Football Slot Machine Review
The Football slot machine was created by 777igt and includes 5 reels and 25 paylines.
The title of the game might confuse Americans, but if you're from anywhere else in the world, you know football means soccer. Once you load the game screen, there is no question what this game is about.
777igt's Football slot is a redesigned version of their FIFA slot machine. You most likely weren't impressed with their FIFA game, but don't let that stop you from playing. The game creators made enormous improvements to the game's software, and the enhancements are a huge score.
This review covers:
- Sound effects
- Pay table
- Betting options
- Game rules
- Win frequency
Football Slot Machine Overview
As the game loads, you find yourself in a stadium packed with cheering fans. The music is booming through the speakers, and a soccer ball comes whirling at you and shatters the screen.
The reels drop in place, and the betting options and credit count appear around the reels' frame.
The color scheme is shades of blue, gray, and white, and there's a soccer ball swirling around the reels in the background.
You usually see the title somewhere at the top of the game, but the title is nowhere in the Football slot machine. Instead, you see totals for the progressive jackpots across the top.
This game has a sharp design and is a huge upgrade from 777igt's former football-themed slot.
The Football game's upbeat background music is the type of soundtrack you hear during real-life matches. While playing you feel you're immersed into the stands watching the players warm up for an intense match.
The slot has an announcer, who lets you know when you score a big win and will declare when you hit the bonus round and free spins round.
The animations in Football are more modern than those in the FIFA slot.
The coins drop into the credits bank which is now located at the top of the screen to the left of the reels. We like this better than when they bounced across the bottom of the screen in FIFA.
Not all the symbols animate, and the ones that do have only the slightest animations. This would be disappointing in other games.
But, we don't think more animations are necessary because this game has such a sleek, modern design.
The game also has specific animations for when you get a big payout or activate any of the bonus features. You hear the announcer's voice declare what you won, while balloons and fireworks flash across the screen. This occurs for scatter wins, large payouts, and bonus rounds.
Each bonus round also closes with a graphic announcing how many credits you won.
Since we're familiar with the FIFA game, we know that the animations for the bonus features in Football listed above are identical to those in FIFA. We're impressed with them in FIFA, but 777igt should have tweaked them to better fit the design of Football.
Football Pay Table and Graphics
The Football slot has all the classic game symbols.
The scoreboard and time clock is the symbol for the mega jackpot. You win the mega jackpot with 5 of these symbols.
The black and white striped referee jersey is for the mini jackpot. You need 5 of these symbols to win the jackpot.
The silver stop watch wins you the minor jackpot. Like the other 2 jackpots, you will need 5 of these symbols to win.
The shiny gold trophy with the star on the front is the scatter symbol in this game. Scatter payouts multiply by the total bet and get added to the win lines.
Your bet multiplies by 100 if you get 5 symbols, 30 if you get 4 symbols, and 5 if you get 3 symbols.
If you're playing the max bet of 50 coins, 5 scatter symbols gets you 5,000 credits, 4 gets you 1,500 credits, and 3 gets you 250.
The silver ref's whistle is the free spins symbol. The free spins whistle awards 5 spins for 3 icons, 10 for 4, and 15 for 5.
Your free spins play out automatically, and a title bar appears at the top of the reels to show you how many spins you have remaining. The announcer shows you the total win at the end of the round.
The multi-colored game ball triggers the bonus round. You activate the bonus game by seeing the ball anywhere on reels 3, 4, and 5.
The black and white game ball is the wild symbol. The wild ball can count as any of the other symbols to create a winning payout.
The wild cannot replace the scatter symbol, the 2 bonus round symbols, and the 3 jackpot symbols.
The game field will score you big credits. If you can hit this symbol, you get 200 credits for 5 symbols, 40 for 4, and 12 for 3.
The compass gets you 150 credits for 5 symbols, 40 for 4, and 12 for 3.
The white and blue football cleat will punt your bank up to 120 credits for 5 symbols, 30 for 4, and 12 for 3.
The Ace symbol wins you 100 credits for 5 symbols, 30 for 4, and 10 for 3.
The King symbol wins you 80 credits for 5 symbols, 25 for 4, and 10 for 3.
The Queen symbol wins you 60 credits for 5 symbols, 25 for 4, and 10 for 3.
The Jack symbol wins you 50 credits for 5 symbols, 20 for 4, and 10 for 3.
The 10 wins you the same as a "J."
We're disappointed to see the 10 and Jack symbols give out the same amount of credits.
Every aspect of this game screams soccer. From the background to the music to the perfectly-chosen symbols, you know what this game is about from the moment you load the screen.
The symbols are right on the money. The generic card symbols even use the typical block font displayed on scoreboards.
One detail we'll criticize is the double use of soccer balls for two different symbols. Although they're different types of balls and use different colors, the game's creators missed the opportunity to add another symbol.
Football Slot Bonus Features
We had high expectations for the bonus features in the Football slot after we the better game design.
But, we're disappointed to see all the bonus features are the same as in FIFA.
The payout structure, the beginning and closing graphics, and the design glitches are exactly the same as those in the previous version.
The scatter bonus feature rewards you a payout depending on the number of symbols on the reels, and scatters occur the most in the Football slot.
Landing 3 or more of the free spin symbol activates the free spin bonus. This bonus round plays out automatically, and a banner appears at the top of the screen to let you know how many spins you have remaining.
We're glad to see that the mini bonus game is enhanced for the Football slot machine.
But, we're disappointed because there's a design malfunction.
The mini game takes you to a different screen with a team of 9 soccer players standing in front of an empty goal. The screen instructs you to select one of the players to kick the penalty shot. If the player makes the goal, the mini game continues. If the player misses the goal, you're taken back to the base game.
A pop-up box provides the instructions for the bonus game. There is an X at the top left corner to exit the instructions and play the game. Much to our dismay, you cannot click on the exit button.
The game is on a self-timer and continues on its own several seconds after activation. You still receive a nice-sized reward once the bonus round is over but it's almost a disgrace to refer to this mini round as a game.
This could be a great game if all its parts worked the way they should, so we hope 777igt fixes this defect soon.
Although the bonus game is disappointing, we were glad to see a game with several bonus features. You usually hit at least one of these bonuses every 20-25 spins.
The Football slot defaults to playing 25 pay lines, with a 0.01 bet per line, and a max overall bet of 0.25.
The game allows a minimum of 0.01 and a maximum of 2 per line, and you can increase your overall max bet up to 50.
You can alter bet lines in increments of 5.
The game has an auto spin option like other online slots. Auto spin lets you choose the number of spins in increments of 10, up to 50, with an option for infinity as well. If you choose to play with unlimited spins, you can stop at any time by clicking the stop button at the bottom right of the screen.
You can adjust the sound by toggling the volume bar in the top left corner.
The music isn't as bad as some slots on the market, but we did have to turn the music down, as it seems to be much louder than most default volumes.
Football's win frequency was above average for a 25 pay line slot.
We didn't get to claim any of the progressives, but you hit payouts often in this game.
Football doesn't have specific rules outlined, but if you're familiar with online slots, you should have no problem getting into the swing of things.
777igt scored big with the Football slot.
You feel like you're at the biggest match of the season from the moment that soccer ball comes whirling toward you.
The graphics, background, and music combine to create a fantastic online gaming experience.
Football is almost the total package if you ask us. Few online games can boast a fantastic design and large payouts at the same time; you usually end up sacrificing one or the other.
The only issue we have is with the mini game glitches. And, if 777igt fixes that, this game will be even more of a knock-out.
Next time you're looking for a new game, check this one out.