Prepare for a big win reel hunt on the slot from STHLM Gaming. The Golden Chase comes in a “Imperial Noveau” style that conveys a bold feeling of bright colours and rich treasures. A Respins Unlock mechanic that increases the game window and provides the chance to earn Golden Features and trigger the free spins can lead to wins of up to 6,600 times your bet.
The Golden Chase is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 243 ways to win in default mode. This can increase to four rows and up to 1,024 ways by scoring consecutive wins. Pays are awarded for three to five matching symbols on adjacent reels from left to right only. You can go on a big win chase on desktop or mobile from 0.25 to 100 credits per spin. The game has medium to high volatility with an RTP of 96.27%.
A richly decorated ceiling of what seems to be a grand ballroom or royal hall is in the background of a golden ornamented game widow that appears in default mode with the fourth row covered by golden locks. The entire design literally screams “nouveau rich” with the gold stretching as far as the low-value pay symbols. A classical orchestra piece is the main audio and adds to the superior feeling of the game.
At the low end, you will find card royals from J through to A, awarding 1.2x to 2.4x your bet for a single five of a kind. They are followed by gold-ornamented 4-leave glovers, bells, horseshoes, 7s and diamonds. Hit five across the reels to win 4x to 40x times your stake. An intricate icon marked with the word itself is the wild symbol, appearing on reels two to five only and substituting for all pay symbols.
Central to the entire gameplay and key to hitting mega oe super mega wins is the Reel Unlock mechanic. It activates after you score a win on any spin in the base game and gradually opens up the game window from three rows and 243 ways to four rows and 1,024 ways to win. A free respin is awarded after the initial win evaluation and the symbol position on reel one for the fourth row is opening up, increasing the ways from 243 to 324. Score a win again to retrigger the respin and open up the extra symbol on reel two and raise the win ways to 432. The process repeats as long as you score a win on a respin, up to five times until the entire 5×4 game window with 1,024 ways to win has been unlocked. A no-win respin will reset the progress which will restart once you score a win again.
Additionally to opening up more ways to win, each step activates one Golden Feature on the display bar on top of the game window. They will come into play once you trigger the Golden Chase Free Spins, which happens after the fifth consecutive win and the full game window has been unlocked. The Golden Features are randomly selected every time you start activating them with each being shown in the display.
The game will award eight Golden Chase Free Spins when the feature is triggered plus any from the Golden Features. All activated extras will apply for the duration of the bonus round, which is played with the full 5×4 game window. They will be reset once the feature ends.
We have to admit, that STHLM Gaming has taken us a little by surprise. While most new game studios take the safe route and either do development work for bigger providers or produce some rather simple games first, STHLM went all in and graced us with a multi-layered, suspenseful and entertaining game that can lead to some serious mega wins. The Golden Chase is a fast-paced affair with high volatility and exhilarating moments when the reels opening up. The climax is always the bonus round as that has the biggest potential to lead to the maximum win.