Ah, greyhound racing: a sport that's dwindling in popularity due to the cruelty shown to the dogs by their owners. While it's hard to shock me, Play'n GO has surprised me with the release of their Wildhound Derby slot. The game takes place at a dog-racing track and glorifies a sport that's proven to be controversial in the least and illegal at the worst.
Wildhound Derby is a 5 reel, 30 payline video slot set at a dog-racing track where bettors pack the stands and you watch the race play out as you spin the reels. The game does have a good number of features, including wilds, stacked symbols, scatters, free spins, and a pick'em bonus game.
The free spins round puts you in the role of picking a winner and then watching the reels pop, with a finish line on the left. If you get a rabbit coin, your dog advances toward the line. If you dog wins the race, you end up going to a bonus wheel that can award you a multiplier on your winnings. The line layout and features give this slot a default RTP of 96.9%, which is very high for an online slot. As with all Play'n GO games, the RTP rate is adjustable by the casino, so make sure you're playing with a good number.
Game symbols in Wildhound Derby include standard slot icons (J, Q, K, A) as well as betting magazines, betting slips, ribbons, cash, a trophy, and the running greyhounds. It's developed with mobile and desktop device compatibility, and it looks sharp on either device.
This game is actually a lot of fun to play, and I'm just bummed that the subject matter is controversial. I'll still play it, but I fear that many people will skip over it due to the dog racing. If you can separate the subject from the gameplay, you'll end up finding a great game that's well worth your time.