Black River Gold Slot Review – ELK Studios

ELK Studios was once a studio not in the spotlight in the casino community. The studio was a lot smaller and not known well in the casino community like today. The studio’s huge growth is thanks to their successful slot releases. Mainly the infamous Gold slot series, which started with ‘Ecuador Gold‘, released early 2019. This game was revolutionary at the time and gave us a new style of gameplay. The Gold series includes multiple games now including ‘Tahiti Gold‘, ‘Voodoo Gold‘ and a new addition announced. The next slot released by ELK Studios is titled ‘Black River Gold‘, set to release May 5th across all sites.

Main character Kane is back for his next adventure. The adventure is hard to tell within this game, but from the background, visuals could be north America. The background is full of tall white mountains, forests of trees and other small details. The visuals within this gold game are more simplified compared to others.

This game has a setup of 6 reels by 4-8 rows, this includes 4,096 – 262,144 ways to win. This game is high variance due to the set RTP of 96.1% and max win capped at 5,000x. You can bet from £0.10 – £100.

Black River Gold Symbols & Paytable

There are 15 symbols in total, this includes 8 low paying symbols. These are represented by J, Q, K, A, medals, sheriff badges, glasses of whiskey and guns. There are also 4 premium symbols, these are represented by blue crystals, gold nuggets, diamonds and Kane. In addition to these regular symbols is a wild compass, bonus symbol and wild symbol. Wild symbols substitute for all symbols except the bonus and compass symbol. Symbols can appear as Big Symbols, in multiple sizes 2×2, 3×3 or 4×4.

All symbols part of a win will explode and new symbols will fall into place. An additional row of symbols is added up to a max of 8 rows.

When symbols match across the wild compass they become wilds. When reaching the bottom row it becomes wild.

Black River Gold Features

Big symbols can absorb smaller symbols below, becoming a revolver. A revolver represents all symbols it has absorbed. A revolver becomes wild when it is full.

Central to Black River Gold is the ‘Free Spins‘ feature, triggered by landing 3 or more scatter symbols during one spin. 3 Scatters Award = 10 Free Spins, 4 Scatters Award = 15 Free Spins, 5 Scatters Award = 20 Free Spins and 6 Scatters Award = 25 Free Spins. During spins, all wilds collected are kept at the bottom of the reel set and sticky for this feature. Free Spins start with 4 rows as a safety level. This safety level will increase by 1 row for every new drop which results in a win. Every spin after is played at the current safety level.


Overall, I think ELK Studios has done a fantastic job creating this new installation of the Gold series. I love the interesting features and volatile free spins feature. Be sure to try the game for yourself and check out our exclusive casino offers.