Spin back in time to a day in 1996 when Frankie Dettori won all seven races on Champion’s day at Ascot racecourse in Playtech’s Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven slot.
As much as we try not to have expectations of a video slot before we see it on our mobile screens, sometimes it’s impossible, having played the online version a few times before and knowing what to expect.
So when we saw the tiny little reel sitting in the middle of our tablet, we almost wanted to cry. Here is an ol’ time Playtech slot that wasn’t graphically all that interesting, to begin with, made worse. And things do not improve on your smartphone – we’d hope that the lack of space taken on a tablet or iPad meant that this Frankie Detorri’s Magic Seven mobile slot game would be more suited to your phone, but no… it’s even more squashed and tiny than usual.
And this is a shame because if you like horse racing, who can imagine a better theme?
Based on that magical day, the Italian Jockey Frankie Dettori won all the races at Ascot Racecourse in the UK, one if not the most important horse races in the world. This was one of the days to remember in horse racing history. Equally, you can win an amazing 7,777 times your bet if you get the Wild Frankie to line up five in a row.
This 5 reel, 25 payline mobile video slot, with medium variance, has a little bit of everything to it, with some potential big wins but enough little ones during the base game not to leave you feeling out in the cold. It has two bonus games, Free Spins and a Pick Me feature.
However, in the long term, Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven slot game is less than magical because, without the excitement of the graphics and sounds, it’s hard to enjoy a slot whose features are so very basic and simply do not often come enough to make a difference to your balance. Boredom, more than anything, is your enemy here, as you’ll attempt to care about each spin but find yourself barely able to celebrate the wins when they come.
So, all in all, hard one to call. We are not huge horse racing fans, but even we’ve heard of the great Jockey. However, the thrill of seeing the legend’s face tiny and pixelated on our small screen takes all the joy out of the spins, even though everything else about this slot ticks our boxes.
It even has a very decent betting range, where you can play from 0.01 a line to £/$/€5 a line, meaning that you can play from 0.25 a spin to £/$/€125 a spin.
Just a shame that Playtech could not live up to its beautiful graphical standards with this one.
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|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 25 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||4.01% / 95.99%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 5.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.25 / 125|
|Max win||7,777x stake|
|Free spins||35 Free Spins / No Multiplier, but richer reels|
|Bonus rounds||Free Spins & Pick Me Feature|
Wild: Smiling Frankie Dettori himself is the Wild symbol, giving you the jackpot win of 7,777 x times your bet if you line up five of him in a row. He substitutes for all symbols except scatter and bonus.
Scatter & Free Spins: Get three or more scatter 'Logos' on the screen, and you'll get to try and pick the winning horse in a race to get the most free spins. First place will win you 35 free games, second place will win 15 free games, and third place a decent 10 free games. Add to that, the free games are richer in wilds and scatters, making for bigger wins.
Pick Me Racetrack Bonus: Get the Racetrack Bonus symbol anywhere on reels 1 and 5 to get the pick me feature. This feature is surprisingly hard-hitting. We've managed to win 300x our initial bet. You'll be presented with a basic racetrack, where you'll click on a different section to reveal cash prizes and multipliers until 'collect' shows up. Simple but effective.
Realistically, considering how bored we got playing this Frankie Dettori mobile slot, we should have given it 2 stars. But a part of us had to remember what the original game was like and the fact that this slot plays exactly the same on mobile, except it looks like munchkins got to it first.
It's a shame that game providers do not always consider all the space available and ruin their games by destroying the immersive atmosphere of a good mobile slot. Frankie Dettori's Magic Seven was already not the prettiest, but now it's just plain ugly.
If, however, you are a fan of the jockey, you might be able to be more forgiving (and less shallow than us) and see past the graphics to some great mechanics. Sure, the RTP is not as high as some, but when they come, the features hit big, and they can create significant changes to your casino wallet. Add a great betting range to suit all and enough small wins in the base game to keep you going till you hit those features, and this is actually a very decent slot.
Just... you know... not as pretty as some other mobile slots games.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: March 1, 2023 - Rating