In 2017, China celebrated the Year of the Rooster, and Aussie online slots sensations, NextGen Gaming created a slot called Golden in its honour.

Golden is a five-reel slot with a fun farmyard theme, and its star – a Golden Rooster – could help you get (c)lucky by acting as the wild symbol to make winning combinations, and it can also trigger the free spins bonus. The game offers you 243 ways to win on every spin using symbols such as Chinese coins, chicken coops, baby chicks, and playing card symbols. The slot's RTP is also remarkably high at 97.222%, so if you're looking for a game which offers good returns,  Golden's got to be worth a spin, particularly when you can play it with as little as 25p a go.

More about the Software Provider

NextGen Gaming is an Australian online gaming company which was established in Sydney in 1999. NextGen stands for Next Generation, and suffice to say, the brand takes full advantage of all the latest technological advances to ensure that its slots are mobile-friendly and packed full of dazzling graphics and innovative special features. Some of the most exciting slots to have left the NextGen Gaming production line in recent years are Prosperity Twin, Glorious Empire, 300 Shields, and Doctor Love on Vacation.

Appearance and Sound Effects

Golden takes you to the American mid-West to a farm that's blessed with warm autumn sunshine. A jaunty country music soundtrack conjures up images of ploughing fields and harvesting crops under the Kansas sun before sitting back on your front porch to enjoy a refreshing glass of real lemonade.

It's only when you start to look more closely at the reels that the Chinese Year of the Rooster theme becomes more obvious. The reels are housed within the back of a hay cart which is constructed from red bamboo screens, and the words "243 Ways" appear down the left-hand side in oriental-style writing.

The paytable symbols return to the farmyard theme, and include a rooster, a white chicken, a henhouse, a compass, Chinese coins, eggs with feet, and a baby chick, plus there are six playing card symbols with nails sticking out of them.

Bonuses and Special Features

The Rooster is the wild symbol and can also act as a scatter symbol. He only appears on Reels 2, 3, and 4, and can substitute for all paytable symbols to help boost your chances of winning. The scatter is the Chinese coin which also only ever appears on the middle three reels. When three or more Roosters, Coins or a combination of both land across the reels, you gain entry to the Free Spins Bonus where ten free games await you.

In the Free Spins Bonus, the Rooster and Gold symbol merge together to create a Golden Rooster that is two symbols high. This symbol acts as the scatter and wild for the duration of the feature, and can help you retrigger the bonus to get ten additional free spins.


Golden uses five reels, three rows of symbols, and 243 paylines, and has a very generous RTP (Return to Player Rate) of 97.222%.

Mobile Compatibility

The game is designed to work with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, and includes mobile-friendly game controls when played on mobile devices.

Our Verdict

Golden is a good-looking game with a light-hearted theme and fast-paced gameplay. The subtle Chinese influences make it quite unique, and as well as giving you 243 ways to win, you can get chasing 5x multipliers (N.B., 5 is a lucky number in China) in the free spins bonus. If you want something to crow about, it's time to visit the farm!