Racetrack Riches Megaboard (iSoftBet): Overview
iSoftBet has popped out a few leprechaun/Irish themed slots over the years, but their latest takes a different turn than usual. Instead of the clouds, rainbows, and rolling Irish hills, this Celtic jolly takes players to the horse track for a punt. The match isn’t as random as you might think. Apparently, horse racing is one of Ireland’s most popular sports for spectators and is deeply ingrained in the local culture. The country also produces some of the best thoroughbred horses and trainers on the world stage. Toss in that sort of history and pedigree with lashings of Irish symbology, and you have a slot that’s blood runs as green as a shamrock.
Racetrack Riches Megaboard plays out over 5 reels and 3 rows, with the game grid located in the middle of a racetrack. The Irish have a reputation for their happy-go-lucky attitude to life, which is perfectly encapsulated in their accents and music. One of the jauntiest tunes you’ll ever hear in a slot plays while spinning Racetrack Riches Megaboard – it’s happy, yet poignant at the same time. So, to the betting, stakes can be had from 20p p/c to £/€20 per spin, with auto or manual options over any device.
The location and features might have a streak of originality to them, but there are plenty of full-blown leprechaun clichés in the symbols. They look good, though, and there are 4 low pays and 5 premiums. The low pays are your card suits – diamonds, spades, hearts, and clubs in a gold/gem style. The premiums are a glass of beer, a green top hat of coins, a lucky horseshoe, a bottle of champers, and the games logo. Three or more symbols on one of the 20 paylines is a winner, except the logo which needs only 2. That is useful because two of a kind logos pop up quite regularly, while five logos is worth 25 times the stake. Popping up to help string together more winning combinations is the leprechaun-style jockey wild. He can land anywhere and substitute for any symbol in the game except the scatter.
When it comes to the mathematical design, the game runs on a 95.96% RTP setting and although there is no official word on the volatility, it appears to be quite high. On a good run, however, the bonus can trigger quite frequently.
Racetrack Riches Megaboard (iSoftBet): Features
Features in Racetrack Riches Megaboard are a blend of quick-fire modifiers and an extended bonus board game. The first modifier is the Jockey Wild which can happen at any time while the reels spin. The helpful jockey gallops past the reels adding a bunch of wilds in random positions.
Next is the Win Spin which can trigger after any losing spin. Here the jockey runs across the reels to create a winner by spinning losing symbols into paying combos. Finally, is the Rainbow Respin. This feature starts when the player almost triggers the bonus game but has a scatter on reels 1 and 3, but not on reel 5. Again, the jockey runs across the reels to respin the fifth reel to give players a second chance of launching the bonus game.
At the heart of the game is iSoftBet’s trademarked Megaboard creation which comes into play when when 3 trophy scatters land on reels 1, 3, and 5. The game then shifts to reveal a board game based on a racing track with the reels stationed in the middle and with tracks split into 18 squares – each square providing a reward or a spin modifier. There can be three laps at the most, and on each lap the awards increase, like so:
- Multiplier award – applies a multiplier of x1 – x10 to the total bet.
- Wilds added – additional 5 – 50 wilds are added to the reels.
- Mysteries added – adds 5 – 50 mystery symbols to the reels which can change into a common symbol.
- Symbol remove – removes a low pay symbol from the reels.
- All wins x – a multiplier of x2 – x5 is applied to wins on the reels.
- Win spin – a winning spin is guaranteed.
- Big Money – a big money bonus prize.
The game starts by the player rolling a dice two times for the first turn, and one time for each subsequent turn. The jockey moves the number of squares, and then the reels spin. After every turn, an enemy jockey rolls the dice and chases after the player. The feature ends if the chaser manages to catch the player or the player completes 3 laps of the track. If that happens they end on the Big Money square which multiples the total earnings from the bonus game by x10.
Racetrack Riches Megaboard (iSoftBet): Verdict
Racetrack Riches Megaboard is undoubtedly a fun game. iSoftBet has built a charming little world in which to play via the cheerful graphics, sounds, and the antics of the friendly jockey. Fortunately, the gameplay is as good as the racing environment, with plenty of entertainment found during the base and bonus game.
The Megaboard feature is a fun addition that bears some similarities to NetEnt’s Jumanji slot. We also saw a couple of recent examples with Hit it Hard and Prison Escape. If you like that style of feature, you will certainly appreciate what iSoftBet has created. Once triggered, the bonus game is played with satisfying durations. The best result occurred when the chaser caught our guy on the square right before the Big Money space on the third lap. Annoying, but the result was still just over 600 times the stake which was better than expected.
Overall potential is quite enticing, with a full grid of premiums and a x10 multiplier during the bonus game returning 5,000 times the stake from a single spin right there. With its charm, decent potential, and bags of personality, it’s hard not to like Racetrack Riches Megaboard.