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The wombat says: After all those Vampires, Zombie and horror-themed games that are out there like the Halloween Movie slot, NextGen bestows Golden Mane on us gamblers, a game which is all about … horses.
Fillies are maybe not such a crowd puller, methinks, but still, you never know, maybe there’s more equestrians out there then I’m giving them credit for. You know horses for courses, each to its own etc. Well, anyway let’s stop horsing around and focus on the game instead, shall we? Right, good, let’s jump to it you big Stallions.
Look and Feel
As we already established, Golden Mane’s theme is about horses. And therefore beautiful stallions and mares fill the reels. In the background there is a rolling hills landscape drenched in the light of a bright rising sun. Overall, the game has a golden, almost glossy look which gives off somewhat of a retro feel. It’s a long way from the likes of the Bermuda Mysteries slot machine– in a good way! How far this actually intentional is a completely different question, however.
Golden Mane Slot Game Play
Golden Mane slot has 5 reels, 3 rows and 10 paylines- quite a few less than other NextGen games like the Hot Roller slot, but then Golden mane is a high variance game.
The highest paying symbol is a noble white horse, followed by a gorgeous black stallion. Then there are a pristine mountain lake and a sturdy oak tree. The minor symbols are represented by the usual playing card symbols. The Wild icon is represented by game’s logo, a beautiful golden maned mare while the the bonus symbol Scatter is a lucky horse shoe (of course).
The base game all in all is a straightforward affair, without many surprises. And sound-effect wise this wombat was a bit disappointed, as there are no plodding hooves nor neighing mares – plenty of missed opportunities we’d say!
I can already hear you ask: ‘How about features, does it have any free spins?’ But of horse, my friends!
The good news is: you only need two scatters to activate the bonus game. The bad news is that this will give you only 2 free spins, so in most cases the pleasure will be bound to be short lived and not all overwhelmingly rewarding. Three symbol gives away 6 free spins, which also doesn’t seem to be overly impressive. But hold your horses! Golden Mane comes up with a couple of additional modifiers. Firstly, in each round a different symbols turns into a wild. In the first free spin round it’s the white horse, in the 2nd free spin it’s the black horse and so on. This is repeated for the first 4 free spin rounds. Also, the free spins can be re-triggered, giving you up to 12 free spins. So with some luck there is an entire mustang stampede of wins waiting for you here.
I have straight from the horse’s mouth that Golden Mane falls in the upper medium variance category. Hurrah! So you can expect less frequent, but more substantial wins. This game is also a bit of dark horse: In the beginning it seems to a half-baked with an equally weird retro theme. But once the game picks up some pace and speeds on to a full gallop, you’ll soon see this slot in a different light.