Grab your pickaxe and shovel and get ready for some action with Cash Mine, the online slot from Skywind. Set deep in the deep south, you can count on some locals to lend a hand as you get stuck into the reels to try and dig out some prizes. And there’s a substantial amount up for grabs, with a top payout of x5000.
Mining games are a common theme, and you'll find many studios have dipped their toes into the rocky waters. Other titles include Dynamite Digger, Mining Fever, Bonanza and Black Gold, to name just a few of those which are out there. Skywind has an impressive catalogue of games that spans just about every genre you can think of - and maybe a few more - but they've never headed down a mine shaft before, but there's a first time for everything!
You'll be playing on a 5x3 board that includes ten fixed paylines. The betting starts at 0.10 and stretches up to 300.00, a generous max bet which will be popular with the big money hunters. However, volatility is cranked up to the max, so you'll need to have a healthy balance to wait for the big prizes to strike.
The play starts outside the mine as you start chipping away at the reels before you head underground. You'll only venture down the mine shaft if you land the bonus, but it's clear exactly where you are from the start. And just for good measure, there's a twangy country soundtrack encouraging you to keep spinning even though a payout might be hard to land.
On the paytable, the low pays are made up of the usual playing card royals, carved out of cracked grey rock. The high pays include a pickaxe, a lantern, some dynamite and a miner's helmet - all useful paraphernalia for heading underground.
Wilds are expanding, so they'll fill the whole reel every time they land, giving you maximum opportunities to match a line.
You may have spotted a companion on the reels; a red-bearded fellow with just the one tooth. This local lad is here to help and represents the collect symbol. If you land him on the reels alongside any of the cash symbols, he’ll scurry to pick them all up, giving you the prize. There are three different types of cash symbols, some more valuable than others.
There are scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5. You'll open up the free spins bonus round if you land three in a single spin. You'll be given eight free spins to start, and your goal will be landing money symbols. Every time one lands, the symbols will lock into position, and the remaining board positions re-spun once. A collector may appear on the board at any time; he has the same function as in the base game.
Above the reels, there is a meter and every time a collector lands, it will be added. Reach four collectors, and you'll receive eight free spins plus the money symbols increase by a value between 1 and 10. Once you reach eight collectors, multipliers between x2 and x25 are applied to the value on the cash symbols to increase their value even further.
Cash Mine from Skywind has a contemporary design and graphics which will appeal to many players. The money collection feature is a real crowd-pleaser and can help to bump up winnings. The only disappointment here is that there’s not much else to supplement this feature, leaving play feeling a little flat and missing a bit of creativity. But if you don’t mind a game that’s a bit repetitive, Cash Mine will certainly deliver all that it promises.