A day at the races is always a lot of fun. You can watch the horses parade around the paddock, check the form and then place your bets. The excitement of the race is certain to get your adrenaline pumping and if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll be queuing to collect your win. This MicroGaming designed is based around the exploits of three jockeys and three horses on race day – which combination will be the lucky one?
The game play is highly enjoyable. You have a high paying wild symbol, with a nice added multiplier. A gamble option is there if you want to give your winnings a quick boost. And a free spins round gives you a choice of exactly how you want to play it.
The highest paying symbols (apart from the wild and the scatter) are the three jockeys. Each is drawn in the style of a caricature and have blue/white, red/white and yellow/green colour silks. Land five of the same jockey in a row on a win line and you’ll win 800 coins. A grey horse in blinkers is next on the pay table and pays 200 coins. A whinnying dark brown horse has a top prize of 100 coins, while a chestnut horse pays 80 coins.
At the lower end of the pay scale you have a winner’s trophy, a bet ticket, a jockey’s cap and a pair of binoculars. The top prize for these symbols range between 60 and 30 coins.
The results board acts as the wild in the game, showing the title of the slot. This will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter. Land five wilds in a row and you’ll win 7,000 coins, easily the biggest pay out in the game. As well as this impressive win, every time you land a win where the wild symbol is involved, the win amount is trebled. When you consider that the wild makes wins easier to come by anyway, this is a major boost.
Any time you land a win, you’ll find the gamble option appear – quite fitting for a horse racing themed game. This is a simple flip of a playing card.
At every race track there is always one of those guys who is ‘in the know’ or at least thinks he is! This time around, he has a moustache and a race card in his hand and is trying to grab your attention with a ‘pssssstt’. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these scatters anywhere in view and you’ll win an immediate prize of 2x, 3x, 20x and 100x your total stake. Land three or more scatters and you’ll also enter the free spins round. You’ll now pick one of three choices:
When you do the math, they all offer the same win expectancy. However, they do offer different levels of variance. Fewer spins with a higher multiplier is the pick for the gamblers among you, while more spins with a smaller multiplier is for those who like a solid win – with a higher chance of hitting a (smaller) return.
The background to Sure Win features the green grass of the racetrack with the grandstand behind. Listen to the soundtrack and you’ll hear the commotion of the racing crowd, all eagerly placing bets and chatting. Each of the symbols is designed in a cartoon style and you have added animation when the scatter or the wild do their work. MicroGaming have to be commended for the lack of playing card symbols on the reels – all the symbols relate to the theme.
Sure Win is a slot whose appeal will spread much further than just the horse racing community. The fun and humorous visuals make for an endearing game, while the gameplay has a lot to like about. It’s unusual to find a wild with a 3x multiplier, while a gamble option always adds an extra dimension to a game. The choice of free spins bonus is the best part of the game – how much do you want to gamble?