Golden Mane Slot Machine
Golden Mane is a game about horse riding and about the freedom that such an activity might give you. The horse riding I’m mentioning here is not related to any horse racing, the slot appearing to rely mostly on images of wild horses, which run on green rolling hills and enjoy the warmth of the sun. The release is available via NextGen Gaming, at any of the many casinos which have their games on offer.
For Golden Mane, the setup involved gets 5 reels and 10 lines fixed on them. You will have rewards of $15,000 to go after, while as features the game places on the reels scatters or wilds, bringing you free games or a Scatter Run random feature.
Betting and Prizes
You might have 10 active lines, but your wagers will always have 15 coins in them, meaning that you always spend extra in your games. You have control only over the amount that will be used on each active line, so you will spend between $0.01 and $10 in each case. With the 15 coins that are in use, the wager’s range is between $0.15 and $150.
For the prize, you have a payout of 1,500 coins that the game can send your way, with the value getting to $15,000 in the base case scenario. The slot has an excellent theoretical RTP, of 96.963%, which recommends this game no matter how you feel about its theme or features.
Golden Mane Slot Features
Golden Mane, or the horse that sports a mane of this color, is shown in the Wild symbol. The features in this game are not very elaborate, and so the wild symbol doesn’t do anything different compared with other slots. You can use between two and five such wilds in their own combination, with the maximum number providing you the jackpot of the slot, of 1,500 coins. Most of the time though, the wild will just be your typical substitute and you will use it only in the regular combinations that you form.
Moving on to the scatter, there is a Horseshoe symbol shown behind the Bonus logo. The middle three columns are the ones that get scatters, symbols that will pay 10x to 30x the wager back to you, for two or three that are present. At the same time, those symbols will deliver 2 or 6 free spins to you.
During the first four rounds in the free spins feature, you will find that the wild symbol will replace one of the high paying symbols, so you get the feature more and more as the feature progresses. The wild will replace the White Horse, Black Horse, Mountain and Tree symbols, during the initial four spins. The last spins will have all these extra wilds present as well.
Scatter Run is available as a random feature, and if it triggers it will add scatter symbols to the reels from the middle. It improves your chances of getting the free spins to start for you.
Theme & Design
The theme is a very simple one, revolving around horses which are shown free, without any riding equipment on them, or stables for that matter. You have three horses, in golden, white and black colors, plus horseshoes, trees and mountains. Finally, you also get a couple of card symbols. It’s not a great design, but many will appreciate it nonetheless since it’s so peaceful looking.
Golden Mane should be able to give the player a decent experience, but what really sells it to me is the very high theoretical RTP.