“And they’re off!” The famous line can be heard daily at horse race tracks and now on the Scudamore’s Super Stakes slot from Netent. Don your best racing outfit and join the famous horse jockey on a set of slot reels with random wilds, Peter’s Classic Cup free spins and a Bet Slip feature. Watch your horse win the race and take home a bounty of up to 5,000x your stake.
For its first-ever sports branded video slot, Swedish gaming giant Netent teamed up in 2018 with legendary champion Peter Scudamore, MBE to develop a game with a horse race theme. The result is Scudamore’s Super Stakes, a video slot with five reels, three rows and 20 fixed pay lines. Racing on the reels on mobile or desktop will cost you 0.10 to 100 credits. The RTP of this medium variance game is set at 96.11%. The Autoplay function allows you to set up 10 to 1,000 consecutive spins with a range of options when the run should stop.
As expected the entire slot evolves around a race track, which can be seen in the background of the rather simple game window. Shouldn’t be a negative as cluttered game windows are not fun to look at, simple and crisp is our preferred choice. Going with the theme, a bet slip, which is part of the gameplay, can be seen on the right of the reels. The famed jockey and a number of horse races feature predominantly on the reels while a soundtrack completes a modern slot design.
The colours associated with each pay symbol will play a significant role in the Peter’s Classic Cup feature. They start at the low end with card royals – blue J, green Q, purple K and red A – followed by four horse races with blue, green, purple and red jerseys. Peter Scudamore himself is the wild symbol, substituting for all symbols except scatters symbols. Pays for a single five of a kind range from 2x to 100x your stake. Scatters are a golden winners cup.
The feature can trigger at the start of any spin in the base game. Two to five horseshoe symbols are randomly placed on the reels, turning the symbols they land on into wilds and thus providing extra win potential. Won’t be the huge mega hit but the feature should produce regularly smallish to medium wins. Expect it to trigger on average every 40 to 50 spins.
The Bet Slip is probably the most synonymous item people associate with horse racing. On Scudamore’s Super Stakes it can be seen on the right of the game window. NetEnt went to great length to create a suspenseful side game that will give players the chance to win in excess of 1,000 times the extra bet.
To activate the Bet Slip, players simply click on it to create their own bet. First, they select one of the eight regular or the wild symbol to collect, followed by the number of symbols they predict will appear on the reels in a set amount of spins, e.g 15 As in 20 spins. The higher the number of symbols to collect, the higher the returns but also the lower the odds that a player can win the bet. The potential win from a bet is displayed as a bet multiplier.
The last step is to select the bet amount they want to stake for the chosen bet. Just like in real life, the bet cannot be changed once the slip has been purchased. The bet is won when the predicted number of the selected symbol appears within the set amount of spins and the prize is paid by multiplying the staked amount with the bet multiplier from the slip.
Get ready for the main event of the day where you can win up to 5,000x your bet if your chosen horse wins the race. Scatters on reels one, three and five in one spin will trigger the feature with unlimited free spins, which will be played on an expanded 5×4 reel set with 32 fixed pay lines. The game leads to a second screen where you are presented with four horses and jockeys wearing the coloured jerseys as mentioned earlier. Each horse will have a bet multiplier associated if it wins the race.
Once a selection is made, the game extends to the 5×4 format and the race is started. Each horse has two symbols that appear on the slot reels above the racetrack that are the same colour as the outfit of the jockey associated with that horse:
Hitting a win will see the horse associated with the colour advance by one spot. For example, scoring a win of three As will see Divine Fortune progressing. In the Race Position box on the right of the game window, the horse the player picked is marked by a star and the player can follow which horse is in the lead.
The free spins continue until one horse has advanced four steps. Players will collect the prize money if their selected horse has won the race. In any other case, only the accumulated lines wins from the round are paid out and the game window is returned to the 5×3 default setting. The random wilds and Bet Slip features cannot be activated during the bonus round.
Admittedly, it is often tough to create a branded slot as everyone expects it to do justice to the success and popularity of the personalities at the core of the game. NetEnt has done some superb work in the past when they released the Jimi Hendrix, Guns N’ Roses and Motörhead rock slots trio. They have done it again with Scudamore’s Super Stakes which gives players an authentic feeling that they are actually on a race course. Plus, the win potential of up to 5,000x the stake is certainly something any punter will be happy to score any time of the year.