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You’ll be forgiven to think that Golden Caravan looks more like a tale from 1001 Nights rather than the adventures of a 13th century merchant. The theme might indeed be a bit of a stretch here, but then again, this is a slot machine, so who cares? It’s as beautiful as you would expect a Play’n GO slot to be and comes with a funny little oriental sounding background tune.
The symbols show an oasis, a treasure chest, an Asian looking guy (perhaps a merchant) and perhaps Marco Polo himself as the wild. You also have generic card symbols, which have a bit of an Arabic flourish to them. Golden Caravan is a slot that reminds you to be cautious with your budget. The base game doesn’t deliver much thrill, though the occasional 5 of a kind win is always welcome. What you’ll be looking out for is the camel scatter.
The free spins are triggered when you spin the camel scatter onto reels 1, 3 and 5. This can take you 200 spins to achieve, but at a pinch it’s possible to get that in less than 50 spins. It’s just a matter of luck and whether the random number generator favours you that day or not.
Since the slot is definitely all about the free spin feature, you really want to budget carefully so you actually get there. It requires patience, granted, but you’ll find it a worthwhile wait. Initially you’ll start off with 10 free spins and a 2x multiplier to all wins. On top of that the camel scatter will act as an additional wild and when you get 3 of them on the reels again, you’ll reset the free spins to 10. When that happens on your last free spin, it’s especially rewarding, because you get another 10.
But even that’s not the end of it. Your multiplier increases by 1x, now giving you 3x on all wins. The next 3 camel scatters will reset the free spins yet again and your multiplier will be raised to 4x. It goes up to 5x and in theory you could keep resetting the free spin counter.
In reality you’ll rarely see more than the 4x multiplier, just as you’re unlikely to play more than 30 free spins. But that’s more than enough, because you’ll have made up your losses and then some.
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Golden Caravan’s theme may not necessarily be very authentic when it comes to Marco Polo, but that’s really only a minor gripe here. The free spin bonus is full of excitement for an online slot and will get you at least most of the riches you’ve been waiting for.
The long stretches of desert sands will wear you out, however. And whenever you get two camels without the third making an appearance as well, you’ll feel as disappointed as the thirsty traveller encountering a fata morgana. Hang in there, though, you’ll get your free spins eventually.