Happy Hooves is set in a stable that doubles as the home of many horses. However, these majestic animals seem to have abandoned the building entirely, only to be found on one of the five reels featured in this slot. Happy Hooves features strong visuals and an engaging soundtrack. There is also a variety of different sound effects, which can alter depending on the symbols matched.
This slot was produced by Pragmatic Play, which is likely a familiar-sounding provider to most punters. They have produced an overwhelming number of popular slot machines in the past, with Greedy Wolf, Rainbow Gold Shifting Riches, and Extra Juicy Megaways being just a small selection of their portfolio.
Players can spin Happy Hooves with a minimum bet of 0.40 per round, which will cover all 40 paylines by default. The maximum potential win within this game sits at 5,000x the stake size.
Within Happy Hooves, there are a large number of different symbols to keep an eye on. Firstly, there are J, Q, K, and A symbols that are commonly found in online slots. Next up are four different types of premium symbols, which are all horses. These icons are green, purple, blue, and red, with 5 red horse symbols awarding 3.75x the bet size.
Of course, the special symbols within Happy Hooves are also related to horses. There are 4 different wilds within the game, which are again tied to the colours purple, red, green, and blue. Scatter symbols within Happy Hooves are golden horseshoes.
Mystery symbols also feature, which are represented by a stable with closed doors. These symbols come into play during either of the bonus modes, as does the final symbol, which is a small golden star.
There are two different features within Happy Hooves, one of which is the main bonus. The other is known as ‘PowerNudge’ and occurs when one or more mystery symbols land across any of the reels. These mystery symbols will open to reveal a wild symbol or a small golden star. If a golden star is in play, it will spin again and show either a scatter or multiplier. At the end of each round, all mystery symbols will move down one position.
The PowerNudge feature ends when all of the mystery symbols leave the screen. When this happens, all multipliers will be added up, applied to the stake size, and awarded to the player. If three scatter symbols are revealed, then the main bonus will also be triggered.
Of course, the main bonus does not have to be triggered exclusively through PowerNudge, with three or more scatter symbols in normal play also doing the trick. During this mode, a minimum of 8 mystery symbols will land on two reels. Again, these can display either wilds or gold stars.
However, a ‘Nudge Up’ symbol will also be introduced, which will nudge the mystery symbols up again if it lands. The number of nudges is dependent on how many of these symbols are in play.
After each round, the mystery symbols will move down one position. The bonus ends when there are no more mystery symbols in the playing area. With the main bonus though, players will also see a multiplier on the right-hand side of the screen, which will be applied to all potential winnings. When the mystery symbols are nudged, this multiplier will increase by one until the end of the bonus.
Pragmatic Play has put a twist on the PowerNudge feature with Happy Hooves, by giving players the possibility to move mystery symbols back up the board. These symbols can also be encountered during any spin, even during the base game, which can help to make each round even more exciting!
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