appears to be a truly outstanding product, a veritable golden ingot in the world of online slots.
The new slot is Microgaming’s third Playboy-themed game. The licensing partnership between Microgaming and Playboy started in 2013, when the first branded Live Dealer studio in the world was launched. Soon after that the Playboy online slot was launched, followed by the Multiplayer Playboy slot release in 2014. Now, four years later, the company once again takes up the playful bunny theme, promising “one of the most exciting gaming experiences for players”.
Apparently, Microgaming and Playboy, both of them giants in their respective industries, have high hopes for the brand-new game. According to Valerie Golson, Playboy's Senior Vice President of Gaming and Location Based Entertainment, “For decades, gaming has been one of the most popular and iconic parts of Playboy Lifestyle. From our successful Playboy Clubs and Casinos and land-based games to our VIP player events and our online gaming properties, Playboy's unique and exciting take on the world of gaming have been some of the most successful in the industry.”
David Reynolds, Games Publisher at Microgaming, stated that “To work with Playboy again has been a real pleasure.“
“Playboy Gold” is a 6-reel, 10-row slot with 100 paylines (fixed), optimized both for desktop and mobile devices. The betting ranges from the minimum bet of $0.50 to as much as $500, and the maximum jackpot you can win is $50 000. This luxurious slot can pay up to 100x your bet, with a single massive payout, or through multiple bonus features. The Playmate hosts Audrey Allen and Raquel Pomplun will accompany you as you work through the glamorous black and gold reel spins, all the way to the big win.
The symbols flickering on the reels are the basic set of hearts, clubs, spades, and diamonds, gold and silver Playboy chips, and, of course, four beautiful women (“Stephanie”, “Hiromi”, “Gia”, and “Carly”) dressed in the iconic black and white bunny costumes, complete with white cuffs and velvety bunny ears. The game’s special features include the Jumbo Block, Instant Credit Prize, Wheel Bonus, Match Bonus, and Free Spins.
Jumbo Block gets triggered when a huge symbol appears on multiple reels. Once the enormous thing lands, the four central reels begin spinning together in sync. If the Jumbo Block fully lands on the reels, it activates one of the three bonus features: Instant Cash Prize, Multiplier, or Wild Respins.
Instant Cash Prize, obviously, rewards you with a cash bonus of up to 30x the bet. The Multiplier increases your win up to 5x all the line wins.
If you hit the Wild Respins, the Jumbo Block symbol grows even more, becoming a 4x10 block and takes over the central reels. Reels 1 and 6 are replaced with the reels that contain only Wilds (a golden ingot with “Palyboy” stamped on it). Any Wild symbols that land on the first and the sixth reel get stuck there for the duration of the Respins game and can substitute any other symbol except for the Wheel Bonus one. The line wins are evaluated at the end of the last respin.
Wheel Bonus is triggered by three scattered Wheel symbols (a golden Playboy chip). A Wheel of Fortune then appears on the screen (and a beautiful Red Bunny with a provocative smile, for extra inspiration). You can spin it once and get a cash prize that varies from 20x to 100x your bet. If the Wheel spins particularly well, it can also award you with the free spins, or trigger the Match Bonus feature.
You can only access the Free Spins if you spin the Wheel. There are ten free spins to be had, and that number cannot be increased. However, this seeming deficiency is remedied by the Jumbo Block landing on every single one of these free spins, and the Wild symbols will appear on the first and the sixth reel to increase your win.
When the spinning Wheel gives up its special Match symbol, you are immediately taken to the card table. All you need to do is pick the golden Playboy cards until you uncover a matching pair. There is a cash prize linked to each of the 6 matching pairs that you can pick. If you’re lucky to get the pair on the second pick, you are awarded all the six cash prizes at once. After your 2nd pick, the multiplier will be increasing from 2x to 10x for every selection you make.
“Playboy Gold” is as glamorous as a slot can get. It is incredibly stylish: the interface all velvety blacks and shimmering gold, playful, promising, but never bordering on vulgar. Unlike the first Microgaming’s “Playboy” slot that chose to style its reels with the stylized digital drawings, in the new slot, you can see the actual photos of the playmates, which adds a touch of intimacy to the game.
The slot is full of thrilling (and profitable) features. Although the layout may seem somewhat unconventional at the beginning, the dynamic gameplay and all the wonderful opportunities it offers will soon have you immersed in the bet-spin-win process, and the potential prize is big enough to make you forget about everything but the multicolored bunnies flashing on the reels.
Words: Jelena Schmidt