Fri, Sep 13, 12:40am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:08am
Racing cars featured in Realtime Gaming’s Dream Run are of the street variety. Think nitro tanks, roaring engines, and cool drivers and you’ll have the theme nailed. This is a loud pokie, the revving of engines and beeps from the starting lights is constant. The drivers don’t look like the kind of characters you’d mess with – though they have big effects on your prizes.
Features are as action-packed as the design. There is a lot going on, including races which determine how many free spins (and even multipliers) you get. Drivers accumulate, giving you a shot at the bonus this way as well as by getting the bonus / scatter symbols. Here are the 90 mile and hour highlights:
While you spin a meter can be found on the top right of your screen. This has two parts. First, at the top, you will see the number of driver symbols accumulated. This is for the driver facing right, that appears on reel 1 only. That symbol is wild. Any win which involves him will give you a 3x multiplier on your regular line wins.
When you get 10 drivers, a version of the free spins bonus game is triggered.
Before you get 10, you can try to trigger this bonus. Your chances of hitting it are proportional to the number of drivers you hit. For example, get 2 drivers and you’ll have a 20% chance (via a wheel) of triggering it. If you lose, your total resets to zero.
The other way of triggering the free spins is to get 3 green starting lights. These appear as white. When the spinning stops, they rapidly turn either green or red. You need 2+ green lights to get a scatter prize, and 3+ green lights to trigger the bonus.
Your bonus starts with 5 cards in a carousel. You spin this around until you like a car, then click to select it. The view then changes to a long road and a race begins. You get between 5 and 25 free spins for being 1st to 5th. If your car comes first, a second, then a third race can begin. This gives you up to 100 free spins – with the 3rd race awarding a multiplier for each win.
If you triggered the bonus via the ‘Nitro’ tank (accumulated drivers), then you will have a shot at a 4th race which awards the progressive jackpots.
Reels turn from green to brown for your free spins, and a lively music track plays.
RealTime Gaming never strays too far from a standard pokie setup. Dream Run has a 5×3 grid and 25 win-lines – which are non-adjustable. Bets start at 1c per line, and auto-play and turbo mode are both available.
Wilds are in play. On reels 2 through 5 you will see a second racing driver. This is the ‘opponent’ symbol, which substitutes for the regular symbols (though not the scattered lights).
A blonde lady holding the chequered flag is the highest paying symbol. This is worth 2500 coins for 5 of a kind. Remember having the racer wild on line one will give this and any win a 3x multiplier. A steering reel, tyre, pistol, nitro button and speedometer make up the remaining unique symbols. Playing card symbols, which have a metallic look with their bold colours, make up the smaller line hits.
There are plenty of animations to enjoy. Some of these are on the reels – for example, the opponent wild racing off – and others are part of bonus games. Cars for the street race are brightly colored and detailed. When the race starts the cars appear to lurch in front of each other somewhat – though this picks game certainly adds excitement to the bonuses.
For a pokie which is a little more lively, even brash, compared to the normal games – Dream Run makes for an entertaining pick. This game has a lot going on. The loud sound effects and constant animations are only the starting point. Add a street race, free spins and two progressive jackpots to the mix and you’ll certainly need to fasten your seatbelt before taking it for a spin!