Football: Champions Cup

Football: Champions Cup

The latest addition to Netent’s massive online slot collection, Football: Champions Cup, arrived on our screens a couple of weeks before the start of Euro 2016, the event which it’s based on. Players would have had plenty of time to get some practice whilst waiting for the big tournament to be underway in France.

The slot has 5 reels, 3 rows and 20 paylines, as well as some interesting features, free spins and a bonus round. Before spinning the reels for the first time, players are given the option to pick a team among those featuring at Euro 2016 or let the game choose one randomly.

One can even change teams during the base game, but in any case all teams are equal in this game and whatever flag is selected won’t affect the odds of winning. The biggest underdogs can dream big like never before, punters won’t know what’s hit them!

The graphics are neat but very simple, with icons looking a little too modest perhaps. The bonus game looks like a video game from 90s, bringing back fond memories. The soundtrack consists of some cheering in the background with non-football related jingles accompanying winning combos. The support gets louder in the bonus rounds, as one would hope.

This game should attract players of all levels, with a highest bet per spin of 200 credits, which will please high rollers, and a minimum bet of 0.20 credits, which will make low rollers happy. Add to that the football-related theme, the various special features and the bonus games, and we have a winner!

Important Symbols

The main symbols are represented by footballs and a trophy cup. There are different wilds, all of them in the shape of a football but with different coloured logos. The scoring wilds only appear during the free spins round, whereas the Overlay Wild appears (between 2 and 5 of them) in the base game and can replace all other symbols but Scatters and Bonus symbols.

The overlay feature increases the chances of winning big prizes, as these gold wild symbols have the power to transform adjacent symbols into wilds too.

The scatter is a golden trophy cup, and it’s the key to reaching the free spins round, just like bonus symbols are needed to activate the bonus game. In both cases 3 symbols of the same kind are required.

Potential Winnings

Payouts are awarded for a minimum of three symbols of a kind from the first reel on the left. The highest paying symbol is the golden wild, which awards 2,000 coins per bet level when five such symbols appear on the reels. This is followed by the red player icon at 1,000 coins.

But it’s thanks to the free spins and the bonus round that players can aim for the ultimate trophy worth 210,350 coins!

Bonus Features

There are 2 exciting bonus features in this game. The penalty shootout bonus game is triggered when three or more bonus symbols appear on the reels during the main game. There are two rounds each in turn divided into 5 rounds (the number of penalties).

In the first part the player will try to score by choosing one of 4 areas where to click and shoot; the second part follows the same pattern but the roles are reversed, in that here the player will act as a goalkeeper and decides where to dive to save the shots.

Here comes into play a multiplier, which depends on the number of bonus symbols which activated the bonus feature. This action-packed bonus game is reminiscent of the classic arcade style football games, making it an even more thrilling experience!

The Free Spins Tournament feature is activated when three golden trophy symbols land anywhere on the three middle reels. This is when the knockout stage of the tournament begins. This tournament sees the appearance of scoring wilds (alongside regular wilds), which trigger goals for either team depending on where they land.

The first team to score 7 goals wins the round. Each round consists of 6 free spins. Players will win rewards every time they qualify to the next stage. Play starts in the last 16 of the tournament and can go all the way through to the final, which means that the maximum number of rounds is 4.

On top on any wins generated from the free spins, there are extra coin prizes for 3rd, 2nd and 1st place in the tournament in the form of bet multipliers of x20, x100 and x500 respectively. ‘Play beautiful’? Nah, result is all that matters here!

Payout Percentage Software Free Spins Min.Bet Max.Bet
96.82% NetEnt yes 0.20 100.00

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Game Settings and How To Play

Before you start playing, select the coin value and the number of coins you are betting with (bet level, between 1 and 10) using the appropriate buttons. Coin values range from 0.01 to 0.50 and bets, with a fixed wager of 20 coins per level, range from €/£0.20 to €/£100.

There’s not much room for customisation, due to limited game settings options. Game history can be accessed when playing for real money. Common features such as Quick Spin, Max Bet and an Autoplay are also available in this game.

You can set a number of automatic spins (10 – 1,000), sit back and relax whilst the reels keep spinning. Autoplay can be disabled at any time, or it can be set to automatically stop according to cash winnings or losses, or whenever you win or hit the bonus.

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