As any tried and tested punter will tell you, there's no sure fire winners in any horse race, but one place you are guaranteed to be onto a winner, in terms of fun and enjoyment, is the fantastic new Sure Win slot.
Released in January 2015, this is the mobile version of the popular horse racing themed slot that was originally developed for Ladbrokes. Nowadays though, Microgaming casinos also offer this slot to customers and that is really good news as even if you are not a great lover of the Sport of Kings, this is still a fantastic slot to play.
As you would expect this is a slot that celebrates all aspects of horse racing and these are brought to life across the reels. The game features a number of horse racing themed symbols, both of high value and low. This ranges from betting slips and binoculars, up to jockey's caps, horses, jockeys, a winner's trophy and many more.
The cartoon graphics are amusing and functional and look great on the higher definition devices available nowadays. The sound effects are somewhat rudimentary though and the lack of any bangs or whistles when you land a winning payline can make you think you are not winning very often, especially if you spin the reels relatively quickly.
As such, this can slow the game down a little as you sometimes have to pause in between spins to allow the reels to show if you have hit a winning payline. That's fine if you have plenty of time to play but not so great if you are pressed for time and want as many spins in your available time as possible.
That's a small niggle however as you can play at a quicker pace, but you just won't see the wins as notable as other slots. That is a personal choice issue, some players may like it, others may not, it's very much a case of horses for courses.
Sure Win is a mobile slot that has the usual 5x3 reels and has 25 non-selectable paylines, which means you can play from as little as 0.25 per spin at the lowest possible amount to get all reels spinning, however that can be increased up to a massive 125.00 per bet if you are a higher roller.
Fans of the original online game will note that in the mobile version, the number of paylines is not selectable, whereas on the original desktop game, you could select how many of the 25 paylines you wanted in operation.
One of the best features is the in game Wild which is the Sure Win slot logo and that replaces all other symbols on the reels, except the scatter symbol, to help create winning paylines. All winning paylines completed by a Wild also earn a payout of 3x the usual.
The in game Scatter symbol is the tipster who winks at you on the screen. Land three or more scatters across the reels and you enter the free spins round where you can pick from a choice of three different options. Take a higher 4x multiplier with 12 free spins, 16 free spins with a 3x multiplier, or 24 free spins but with a 2x multiplier.
One thing to note is that the Wild multiplier is also active in the free spins round and adds on to the free spins multiplier, which means that you can land some really big wins during this round in particular if you can hit a Wild on the reel at the right time and in the right place.
The in game jackpot is 140,000 coins and this plays like a medium variance slot, you don't win ultra-frequently, but you do win often enough to keep you playing and when you do win, it tends to be slightly more than just your stake back, as is often the case on lower variance slot games.
You don't have to be a huge horse-racing fan to enjoy the Sure Win slot but it would certainly add to the appeal. Slot gamers will find a fun, fast-paced and enjoyable game that perhaps is a tad basic looking but which offers a decent level of play for players of all bankroll sizes.
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