Wed, Jul 10, 7:11pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:13pm
Wildlife themed gambling takes on a new look in Ainsworth’s Flying Horse pokies. When you win with the wild mustang symbols, they appear to leap right out of the slot reels at you. Add a flaming eagle, classic Grand Canyon view and glittering diamonds – and you’ll experience the best of the designers at Ainsworth Technologies with this game.
Frames appear on reels 2 and 4, which have a unique role. They spread wild reels covering either 1 or 3 reels completely. In the main bonus feature, extra tall reels make triggering these wilds even more valuable. Here are the highlights of this dazzling pokie:
Frames stay in place for every spin of this game. These cover reels 2 and 4. The top and bottom has a blue frame, while the symbol in the middle of the reel will be framed in red.
On most spins, these symbols fill with regular symbols and play no further role. When you get the special flying horse symbols inside a frame – things get interesting fast.
What happens depends on where the horse symbol lands. If it hits row 1 or 3 (blue frames), then that reel becomes completely wild. If it hits the middle row (red frame) then the 2 reels either side also become wild. This can trigger wins on all of the 50 win-lines at times.
The best possible result is to get horses in the red boxes of reel 2 and 4 at the same time. This will cover the entire 5×3 grid of reels in wild symbols for a huge win.
Pokie logos need to appear 3+ times anywhere on the reels to trigger the main free spins bonus. When this happens, you get 8 free spins, with expanded reels. These expand to cover a full 9 rows, with the reels stretching above you on the tall HD screen.
The frames are still in place, these cover 3 rows at the bottom of the screen. There are plenty more chances to hit regular wins on these expanded reels. Hitting flying horse symbols inside the frames now has a magnified effect. The wilds will stretch all the way up the reel set, potentially enabling 100’s of wins.
If you get the 3 wild reels, you also get a respin feature. This holds the wild reels in place, while the remaining wins respin. The biggest wins possible occur when you get 2 of these in a single spin. Now the entire 9×5 grid is covered in wild symbols.
Retriggers are possible, with 3 extra spins added if you get 3+ logos anywhere on the expanded reels.
After the spectacular free spins, the base game is very ordinary. Those frames will keep wilds coming, though there are also regular wilds on all reels – which do come in stacks. Bets are in increments of 50c, with a max bet at $2.50c.
Horse symbols are the highest paying, these show a horse rearing against a setting sun. You’ll also get bigger wins from the eagles, canyon symbols, red 7’s and diamonds. The usual playing cards symbols are used for the smaller wins.
With so many of the symbols having animations, the Flying Horse pokies make for a lively experience. The best effects come when you hit the special horse wilds within the frames. You’ll see the horse leap out towards you, as the wild area expands. This is even better when you are playing with the expanded reel set in the free spins bonus.
There are some horse sound effects, though most of the audio is generic electronic sounds found on many other Ainsworth pokies.
I enjoyed the innovative frames game play in Flying Horse. While frames have been used before, they don’t unusually trigger completely wild reels – let alone wilds that cover 3 or even all 5 of them! This does mean that the regular line prizes are smaller to balance your shot at 50-line wins from a single spin. When you trigger the free spins bonus, tall reels will make these wild reels much more valuable. Add in respins with 3 wild reels held, and you have a pokie with plenty of potential.