In the bowels of the earth, deep under the mountain, at the end of a vast, cavernous maze, hides the Goblin. The Goblin holds in his cave vast riches, but his loneliness has driven him to seek company, making him playful and prone to gambling, and causing him to build a huge, crank operated gambling machine. Will you be able to win the game and leave the cave with a huge fortune? Give the gears a spin, test your luck, and you too could get a huge prize from the Goblin's cave.
Like other 9 block slot machine games such as Chinese Kitchen and Gold Rally, "Goblin's cave" is a none-standard slot machine game, played on a 3x3 board. The game features original art based on classic European tales of goblins and their treasure hoarding habits. The art serves as an appropriate base for the game, which offers deep thinking and great rewards for those who'll do well in it.
"Goblin's cave" is a none-standard 3 reel, 3 line slot machine game that uses a unique holding mechanism to let you customize your spins (Which will be described in more detail later in this review). The game is played on a 3x3 board made of spin-able tiles. When they spin, they create a random set of 9 symbols. The player is betting against the Goblin that a spin will create a matching set across any of the three horizontal lines – whenever this happens, you win a prize based on your bet as denoted in advance in the paytable, and multiplied by your line bet amount.
The lines are each independent, and you can win any and all of them with each spin – but you are also betting on all of them. Each spin bets on all lines, and your total bet is three times the line bet.
The most unique mechanic of the game is the "Hold". At the start of each round, only the bottom line will spin, dealing you a set of optional symbols. Each of those symbols can be locked into place by clicking the HOLD button. When you click it, you'll lock that symbol for the whole row, making sure that each line contains that symbol. This allows you to increase the chance that a certain combination will happen, but makes it certain that other combinations not including that symbol will not appear. Choosing which symbols to lock into place and when is the main skill used in this game – good players will know when to hold what symbol and when to let it go, and use that knowledge to win huge prizes from this game.
To give you a greater chance for victory, the game features a bonus screen. Whenever a line shows three lanterns, you get to shine a light into the shadowy recesses of the Goblin's cave, where he hides his treasure chests. In the hidden cave, you get to choose one chest and keep its contents! Each chest holds a different amount of prize money, so choose wisely.
How to play
Playing "Goblin's Cave" is as easy as lifting a lantern. The bottom of the screen allows you to control the game:
- Value -/+: Sets the coin value.
- Paytable: Shows the paytable.
- Bet one: Add a coin to the bet, to a maximum of five, or reset the amount of coins to one if at five.
- Bet max: Bet on five coins and spin the reels immediately.
- SPIN!: Click once to spin the bottom line. Once you've locked in the symbols you want to keep, click it a second time to have the entire board randomize.
- Hold: Use these three buttons to lock any of the symbols from the starting spin into place.
Tips from the pros
Playing "Goblin's Cave" might seem easy, but it involves a lot of complex statistical analysis. You need to consider which symbols to lock and which not to.
For instance, three goblin coin symbols pay back the line bet without multiplying it, so a whole board of coins simply gives you your money back and essentially nullifies the round. This means that locking in one or two coins can only lead to a loss – if you win less than three lines, you've still lost on the third and the win doesn't mean anything, and even when you win all three lines you've won nothing – you only came out even. This analysis means you should never lock goblin coin symbols.
You should do a similar analysis for each of the symbols and use that analysis to decide which symbols to lock in and which symbols to spin again. Use this information to pull ahead and come out a winner!