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Chinese New Year is just around the corner, so you should already know that we will have a couple of new slots that celebrate this occasion. We will be taking a look at the one produced by Endorphina. 2021 is a year of Ox, more precisely, a year of the Metal Ox, one of the five elements. Those born under the sign of Ox are said to be dependable and determined, so perhaps these are some qualities that also a slot of Golden Ox will possess. No better way to find out than to give it a spin, right?

Ox brings strength and wealth. Today we are more interested in the latter. Golden Ox is a 5 reel slot which tries to bring out the luxurious atmosphere of this holiday. For Chinese, the new lunar year celebration is a really big deal. It’s a holiday full of joy and colours. These are elements that can set up a perfect slot. Of course, Golden Ox needs to prove itself in action, so without further ado, let’s get to it. 

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Golden Ox Slot Review

Provider
Endorphina
Game Layout
5 Reels x 4 Rows
Paylines
50
Volatility
Medium-High
RTP
96%
Max win
N/A
Bet Range
0.50 - 500
Bonus features
yes (1) Free Games
Release date
2nd of February 2021

Gameplay and Payouts

Golden Ox comes with more or less the traditional Chinese slot presentation. We got the classical oriental type of music, which is backed up by red and golden tones. In a way its quite basic, but altogether it creates a harmony of visuals and sounds, so can’t really complain. The layout has been extended by one row, so we are looking at a 5 x 3 set up. Golden Ox is played out on 50 fixed paylines. The yellow lines will indicate which specific combinations you have made.
golden ox symbol
Symbols, again, simple but good looking. 9-A will cover the low symbols, while 5 objects, such as cards, lotus, koi fish, lamp and fireworks have solidified themselves as high-value symbols. After a win, inclusive symbols will provide a little animation should. A small touch to the overall immersion. The Golden Ox itself is the Wild symbols of the game, substituting for all the regulars, besides the scatters, of course.  

RTP for Golden Ox by default is around 96%. But for your own convenience, take a look at the game info before you begin, as different operators have different settings. We’ll be transparent, the specific volatility setting and the max win potential hasn’t yet been published, so we had to do some extra testing to understand how the game functions. Hard to say, but volatility for Golden Ox seems to be somewhere between the medium and high setting. The wins are fairly frequent, although a lot of times the prize value is on the low side. Once you get to the bonus it’s a whole different story though. As usual, Endorphina provides a wide range of betting options. You can go as little as 0.50 or as high as 500 EUR/GBP.

Bonus Features

Golden Ox provides just one additional feature, which simply goes by the name of Free Games. To get 10 Free Games/Spins you will need to land 3 scatter symbols. Scatters appear on reels 1, 2 and 3 only, so no extra spins for scatters are possible. Although, 5 more spins can be gained by 3 additional scatters during the bonus phase. Golden Ox scatter symbols is the traditional golden coin with the empty square in the middle. During Free Games, every Wild symbol is sticky, meaning that each Wild symbol stays in its place until the bonus feature comes to an end. Golden Ox also lets you gamble your winnings up to 10 times, but we didn’t count this in as a separate feature, as the majority of slots come with this option.  

golden ox bonus game

Conclusion

We will have to live and see how the year of Ox goes. As for the slot, Golden Ox is a simple yet satisfying slot. It pretty much provides the textbook gambling experience with no new innovations or features. It follows a very basic slot model and there is nothing wrong with that. There is a large audience of players that like to keep their slot gaming as simple and understandable as possible, so with Chinese New Year coming around, it’s a great way to get into the spirit.


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