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The Grand National

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The Grand National

If you’re unable to gain entry into the royal enclosure at Aintree , then Inspired Gaming’s  The Grand National slot is the next best thing.

Don your top hat and tails or even your riding boots and join the jubilant crowds for the world’s most celebrated steeplechase, The Grand National!

The Basics

This game doesn’t offer a hoard of bonus extras, but it does come with a very generous free spins game where you can gain 30 free spins with a Racing Wild feature that will bump up your pays. That beats many other games including the Agent Destiny slot (that gives out 9 in comparison).

The Graphics

The Grand National’s smart graphics have conveyed something the buzzy excitement of Liverpool’s famed race with true aplomb. It´s as pretty as the Wonder Woods slot, just with more atmosphere thrown in for good measure.

Behind the reels, you’ll spy a massive hedge with a number of horses jumping through it, while on the reels there are races and riders. As said reels spin, you’ll hear the sound of horse’s hooves galloping along the steeplechase – this is an racing immersive experience, make no mistake!

The Grand National Slot Game Play

The Grand National slot takes place over 4 rows, 5 reels and a rather beefy 40 pay-lines. That´s twice as many as Golden Grimoire from NetEnt. The Grand National is a medium variance game.

The high value icons in this game are  5 horses and their jockeys, each with its name emblazoned on it. The highest scoring icon is the game’s logo. You’ll scoop a 500 coin prize if you can crack the whip and land 5x of them on an active pay-line.

The highest-paying horse is legendary Red Rum (quite rightly so), followed closely by Foinavon, Seagram, West Tip and Aldaniti. The King through Jack of the card deck make up the lower value symbols of the game.

The Wild is the blue metal chip with the word ‘Wild’ on it and this substitutes for all symbols, except for the Bonus Scatter icon. This glitzy little icon is the lucky gold horse shoe with ‘Bonus’ written on it.

The Bonuses

To get the good times rolling just land 3x, 4x or 5x of the Bonus icons and you’ll be gifted 8, 16 or 30 free spins respectively. Which is rather generous if you ask me.

You’ll notice that Wilds deliver you a bonus, too. Any Wilds that land in this round will move down the reels as if they’re racing on each of your spins. This clever mechanic means that you should be able to generate more winning chances trackside!

The reels are also tweaked during this bonus game and a golden coin will appear under each of the reels. During the free spins these coins turn and stop with the reels. If Lady Luck is with you on race day, you’ll secure five “Extra Spins” on the coins which in turn give you a further 8 free spins.

Keep an eye on the number of free spins remaining by looking at the red gauge above the reels.

The Monkey Verdict

Recreating the energy and thrill of the Grand National is no mean feat. I take my hat off to Inspired Gaming’s The Grand National slot which has gone hell for leather to make this happen with considerable success. This game is a delight for lovers of the greatest steeplechase on the planet and has plenty of charm for slot lovers, too.

5 out 5 bananas.