It’s almost 40 years since his death but Elvis Presley remains enduringly popular. He stars in The Real King Gold Records, a 5 reel, 10 payline video slot powered by Novomatic. This sequel to The Real King Aloha Hawaii focuses on Vegas-era Elvis and comes with a free spins round complete with a special expanding symbol. Stakes start from 40p per spin.
The design in Gold Record is surprisingly understated – the plain black reels include lower value A to 9 playing cards which are done in the style of billboard lights. More in keeping with the theme are the blue suede shows and sunglasses which offer payouts of up to 75 times your stake. They’re joined by a pink Cadillac which pays up to 200 times your stake. Elvis himself is the most rewarding symbol. Awards of 1, 10, 100 or 500 times your stake are on offer if you land 2, 3, 4 or 5 in the same payline.
The gold record of the title serves a double role – it acts as the game’s wild and replaces all other symbols. It’s also the game’s scatter and is instrumental in triggering the game’s Free Games feature.
Land 3, 4 or 5 gold discs on the same spin and you’ll win an award equal to 2, 20 or 200 times your total bet – you’ll also receive 10 free spins. Before the round begins, 1 symbol is chosen at random. When this symbol hits during the free spins, it will expand and fill the whole of the reel or reels if it goes on to form part of a winning combination. The special symbol can pay out even if it lands on non-adjacent positions. More free spins are on offer if you land 3 or more gold discs on the same spin.
Like most video slots in the Novomatic catalogue, The Real King Gold Records is a pretty simple game. Expect some lean spells in the base game when little of note happens. Trigger the free spins and then land a high value expanding symbol and the coins can quickly rack up. We’d put the volatility here in the medium to high range.
The design is functional but at least we can recognise Elvis on the reels. This is a typical Novomatic game- it’s not dripping with extras or beautifully designed. It does offer the usual volatile action and a decent bonus round. Get lucky there and The Real King Gold Records could certainly leave you All Shook Up.