Perhaps dogs are man's best friend, but horses for sure don't trail far behind. The image of a horse is iconic and closely linked to humans because they were used in wars, as transportation, in races, agriculture, and even kept as pets. If you have a thing for horses, Pragmatic Play welcomes you to play Happy Hooves, an online slot which celebrates the beauty of this majestic animal.
Betting Options and Bonus Features
Happy Hooves has 4 rows and 5 reels full of horses of 4 different colors. The red horse pays out the most at 3,7x for a full line. If you think these are rather lower paying symbols, don't worry since there are 4 different wild symbols in the game correlated to the 4 colors. Although these wilds only substitute for symbols of their color, 5 red wilds on a line will grant a 10x.
At first, Happy Hooves seems like a typical modern slot with 96.49% RTP, 5,000x max win, and a 5/5 volatility. But the game packs a bit more features than you would expect for such a simple look. The first feature in the base game is the mystery symbol. Whenever they hit, the Powernudge feature is triggered, moving all reels containing mystery symbols down one spot.
Then, the mystery symbols will reveal either wild symbols or golden symbols. If the golden symbol shows up, mystery symbols will reveal their prize again, this time either money values or scatter symbols. Not only that, as long as a mystery symbol is still on the screen, the Powernudge keeps getting activated.
These features are only the beginning; collect 3 scatters to make your way into the Powernudge Respin feature. Players will begin with 2 full reels of mystery symbols and the Powernudge mechanics will go on the same as the base game. However, a huge difference is that now there is a progressive multiplier that gets bigger every respin.
So the goal really is to prolong the bonus as much as possible. And to help with that, there's a Nudge Up symbol that can be revealed by mystery symbols. This symbol makes mystery symbols nudge up instead of down, basically giving you one more respin. Unfortunately, the free spins feature cannot be retriggered, but whenever you want to see the bonus really bad, the bonus buy option is always available.
Horses are good-hearted creatures but unfortunately the Happy Hooves slot is just not my cup of tea. Don't get me wrong, this slot can work for some people, probably the more casual players. But those who have been, like me, playing for a long time, we tend to prefer more lavish, explosive bonuses even if we have to starve a bit in the base game.