The summer of football is well on the way with Copa America 2016 and Euro 2016 offering plenty of excitement to football fans all around the world and Yggdrasil Gaming decided to dedicate their newest title to all those football maniacs on the planet.
The reels are set in a stadium filled with audience, who will cheer for your team during gameplay, so you will have the impression of actually being on a live football match, thanks to some nice graphics and soundtrack.
We have four high paying symbols represented as football players, while the low paying ones are depicted as card suits with football prints to follow the theme. The 2016 release is quite rewarding, due to solid number of free games, Sticky Wilds and Bonus symbols.
What We Love
Yggdrasil Gaming is famous for their top-notch graphics and, even though they are not done as good as in Monkey King for example, they still provide an exciting gaming experience, especially during free spins when all players test their Bicicleta shots. The soundtrack also contributes to the excitement, with fans cheering for your team, bringing up the tension.
We simply love the Trophy Symbol feature, because a single symbol that appears only on reel 5 can get you up to 1,000 coins, or up to 12 free games with a single spin during the base game, while in Free Spins feature, the Trophy can award you with up to 4 freebies, or 1,000 coins or a Wild Reel feature that will turn an entire reel into Sticky Wilds, so just imagine the winning possibilities.
Free Spins feature can also be triggered by 3 or more Free Spins Scatters landing on the reels. Three of them will award you with 8 free spins, four Scatters bring 16, while with five you will win 24 free spins.
During free spins you will get the chance to earn a bunch of Sticky Wilds, which depends mostly on the skills of your footballers. All the players that land on the reels will get one bicicleta shot and if they pass the ball into the net they will turn into a Sticky Wild that remains locked on the spot during the entire feature. We had the luck of landing a very big number of Sticky Wilds which earned us some hefty payouts.
What We do not Like
Even though the bonus features offer chances for some lucrative winnings, the base game is not as generous, with the highest paying symbol offering just 250 coins for five of a kind, which is a bit low in our opinion.
We are generally against the usage of playing cards or card suit symbols especially when there is more than enough material for incorporating authentic symbols, which is the case with football.
We tested the Autoplay option a bit and we would not recommend gamers to play this slot in background, but should keep a close eye on their team, since it may happen that their offensive line becomes futile and fail to land winning combinations, leaving your club bankrupted.
If you are a football fanatic like us, the visual impression of the game will definitely thrill you, since it will make you think you are an actual football match. Those who are not into football will probably not give this slot a chance, but, luckily there are not many them.
Even though the base game does not offer hefty payouts, bonus features are very rewarding once you trigger them, and we were lucky enough to land a bunch of Trophy symbols, and Free Spins, but it does not mean everyone will have the same luck as we did.
Note that it is not recommendable to play this slot in the background while watching a real football match, since the game demands your complete attention, especially when you are placing big bets, because you can end up losing plenty of cash.