Football Rules

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Football is one of the world’s most popular sports and a proven winner among the themes offered by Playtech for its online slots. This particular version, Football Rules,” could be considered the line-up’s “generic” football game, as it does not feature specific countries or players, unlike Football Fans and the two Top Trumps versions that Playtech offers—Football Stars and Football Legends.

In this 5-reel, 25-payline game, betting denominations range from £0.01 to £5.00. Up to ten credits may be played per line, which makes for a maximum wager of £1,250. Instead of the standard playing card symbols so common on Playtech slots, Football Rules uses colourful Jerseys as its basic symbols, and they are numbered 1, 2, 7, 10 and 11 for ease of identification. Payouts for lining up matching jerseys on an active payline range from 5X to 300X.

Other symbols appearing on the reels include the Soccer Ball, Referee and Goalie. As few as two matching symbols will trigger a payout among these, with the line multipliers worth from 5X to 1000X. Listen for the whistle to signal a win, or else a flurry of trumpets when five-of-a-kind line up on an active payline. Do not look for animation, however, as the symbols are static and the graphics never change.

The Wild symbol on Football Rules is the Cheering Fan. He substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter or Bonus. Catching 2, 3, 4 or 5 Cheering Fans pays a multiplier of 10X, 100X, 1000X or 10000X, respectively. The Football Stadium is the scatter symbol in this game. Whenever 3, 4 or 5 of them appear anywhere on the reels, the total wager is multiplied by 5X, 10X or 50X, respectively.

The Coach holding a gold trophy is the bonus symbol in this game. He appears only on reels 1 and 5. When both of the Coaches appear in any position, they activate the Bonus Round. The screen changes to a Penalty Shot scene and the player must select one of six colourful balls to shoot, each of which awards a hidden number of Free Spins. They, the player selects one of six angles from which to take the Penalty Shot, each of which hides a multiplier of 2X to 10X for the Free Spins. During the Free Spins bonus, the two coaches are still active, so it is possible to retrigger the Bonus Round, too.

For those prefer using the Autoplay option to let the game to spin by itself, Football Rules has a couple of unique aspects. First, the toggle to activate Autoplay is hidden in the pull-down “Tools” menu at the very top of the screen. Clicking on it will reveal the Autoplay control under the fifth reel. Second, although the +/- toggles flanking the spins indicator can be used to adjust the number of auto spins desired, it is possible to type the number directly into the counter for up to 9,999 spins maximum.

Additional Autoplay options can be accessed by clicking the expanded menu arrows on the very left of the Autoplay display. It is possible to set “stop loss” and “overall win” limits. There are also +/- toggles for adjusting the length of the delay between spins, all of which gives the player even more control over the game’s pace.

Football Rules slot is also linked into Playtech’s progressive Dollar Ball Jackpot. This lotto-type side game can be accessed by using a toggle at the upper right corner of the screen. Then, five numbers from 1 to 49 can be selected and as the main slot game is played, five winning numbers will be drawn at random. Getting 1, 2 or 3 numbers correct will pay 1X, 2X or 25X, based on the total wager made. Catching four numbers pays 1% of the progressive jackpot, while getting all five numbers awards the grand prize.

As long as Dollar Ball is activated, the additional Jackpot wager will be made automatically every time the player bets in the main slot game. Turning off the Dollar Ball side bet is accomplished by clicking on “Disable.” All Dollar Ball winnings are deposited directly into the player’s current Balance along with any cash awards from the main game.

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