We recently reviewed and added Fisticuffs to the selection here at MobileCasino.net and one of the big takeaways was that boxing fans might like it simply because there are not really any other boxing themed slots out there and it becomes the cream of the crop by default. Here on Football – Champions Cup, however, it is a totally different story. Football is probably more popular as a slots theme than any other sport, and for obvious reasons, but even with plenty of competition out there, we can still see NetEnt pulling this one out of the bag, even with a relative lack of sports slots pedigree to their name.
What to Expect
The game was released to tie in with Euro 2016, and the good news for England fans is that we did not notice Iceland being mentioned specifically! NetEnt was not the only developer to take this opportunity – we were also treated to the likes of Bicicleta from Yggdrasil around the same time, and they too are not exactly at the top of the pile when it comes to sporting slots achievements! That was a good game, but we think that this one might well be better thanks to a mix of classic mobile slots gameplay and some immersive features.
There are twenty win lines in play on the main game board and players will be able to benefit from some decently valuable symbols and also the football wild card. There is a random chance on each spin for the wild overlay to come into effect too and this will see between two and five footballs entering the board while the reels are still rolling. There is no telling how beneficial these balls will be, but they are a nice addition nonetheless.
We then move on to two themed bonus rounds and we will kick off with the penalty shootout feature. Land three or more bonus symbols at once and this will then come into play. It is simple enough as a pick a win round, as you can choose one of four areas of the goal to aim at. Score, and you win cash, but a save will make that kick worthless. It is then the opponent’s turn and if they score, nothing really happens, but if you save it, you will increase your own multiplier by one. This continues through five kicks each, although in a nod to the proper rules, if the scores are tied at this point, the round enters sudden death, but that is basically just an opportunity to win even more cash. It is also worth noting that the more symbols trigger this feature, the bigger the potential multipliers can be.
Finally, we reach what we believe to be the pinnacle of this game, that being the free spins tournament. Sure, it is just free spins at heart, but there is even a themed twist here too. A scatter is required on reels two, three and four at the same time, and it will launch a game consisting of four rounds, each with six spins. However, just like in the Euros, there is no guarantee of making it past the first round – you actually have to win the match.
When the free spins take place, you will find two extra wilds added to the board, one red and one blue, with the former representing your team. When they land, they could well be helpful as wilds, but they also represent a goal being scored. You need to actually score the most goals, meaning more red wilds than blue ones, in order to progress to the next round and grab more free spins. If you manage, as a side effect, to finish first, second or third in the tournament, then you will win 500, 100 and twenty times your bet as an extra prize, on top of anything won during the free spins themselves.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
We entered this review with plenty of experience of Football – Champions Cup having played it online many times while the tournament was on. We were somewhat confident in the introduction that this was the best football slot around, even in the face of competition from the aforementioned Bicicleta and games like Football Star from Microgaming. Having played through it again for a few hours for this review, we definitely think that this is the case, so if you want to combine football action and quality slots gaming, Football – Champions Cup is definitely the slot to check out at the great mobile casinos above.