Football Fans

Published: 07/01/2013

As part of its spring line-up of new slot applications for 2012, Playtech introduced yet another football themed game—Football Fans. It joins Football Rules and the two Top Trumps versions, Football Stars and Football Legends, to create the greatest variety of football slot options offered by any software developer on the Internet, and all four games are available on bet365.

Football Fans has a 5-reel, 20-payline format. Before the game begins, the player must select one of six sides to cheer for—England, Germany, France, Sprain, Brazil or Argentina. Based on the selection, the card value symbols on the reels, Nines through Aces, will appear in that team’s colours. A wager denomination must also be selected, from €0.20 to €500, thus making the maximum bet a whopping €10,000 per spin.

Other symbols appearing on the reels include the Air Horn, Top Hat, Bikini Girls and Howling Fans. Winning combinations of these symbols start at just two matches and they pay from 2 to 1,000 times the line bet. The Blazing Soccer Ball is wild and substitutes for all symbols except the Football Fans scatter. Catching 2, 3, 4 or 5 Blazing Soccer Balls on an active payline awards a multiplier of 25X, 250X, 1000X or 5000X, respectively.

Whenever 2, 3, 4 or 5 Football Fans scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels, a payout is made times the total wager of 1X, 3X, 20X or 100X, respectively. Catching three or more Football Fans scatter symbols activates the Penalty Kicks bonus feature—10 Free Games with Random Wilds. Up to three wilds are “kicked” onto the reels randomly at the end of each spin. Although there is no bonus multiplier in this game, the scatter symbols do appear on the reels during the Penalty Kicks bonus, so the free spins can be retriggered indefinitely.

Another special symbol that appears on the reels is the Cold Beer. Awards of 5X, 50X, 150X or 500X are paid for matching 2, 3, 4 or 5 such symbols on an active payline. However, this symbol also plays another roll. The player has the option to “target” the Cold Beer symbol by using an interactive feature called “Grab a Beer.” Before each spin, a gold circle appears on one of the fifteen reel positions. The player can click a different position to move the gold circle there. If a Cold Beer symbol shows up in the targeted spot, three times the total bet is awarded.

The Autoplay button appears under the fourth reel in this game. Clicking on it reveals the pop-up menu options for 10, 25, 50 or 99 automatic spins. Also included is an option called “Until Feature.” Selecting this will allow unlimited automatic spins until the Penalty Kicks bonus feature is activated. Those who take their slot play seriously can thus use Autoplay to skip straight to the bonus, which can be a big time-saver during long periods of play.

In several ways, Football Fans is an upgrade on Playtech’s other football themed games. In terms of the animation and audio quality, it is much more advanced than Football Rules, for example. The Howling Fans get loud and rowdy, while the Bikini Girls have their own unique way of celebrating a score. The interactive nature of the Grab a Beer feature also adds a new level of excitement to the game. And the ultra-high wagering level should appeal to high-rolling fans of football.

Published on: 07/01/2013

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