Golden Mane is a 5 reel, 10 payline slot brought to you by NextGen Gaming. Playable on desktop, mobile and tablet devices from 15p to £150 per spin, this horse inspired game benefits from a Free Games feature where you can win up to 12 free spins where symbols transform into wilds on every free spin.
Visually, Golden Mane is set on lush green hills which are basked in glorious sunshine – the soundtrack is quite triumphant which is nice. Symbols on the reels include low value playing cards (9, 10, J, Q, K and A) as well as autumnal trees, mountain settings, white and black horses.
The golden mane is the wild symbol and replaces all symbols except the scatter – it’s also the most rewarding symbol giving you 1,500 coins (or 100 times your stake) for 5 on a payline.
The horseshoe is the scatter symbol and only appears on reels 2, 3 and 4 (the middle ones) – there is a Scatter Run feature which is triggered randomly on any base game spin. Basically, scatters are added to the 3 middle reels to gain you access to the Free Games feature.
2 scatters will give you 2 free spins whilst 3 will give you 6 free spins. This may seem low but during the 1st free spin, the white horse transforms into a wild for the duration of the feature. On the 2nd free spin, it’s the black horse that becomes a wild. On the 3rd free spin, the mountain symbol becomes wild whilst on the 4th free spin, it’s the tree that turns into a wild.
Furthermore, landing 2 or 3 horseshoe scatters will retrigger the feature giving you the possibility of 12 free spins altogether. The good news is that you will be spinning with 4 extra wilds and 5 wilds in total!
Golden Mane is typical of what you’d come to expect from NextGen Gaming – however, it’s all about the Free Games feature where 5 wilds in total can really send your wins galloping away. I found it to be a medium to high variance offering where you need to be patient. If you like the theme, IGT’s Fire Horse is worth trying.