Sensible Soccer

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In 1992, a new line of video games was launched for PCs and the Amiga and Atari ST computers by a company called Sensible Software. Among the original releases was an association football video game called Sensible Soccer, or “Sensi” for short. Among its many novel features were a zoomed-out bird’s-eye view, editable national, club and custom teams, and game play utilising a simple, user-friendly control scheme. The game went on to be named among Amiga Power’s “All Time Top 100.”

Now, Ash Gaming has brought the classic video classic to life on the reels of a 5-reel, 25-payline slot game for play at online casinos such as Bet365. It combines traditional reel action with a club football cup theme and the opportunity to participate in a bonus round that simulates the knockout stages of a European Cup club competition. There is also a Progressive Jackpot, plus a Free Spins bonus that offers the choice of three different modifiers.

To begin a game of Sensible Soccer, the player must first select a Total Stake to wager by using the +/- buttons located at the bottom of the screen below the third reel. Available denominations range from €0.25 to €100 per payline. There is no need to select the number of reels, as all 25 of them are in play upon each spin. That means the minimum line stake is €0.01 and the maximum is €4.00, as displayed beneath reel five.

To set the reels in motion, click on the green “Spin” button below the fifth reel. When the five reels come to rest, any winning combinations will be highlighted by coloured lines. The values of the line wins are displayed in the “Win” counter below reel one, while the “Total Win” amount is shown under reel three. Funds available can be seen in the “Balance” counter at the very top of the screen.

The basic symbols on the reels are the standard cards, Tens through Aces. Catching three or more of them matching on a payline from left to right is worth from 5X to 100X. Higher payouts come from matching three or more Whistles, Stadiums or Sensible Soccer Logos, valued at 25X to 5,000X. Wild symbols appear only on the middle three reels: the Banker (Referee) on reel two, the Fanatic (Fan) on reel three and the Wobbler (Goalkeeper) on reel four. They substitute for any of the above symbols.

Bonus symbols also appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. Catching all three of the Soccer Ball scatters on these reels initiates the Free Spins Bonus with a selection of three different features. The Banker feature awards 15 free spins with random “Red Card” wild reels. The Fanatic provides 10 free spins with wilds on either side and below the Fanatic symbol when it appears on reel three. And the Wobbler offers 20 free spins with random wilds awarded. Free spins cannot be retriggered.

Also on reels 1, 3 and 5 are the Euro Cup scatter symbols. When all three appear, the Euro Cup Bonus is triggered and the player is invited to choose one out of 16 sides to back in a knockout tournament. The sides range from Liverpool and Manchester United to Real Madrid, Celtic, Barcelona, Inter Milan and others, each with its own odds. The object is to select the team that will go all the way through the rounds from qualifying to quarterfinals, semifinals and the championship match, eventually winning the Euro Cup.

The matches are played automatically on a video-type display that closely resembles the old Amiga/Atari software. When viewed in “Highlight” mode, each aspect of the action can be seen, from goals made and missed to penalty kicks. There is also an option to skip the Highlights and see the final score of each match. The action continues through the brackets until the player’s selected side is eliminated or wins the Cup.

Two other features of Sensible Soccer relate to the Euro Cup Bonus. One is a button at the upper right of the main slot screen that allows the player to “buy” a bonus by paying 30 times the current stake. If this option is selected, no spinning of the reels is required and the player is prompted to select a team to back. There is also a Progressive Jackpot available on Sensible Soccer. It can be won during the Europe Cup matches if ten or more goals are scored in the selected team’s matches in one round.

Sensible Soccer can be played using the “Auto Plays” function. Clicking on the blue Auto Plays button below the second reel allows the player to select from 5 to 25 automated spins from a pop-up menu. There is also an option for “Until Bonus,” which will keep the reels spinning until one of the bonus features is won.

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