Something felt a bit off about Golden Mane from the moment that we loaded it up for the first time. It is almost like we knew from the name alone that the game was going to be a bit bland – that is not a knock on NextGen in the slightest, by the way, as the likes of Foxin’ Wins are always on heavy rotation when it comes to us playing for fun. However, this game just feels like it should have been released about twenty years ago as themes have moved on. It is about horses – not race horses or any kind of special horses, just normal horses. Nevertheless, the gameplay is likely to be pretty solid and we are happy enough to give it a chance to impress.
What to Expect
Not only does the game feel dated before you even play it, but the graphics do not exactly do a whole lot to dispel that notion. Standard playing card symbols are close to being an eyesore by this point by they are employed heavily throughout this game, and ten win lines do not exactly scream ‘modern’. The horse with the Golden Mane is the special one when it comes to completing wins, as it is the wild card and it can fill in for anything except its own horseshoe, mainly because that is the scatter.
NextGen has played it safe when it comes to bonuses, as a free spins round awaits players that land two or three horseshoes at once. They only land on the middle reels, so three is the limit, and six spins are the reward – although you can also enter the round with a miserly two spins for two in view. Fortunately, it is eminently possible to pick up a burst of wins here as the spins get better as they progress. On the first spin, the white horse will now be wild too, then on the second spin the black one will join it. Spins three and four sees the mountain and tree symbols becoming wild respectively, so spins five and six will be the most valuable of the lot with half of the potential symbols that land being wild. It is just a shame that the playing card icons are as common as they are!
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Golden Mane is a new mobile release, given that it came out this month, but it really does not feel like it. Although we have never played it before in any format, we get the impression that NextGen delved into their online back catalogue for this one, but it probably wasn’t worth the effort. The progressive wilds in the bonus round are a nice touch, but they are not going to launch this game into favourable territory alone and everything else about the game has been done before and done better. There are some true classics on offer at NextGen mobile casinos, but Golden Mane is not one of them.