Golden Chief is a 5 reel, 4 row, 10 to 100 payline slot from Barcrest that can be played on desktop, mobile and tablet devices from 10p to £500 per spin. If playing at £2 or less a spin, you will play with 10 paylines – it increases to 20 paylines if playing at £2 or more per spin. With a Native American theme, it benefits from expanding wilds that increase the number of paylines, symbol upgrades, cash prizes, free spins, heap wilds and a big bet option.

Visually, Golden Chief is set against a flurry of light at sunset – you will see shadows of tee pees and rock formations. Symbols on the reels include Native American style playing cards (A, K, Q, J and 10) as well as totems, bears, squaws and chiefs. There’s also a wild symbol which replaces all other symbols bar the scatter – it’s the highest value symbol giving you 25 times your stake for 5 across a payline.

When it comes to bonus features, there’s plenty to get stuck into with Golden Chief. Look out for the Golden Bonus symbol as this is the scatter – 3 or more is what you need as this will award the Bonus Wheel which can give you access to 3 bonus features.

You have the Cash Canyon feature which sees you move along a canyon trail. The further along the path you make it, the bigger the rewards on offer. The maximum you can win is 500 times your total stake. If you triggered the Bonus Wheel with 4 scatters, the rewards will be bigger.

The Totem Riches feature sees you climb the totem poles to win stake multipliers – you choose from 3 totem poles which each win greater than the previous win. You can win up to 500 times your stake again. Like with the Cash Canyon feature, you can win more easily if you get 4 scatters as you get an extra life.

Lastly, you have the Free Spins feature which gives you 5 free spins for 3 scatters or 10 free spins for 4 scatters. During the base game, you can also trigger the Free Spins feature directly – 1, 2, 5 or 10 free spins are awarded for 1, 2, 3 or 4 Golden Bonus symbols anywhere on the reels. If you manage to get 5 of them, you will win the 500 times stake jackpot.

Furthermore, the chief symbol acts like a Heap Wild – when it appears, it will expand to full height and expand up to 5 reels wide! If you’re playing at less than £2 per spin, the number of paylines increases from 10 to 50. If playing at over £2 a spin, the number of paylines increases from 20 to 100!

As with a lot of Barcrest slots, you have the Big Bet feature which is a series of 5 linked spins – you can play for £20, £30 or £50. With the £20 option, you have increased rewards as the symbol values double (the chief will give you 50 times your stake rather than 25 for 5 on a payline). You will also benefit from double height scatter symbols.

With the £30 option, you also get increased rewards and double height scatter symbols. However, you will also benefit from the Expanding Wilds feature – expanding wilds that remain throughout the feature and increase the number of paylines (50 for playing at £1 or less or 100 for playing at £1 or more).

You can also benefit from the Mystery Symbol Upgrade feature where all instances of 1 symbol upgrade to a higher value symbol for bigger wins. In the £50 option, you get all the above from the £30 option but you play with a total of 100 paylines throughout. Finally, you can trigger the Free Spins feature by getting Golden Bonus symbols in view.

All in all, Golden Chief is a lot simpler than it appears – it has the potential to pay out 500 times your stake on each spin/free spin or in the Totem Riches and Cash Canyon features. It looks great and can be very lucrative due to the Heap Wilds in the Free Spins feature. Overall, a superb slot from Barcrest. If you like the theme, Thunderkick’s Turning Totems is recommended.