The world’s most famous horse has appeared in books, on TV and in the movies and now Black Beauty stars in a slot created by Bally Wulff. It’s a simple, 5 reel, 10 to 20 payline game that comes with a bonus feature that awards up to 20 free spins with a second wild added to the reels. Saddle up from between 10 to 20p and £20 to £40 per spin.
Set against a sepia-tinged backdrop, the brown reels include A to 10 playing cards as well as an assortment of jewels and horse-related symbols. You’ll see a tiara and a necklace which award up to 12.5 times your total bet as well as a leather saddle which pays 25 times your total bet if you land 5 in a line. The most rewarding standard symbol features the three white horses – land 5 of these in combination and you’ll receive 50 times your total stake.
The mysterious woman is the game’s wild – she can appear anywhere on the reels and replaces all other symbols apart from the scatter. Land 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these in a single payline and you’ll win 0.5, 5, 50 or 250 times your stake.
Land 3 Black Beauty symbols on the odd numbered reels on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Games feature where you’ll be awarded 10 free spins. The added wrinkle here is that Black Beauty will act as a second wild in addition to the woman. You can re-trigger more free spins here too if Black Beauty rides into view on reels 1, 3 and 5 again giving you up to 20 free spins.
Like many slots in the Bally Wulff catalogue, Black Beauty is a relatively simple affair. The visuals have a nostalgic, soft focus feel. The gameplay isn’t overloaded with action either. We managed to trigger the free spins regularly but never managed to land a real biggie. We’d put the variance in the low to medium range.
Its slightly cheesy imagery and a lack of extras means you’d be hard-pressed to call Black Beauty a thoroughbred slot. This is one for equine lovers only. Alternatively, IGT’s Champion Raceway is just as simple but more volatile.