For a long time, CasinoWizard believed game studio Avatar UX solely created PopWins slots. Not that there is anything wrong with that. With the releases of DonKey & the GOATS and Nugget, the Hongkong-based provider proved they are perfectly capable of stepping out of their comfort zone. The game was created by a mysterious Mr Wu, which could be a partner studio or a new design team, we don’t know.
Nugget is a Wild West-themed online slot that comes packed with so many features and ways to win, it may feel cluttered and chaotic at first glance. We highly suggest you look past that first impression though, as Nugget is one kick-ass beast of a slot.
We are talking three “Pay Day” modifiers, up to 531,441 ways to win, free spins, multipliers, Bonus Buys and Gamble Features, the whole razzmatazz.
To top it all off, the max win is a juicy 25,000 times the stake.
Nugget has been released in one Return to Player configuration of 96%. AvatarUX has released slots in multiple RTP settings before, though, so we will keep an eye on this and report if anything changes on the payback front.
Gameplay and features
Set in a Western old-timey Saloon, Nugget is a win-all-ways high variance slot that is played on a 6-reels, 4-rows grid, plus an additional 6-position row of symbols on top (the Zap Reel). The number of ways to win varies per spin and can go up to 531,441.
The game has no less than 11 symbols, which are quite hard to make out at first. Whenever you make a winning combination, winning symbols are removed to make for new symbols. Betting starts at 0.20 and goes up to 100 per spin.
A “Payday” symbol may land at any time, rewarding you with powerful modifiers:
- Modifiers are active for 1-4 spins during the base and 1-5 spins during the free spins.
- HOTX Gunslinger – Gunslinger symbols (the top symbol) get a multiplier equal to the number of Gunslinger symbols on the reels. Should a Gunslinger symbol appear on the ZapReel, it adds an extra multiplier to the other multipliers.
- Mystery Symbols – a random number of symbols are turned into mystery symbols.
- Low Pay Removal – removes at least one low pay symbol from the reels.
Once per free spins round, the Gold Rush can be randomly triggered. During the Gold Rush, you are awarded extra free spins and more Gunslinger symbols. On top of that, the Payday symbols will hit more often than during regular spins. Should the HOTX Gunslinger reward be active, all Gunslinger symbols’ multipliers are doubled.
Free Spins and Gamble Feature
Landing at least 3 free spins scatters triggers the free spins bonus. You are then given a choice between the Take Wheel, which determines the number of free spins and starting ways to win, and the Gamble Wheel. With the Gamble Wheel, you can stake your free spins for upgrades.
Nugget Bonus Buy
The Bonus Buy option in Nugget is called Xpress and offers the following quick entry options:
- Ante Bet: pay 1.25x, 1.5x, or 2x the stake to double, triple, or quadruple the chance of triggering free spins for
- Dynamite Strike – guarantees the Payday for 10x the bet.
- Buy Bonus – 60x the stake for up to 9 free spins and up to 46,656 ways.
- Buy Bonus Plus – paying 120x the bet awards up to 10 free spins and up to 86,436 ways.
- Buy Bonus Premium – at a cost of 240x the bet, you get up to 12 free spins and up to 153,664 ways.
- Buy Bonus Ultra – 500x the bet gets you up to 14 free spins and up to 331,776 ways.
- Buy Bonus MAX – a very hefty 1,000x the bet awards up to 15 free spins and up to 531,441 ways.
- All Free Spins Bonus Buy may be gambled for more.
What is the max win on Nugget?
You can win up to 25,000x the stake on Nugget. AvatarUX has not released any information regarding the slot’s max win probability, but seeing the games’ highly volatile maths model, we don’t doubt for a second that reaching max win levels is entirely possible.
CasinoWizard’s verdict: 4 out of 5 stars
We love this slot. It’s unpredictable, fast-paced, entertaining, and volatile at the same time.
It’s great to see AvatarUX broadening its scope and releasing other-than-Popwins slots. Something they appear to be very good at, even if it has taken Mr Wu’s help.
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