Golden Ticket Slot

By Playn GO

Golden Ticket Basic info

Game provider Playn GO

Release Date 10/2014

RTP 96.73%

Game Technology HTML5

Popularity High

Min bet $0.20

Max bet $100

Max Win bet x 20578

Gamble Feature RTP, Bonus game or special game, Non standard reels, Bonus symbols, Cascading reels

Layout 5x5

Devices Desktop, Mobile

Configurable Winlines No

Volatility Medium

Progressive Jackpot No

Golden Ticket takes place at a crazy carnival where different characters watch as we try bringing out our own tricks and acrobatics to get some big wins!

This slot was originally created by Play ‘n GO and released in 2014. It’s kept up amazingly well over the years, with a large assortment of unique symbols, animated backgrounds, a special bonus game and more. Where most Play ‘n GO fall into the mediocre level for me, Golden Ticket went above and beyond.

There are not many games I would compare it to, both because of the high level of detail and the unique playing field of 5-reels, 5-rows and no standard paylines. One that definitely springs to mind is NetEnt’s Lost Relics which has a similar playing field as well as a high attention to detail. Meanwhile, Fortune Teller is another Play ‘n GO slot set at the carnival.

The game looks incredible. In the background, we see the carnival tent as well as the bonus game. On the side of the reels is an animated circus character that changes over time, like a strongman or the ringmaster, overseeing us. All the symbols in the game are unique and the characters are lightly animated. It conveys a lot of movement and energy in the slot which really helps bring it to life.

The sound design is on the same level as the visual aspect, with typical carnival sounds. You’ll hear the different attractions play and the murmur of the crowd. Meanwhile, the organ music plays all the time, both during the base and the bonus game. It adds a lot to the total experience to hear the sounds you’d expect from a carnival.

Golden Ticket Highlights

  • RTP: With the RTP of 96.73%, Golden Ticket is great for wagering your bonus.
  • Bonus game or special game: Golden Ticket has a separate bonus feature.
  • Non standard reels: Non-standard layout can feature varying reels/rows or a different winning mechanism.
  • Bonus symbols: Collect bonus symbols to launch the bonus round.
  • Cascading reels: Cascading reels explode the winning symbols and drop down more to fill the gaps.


The playing field is made up of several unique symbols. Some of them are characters that can appear on the right side of the screen, others are based on items we might associate with the carnival.

From highest to lowest they are:

  • Golden Ticket (Wild): Substitutes all other symbols. Max. 25,000 coins with five-of-a-kind in a row.
  • Ringmaster: Max. 25x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a row.
  • Strongman: Max. 15x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a row.
  • Clown: Max. 15x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a row.
  • Hat & Whip: Max. 10x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a row.
  • Hat: Max. 10x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a row.
  • Two Weights: Max. 7,5x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a row.
  • One Weight: Max. 7,5x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a row.
  • Juggling Pins: Max. 5x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a row.
  • Hat plus Hat & Whip: Max. 2,5x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a row.
  • Two Weights plus One Weight: Max. 2,5x your bet with five-of-a-kind in a row.

As you can tell, there is some mixing and matching possible with these symbols, specifically the different Hat symbols and the different Weight symbols.

The Bonus Game puts us in front of a shooting gallery which has a completely new set of symbols. The goal is to get at least five-of-a-kind on screen for a win, but there can be as many 10 on the screen at the same time.

Golden Ticket Slot Bonus Feature

These symbols are:

  • Bonus: Get 5 or more Bonus symbols on the same screen and earn additional bonus rounds.
  • Clown: Max. 175x your bet with ten-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Lion: Max. 150x your bet with ten-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Elephant: Max. 120x your bet with ten-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Star: Max. 100x your bet with ten-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Cupcake: Max. 90x your bet with ten-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Bullseye: Max. 75x your bet with ten-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Duck: Max. 75x your bet with ten-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Air Balloon: Max. 75x your bet with ten-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Drum: Max. 75x your bet with ten-of-a-kind on the screen.
  • Balloons: Max. 75x your bet with ten-of-a-kind on the screen.

These are also wonderfully drawn, even though they only appear in the bonus game and only for a few seconds. It still shows how much attention Play ‘n GO put into this slot.


Golden Ticket has a couple of special features that create a rather unique playing experience. The most obvious one is the non-standard playing field of 5-reels and 5-rows. The other features are:

  • Wilds: During the base game, whenever there is a winning payline, this creates a Wild in the middle of the win. The Wild substitutes all other symbols and disappears after being part of a win.
  • Avalanche Re-Spins: Whenever a win is achieved, the involved symbols disappear and cause the remaining symbols to drop down, possibly creating new wins. No new symbols are added to the screen.
  • Multiplier: With every drop of the symbols, new wins will increase the multiplier by 1.
  • Bonus Game: When a reel in the base game is cleared of symbols with the word BONUS behind it, this will activate the bonus game. During the bonus game, 5 or more of the same symbol will trigger a win. The bonus game starts with 10 free spins but more can be added.

The base game has a few unique aspects that I haven’t seen in other slots. There are no strict paylines but where other slots with a 5×5 playing fieldwork with clusters, Golden Ticket still requires you to get 3 symbols in a row. This can be either vertically or horizontally. They can’t be more than 3, but the game will count them as two separate paylines of 3 when they are longer. The only way to get a payline of 4 or 5 is with the inclusion of Wilds.

Golden Ticket Slot Wild Feature

Wilds only appear when there is a winning ‘payline’. The symbols disappear and the Wild is dropped in the middle before the remaining symbols drop down. When this creates a winning payline it will add a new Wild, and so on.

The bonus game appears when 1 reel is fully cleared of symbols and the word BONUS is shown vertically behind it. When that happens, the bonus game starts with 10 free spins. It will place you in front of a shooting gallery where different symbols are shot if there’s 5 or more of them.

You won’t actually be able to do anything during this part, which I thought was a bit of a shame. On the other hand, 10 bonus rounds would be quite a lot of clicking if the player was required to pick all the symbols.


Golden Ticket is one of the best Play ‘n GO slots they have released and in my opinion one of the better slots in general. It has a lot of what I look for in a game, from animated characters to a fitting soundtrack, a special bonus game and a unique gameplay mechanic.

I spent a lot of times just soaking in the atmosphere, enjoying the music and watching the game play itself. The pace is quite high and the Medium Volatility meant it would supply me with a steady stream of wins. The bonus game didn’t trigger extremely often but more than I expected.

It’s possible to bet between $0.20 and $100 per spin which means the wins can be as big or as small as you’d like. Meanwhile, the prospect of a max. win of 20,578x your bet meant that there was something to aim for!

All in all, Golden Ticket was and still remains high on my best-of list, and I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who even slightly likes non-standard slots. It stays close enough to the base experience to stay fun while adding enough new elements to keep it fresh.


In what languages can I play Golden Ticket slot?

You can play Golden Ticket in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 30 other languages.

What currencies Golden Ticket slot supports?

Golden Ticket supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD.

What are the main themes of Golden Ticket slot?

The main themes of Golden Ticket slot are winning and jackpots.

How volatile is Golden Ticket slot?

Golden Ticket is a highly volatile slot. This means that it can be very difficult to win, but when you do it can be very rewarding.

Leticia Miranda

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