Wacky Races is powered by Bally and is a 5 reel, 40 payline slot that can be played on all devices from as little as 50p to 75p a spin. Based on the Hanna-Barbera animated TV series, you join Dastardly, Muttley and others with plenty of bonus features including free spins, mystery stacked reels, wild reels and fixed jackpots.
Visually, you will see Wacky Races plays out in a vertical window which is the style of a racing car – with Dick Dastardly above the reels, the cartoon style graphics represent the TV series perfectly. Symbols on the reels include A, K and Q playing cards as well as various vehicles the characters race. You will also see a Dastardly & Muttley symbol which is wild for all symbols except the Wacky Races and Wacky Races Wild symbol.
The Dick Dastardly wild is wild for all symbols bar Wacky Races, Wacky Races Wild, Gruesome Twosome, Gruesome Twosome Wild, Heart and Dastardly & Muttley. The Wacky Races Wild and Gruesome Twosome Wild are wild for all symbols! The wild appear only during some bonus features – more of which below. Anyway, the Dastardly & Muttley and Wild symbols are the most valuable giving you 10 times your stake for 5 across a payline.
The first choice you need to make when playing Wacky Races is whether to have the Better Bonuses active or inactive – having it active will give you enhanced bonus features (more on this below) but it will cost you 50% more per spin. For example – playing at minimum stakes of 50p becomes 75p per spin. Now onto the bonus features – there’s plenty!
Mystery Stacked Reels feature – each reel contains stacked mystery symbol positions which can be randomly replaced with 2 or 3 symbols when each spin takes place. You can get all the low value symbols as well as the wild. This can also apply in the Free Games feature but no wild can be the chosen symbol – this is known as the Free Games Mystery Stacked Reels feature.
Random Wild feature – in the base game, this feature can be triggered at random. If you have the Better Bonuses inactive, between 3 and 10 randomly symbols become wild. If you have the Better Bonuses active, its between 3 and 11 symbols becoming wild. If the Wacky Races symbol becomes wild, it will act as both a wild and Racing Bonus feature trigger.
Wild Reels feature – on any base game spin, this feature can be activated, at random. Then, all symbol positions on 1 or more reels will become wild. If the Wacky Races symbol becomes wild, it changes to a Wacky Races Wild symbol as acts as both a wild and Racing Bonus feature trigger.
Racing Bonus feature – this is played when you get 3 Wacky Races or Wacky Races Wild symbols simultaneously on reels 1, 3 and 5. You will come across 5 cars – 1 of them is randomly chosen to give you a special bonus enhancement prize prior to the race beginning – the car the wins will decide which bonus feature you play. Here’s what you will win:
Creepy Coupe Free Games feature – you will get 10 free spins with any enhancements. With the Better Bonuses active, you get 2 to 6 extra free spins. Without it, you only get 2 to 3 free spins extra. You could also trigger the Random Wild or Wild Reel feature on every free spin. Furthermore, if you get 3 Gruesome Twosome or Gruesome Twosome Wilds on reels 1, 3 and 5, you will get 10 more free spins (plus enhancements if any). You can retrigger various times with up to 200 free spins in total available.
Penelope Pitstop Free Games feature – you begin with 12 free spins with any enhancements. You can get 1 to 3 Hearts if the Better Bonuses is inactive or 2 to 3 Hearts if active. Look out for Heart symbols appearing during the free spins as they are collected – the more you collect, the more locked reels you will get:
- 3 Hearts – Reel 5 becomes locked
- 6 Hearts – Reels 4 and 5 become locked
- 9 Hearts – Reels 3, 4 and 5 become locked
- 12 Hearts – Reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 become locked
Locked reels basically are wild for the next free spin and the remainder of the feature!
Muttley Wacky Scrap Yard Bonus feature – here you have 5 levels each with 10 picking options. If you have enhancements, you will get 1 extra life for Better Bonuses inactive or 1 to 2 extra lives for active. Anyway, each pick will give you a cash prize, Bomb or multiplier. In level 1, you get cash prizes – in level 2 through 4, you can win cash bonuses or Bomb. If level 5, you can reveal Bomb or multipliers. A bomb will end the feature unfortunately!
When it comes to cash prizes, you can win up to 1,000 times your line bet with multipliers reaching 5x. Every unused extra life would also give you up to 750 times your line stake. There’s quite a lot to be won here if you’re lucky – up to 500 times your stake!
Professor Pat Pending Wheel Bonus feature – here you spin a wheel to win the Mega, Major, Minor or Mini Jackpot. With the Better Bonuses inactive or active, you can win up to 400 times your stake – you’re just guaranteed to win a minimum of 120 times your stake with it active (rather than 1.25).
Peter Perfect Trophy Bonus feature – here you make picks. With the Better Bonuses inactive, you get 1 to 3 extra picks. Without it, you get 2 to 3 extra picks. You can win up to 500 times your stake if you’re lucky.
As you have read, there’s a lot going on in Wacky Races – there’s a whopping 10 bonus features in all! I really like the Penelope Pitstop Free Games feature as you can play with up to 4 locked wild reels. The Creepy Coupe Free Games feature is also rewarding as you can get random wilds and wild reels on up to 200 free spins!
I found Wacky Races to be a medium variance title that is both entertaining and innovative in terms of bonus features – a superb game from Bally that I’m glad has made the transition from land based casinos to online. All that’s left to do is to jump in your race car, get to the starting line and speed off into the world of Wacky Races!