Experience an exhilarating sunny day at the horse racing ground on the slot from Yggdrasil Gaming. Racing Lovers is pitting four of the best horses against each other in a high-speed harness race to become the next reel champion. Wild substitutions, a Golden Bet option and a free spins round with up to six extra feature picks can lead to wins of up to 2,500 times your bet.
Racing Lovers is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 20 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. Your visit to the racecourse on desktop or mobile will cost you from 0.20 to 100 credits per spin. The medium-variance game has an RTP of 95.90% in default mode and 96.40% when the Golden Bet is activated.
A transparent and frameless game window offers undisturbed views of the grandstand of a horse racing track. The crowds are watching the latest harness race which will determine who will be the next champion horse. A drawn-out orchestra piece goes into sudden crescendos on winning and teaser spins. The horses themselves will animate the soon they are part of a winning combo.
Open the game to find the card suits – green clubs, blue diamonds, purple spades and red hearts – at the low end of the paytable, awarding 2.5x to 3.75x your bet for a single five of a kind. They are followed by four harness-racing contenders marked with the equivalent colours for the low-value symbols – green, blue, purple and red – which will play a role in the main bonus feature.
A golden horse medallion is the wild symbol, substituting for all regular pay symbols. A horse decorated with the champion’s wreath marked with ‘Free Spins’ acts as the scatter.
Rather unusual for Yggdrasil Games, Racing Lovers comes with one bonus feature only although that can be enhanced by a range of extras that are picked before the round starts. However, before starting your gaming session, you will have to decide whether to activate the Golden Bet. This can be switched off or back on after any spin in the base game. It will increase the cost per spin by 5 coins or in real money 25% and will allow you one additional pick from the 18 enhancers for the Free Spins. The minimum number of modifiers will thus be increased from three to four for three-scatter triggers, from four to five for four-scatter triggers and from five to six for five-scatter triggers.
Hitting three to five scatters anywhere on the reels will activate the Free Spins mode. The game will change to a second screen displaying 18 racing helmets, each hiding one extra feature for the bonus round. Based on the amount of triggering scatters the game will award 6, 8 or 10 Free Spins with 3, 4 or 5 picks plus 1 additional pick if the Golden Bet was activated. The maximum amount you can pick are six from 18 extra features with some appearing twice in the line-up. They are:
You can now make your picks from the 18 helmets to unveil the modifiers and features that can significantly improve your chances to hit big wins. Only one jockey symbol can be picked as stacked symbols. Should you pick one then the other three will be disabled. The free spins cannot be retriggered, so make your choice wisely.
Racing Lovers is not the first Yggdrasil to feature the Golden Bet and extra enhancers, they first appeared on Golden Fish Tank, one of their most successful slots to date. No wonder they replicate it in other creations, the most recent being Trolls Bridge 2. This game seems to have been developed specifically for the Swedish market as the demo game was missing the Autospin function. Either way, it is not a spectacular slot by any means but offers solid reel action that will attracted horse racing fans.