Fisticuffs was actually one of NetEnt’s first mobile slot releases, predating even some of the biggest names that the company has to offer. It has never exactly set the world alight in terms of popularity, and will never be in the same conversation as the likes of Starburst, but what it does have going for it is the fact that aside from some of Aristocrat’s land based slots, this is the only boxing slot that comes to mind. You won’t find Anthony Joshua and David Haye on these reels, partly because the game is not licensed and partly because it is set around the time that the Queensberry Rules were drafted, but with limited choice, boxing fans in particular will want to see just what this game is all about.
What to Expect
As great as NetEnt is as a developer, even they are not immune from time ticking on their games and Fisticuffs does come across from the outset as being rather dated – and not just because it is set over a century ago. The graphical flair is not really there, and there is nothing too special to the base gameplay to warrant the use of just ten lines.
Fortunately, where the base gameplay falls down somewhat, the features are there to pick up the slack. There is a wild card on the board and it can become a stacked wild during the main event of the game, which also takes place within the confines of the base game board. The first job for players is to land the smaller of the boxers diagonally to the larger one, or the larger one next to the smaller one. Either way, a boxing match ensues. One will punch the other and any symbols that get in the way of that punch will immediately turn wild. Any wilds on the board after this will then stick in place as one free respin is awarded, and it is on that respin that players may find themselves landing full stacks of wild symbols on reels one or five – or even both.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
When it comes down to it, you need to be a boxing fan to appreciate Fisticuffs as a NetEnt slot, and even then, it comes out as the best by default because the competition didn’t show up. As a standalone game, there are just so many more interesting and exciting slots on offer at NetEnt mobile casinos that we can’t really think of a good reason to play this one over any of them and can only consider this game as being no more than average in a modern context.