Horse racing, the sport of kings, is one of the most popular forms of gambling in the world. Pokies are also extremely popular, so why not combine the two? iSoftbet has with the launch of Racetrack Riches Megaboard.
iSoftBet launched Racetrack Riches Megaboard on February 25, 2020, a month before Australia went into lockdown. We’ve had plenty of opportunities to put the machine through its paces and write this review for you. Let us begin.
Racetrack Riches Megaboard Fundamentals
There aren’t many horse racing themed pokies out there right now so this machine is almost unique. It doesn’t look anything special when you load it up, which you can do at House of Pokies. You’re greeted with the tried and tested 5×3 layout that’s served pokies well for years.
You need a larger bankroll than some other pokies due to the high volatility and 95.96% RTP. The maximum win of $100,000 makes up for this, however.
Racetrack Riches Megaboard is aimed at lower stakes players. There are 20 win lines that result in a min-bet of $0.20 and a maximum bet of $20.
The game looks great, well it does if you like cartoony graphics. Everything is crisp and has a horse racing mixed with Irish theme going on. The main character is a horse racing leprechaun and some of the other symbols have an Irish twist to them. As does the music, which we have to admit started to grind our gears a little after a while. You can turn it off in the options, thankfully.
What Are The Racetrack Riches Megaboard Symbols?
Racetrack Riches Megaboard does away with the traditional royals and replaces them with playing card suits. Clubs and diamonds are the lowest paying symbols, paying 2.5x your bet for matching five. Spades and hearts are the next highest with 5x payouts for five matching symbols.
Beers and leprechaun hats are worth 10x when you land five, with horseshoes and champagne 15x. You want the Racetrack Riches symbols to land because it pays 25x for five.
Wilds are represented by the pokies’ main character. These replace any symbols except the lucrative scatter. That scatter is the champions cup which lands on reels 1, 3, and 5. Land three in the same spin to trigger the titular megaboard.
Finally, there’s a pot of gold symbol the game refers to as the mystery symbol. This comes into play during the megaboard feature and transforms other symbols on the board.
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What Are The Bonus Features?
There are three special features available on the Racetrack Riches Megaboard pokie. Two are randomly triggered during your base gameplay.
The leprechaun jockey sleeps for the most part, but randomly bursts into life to gift one of two features. Jockey Wilds is the first of these features. The jockey rides across the screen and turns random symbols into wilds. It turned at least five, and as many as eight, into wilds during our testing.
Rainbow Respins is another feature that the jockey helps out with. Again, it is random. Land the scatter on reels 1 and 3 and he’ll sometimes respin reel 5 to try trigger the megaboard round.
The Megaboard round is where the big bucks lie in wait, as you’d expect from a game bearing its name.
This is like a racetrack board game that you progress around by rolling dice. A bonus spin follows each advancement around the board. Reel modifiers aplenty help boost your potential winnings. These include mystery symbols, extra wilds, and symbol removal. Make it around the board three times without being caught by the chasing jockey to win the Big Money Bonus. This can be massive because all your winnings are totted up and multiplied by up to 10x.
Is Racetrack Riches Megaboard worth your time and effort? It’s a resounding yes from us. I, personally, prefer less volatile pokies and would like a higher RTP yet it’s still appealing. The Megaboard is fantastic. We managed to make it ¾ around the third lap and enjoyed a 124.60-times win. Those wins don’t come around often, but the wait is worthwhile. Just turn the machine’s music off so you don’t drive yourself insane!