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Game Review: Lightning Horseman

Lightning Horseman logo on blue background.

Developed by Lightning Box Games and based on the classic tale of Sleepy Hollow, Lightning Horseman takes you on a ride with the headless horseman, as you try to stack lightning bolts and hit those jackpots.

Game overview

Join Katrina Van Tassel and Ichabod Crane as they try to keep their heads while navigating the spooky reels and lines of Lightning Horseman. Shivers will run down your spine with every spin as the music and eerie backdrop set the scene for this creepy online casino slot.

Overall, Lightning Horseman is one of the best online slots available to play, with its RTP (return to player) of 95.52%, high returns and fun features, you don’t have to lose your head over worrying about fair play.

How to play

Before you can start spinning your way through this exciting horror story, you might want to know how to set your bets (unless you want to lose your head). Here’s how it works.

The first thing you should do is set your coin denomination. This setting is controlled by the Bet up and Bet down arrows on either side of the coin stack in the bottom left of the screen. This will change the amount that you’re betting per spin and affects the size of the jackpots too. If you want to set a maximum bet, simply click the coin stack between the arrows.

You can set up autospins using the Autoplay feature, located just above the spin button in the bottom right of the screen. It allows you to set up to 100 spins to go off automatically. It’s important to note there’s no way to determine win or loss limits, so keep an eye on your bankroll as the spins play out.

Now you know how to set up a bet and play, let’s talk a bit about what this online slot machine looks like.


Lightning Horseman reels and symbols on a background of spooky trees.

The gothic tale of Sleepy Hollow has been reimagined in movies and TV shows several times. Lightning Horseman captures the atmosphere and aesthetic of the old story perfectly, with elements skillfully woven into the reels and backdrop, creating a suitably eerie casino game.

The almost cartoonish symbols feature our two protagonists, Katrina Van Tassel and Ichabod Crane, as well as a chest of gold trinkets and baubles, which make up the highest-paying symbols on the reels. There is also a mysterious crow and haunted stables, as well as the standard playing-card symbols J, Q, K and A.

The wild symbol is represented by the horseman himself, rearing his horse and holding his glowing pumpkin head in one hand, and a sword in the other. If the wild symbols stack on the same reel, they merge to create a larger animated image of the headless horseman. It’s important to remember that the wild symbol can substitute for any other one on the reels, except for the lightning bolt scatter symbol.


Lightning Horseman has two main features to look out for while you play.

Lightning Respin

Landing 6 or more of the lightning bolt symbols on the reels will trigger the Lightning Respin bonus round. In this bonus round, any lightning bolts you hit on the initial spin will remain on the reels, and the empty slots will start to spin again. You’ll initially be given 3 free spins to try to land more lightning bolts on the reels, with each lightning bolt symbol resetting your free spins back up to 3. 

Once the free spins have been used up, all the lightning bolts on the reels are flipped to reveal prizes, including one of the 4 jackpots available in the game.

Flippin’ Retrigger

While playing the Lightning Respin feature, it’s possible to fill the reels with 15 of the lightning scatter symbols, which means a big payout for you (nice one!). Landing a full spread of lightning bolts will activate all of them and cause them to be flipped again, with all positions guaranteed to land a prize.

Bonuses and jackpots

The reason the aforementioned features are so important to the game is because they’re the only way to trigger one of the 4 random jackpot bonuses. It’s important to note that these are fixed jackpots, not progressive, and the amount you’re betting increases the chance of winning bigger prizes in the bonus rounds, as well as the jackpots.

The jackpots available in Lightning Horseman are called the Mini, Minor, Major and Grand jackpots. There’s a random chance that one of the jackpots appears as the award when flipping the lightning bolt scatters in the bonus rounds. All the jackpots can trigger multiple times on the same round, except for the Grand, which can only be triggered once per round.

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