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Here in India, soccer isn’t as big of a deal as it is in Europe. But when the world cup rolls around, the craze doesn’t escape us, either. If nothing else, our local gamblers will spend hours researching to create the perfect betting slip. The slot also allows you to choose multiple national teams, but sadly, India isn’t among the available flags.
While there’s no music playing, you can hear the cheers and shouts of a stadium crowd. Football: Championship Cup’s RTP is 96.82%, which is higher than the current average. We quite like the special features this NetEnt release offers. There’s a point-and-click penalty bonus, free spins with a unique way of awarding turns, and overlay Wilds. You’ll have to make use of all three if you plan on winning the jackpot, worth over 3000x your total stake!
It may not be the most popular theme, but it was still done well. Symbols don’t have amazing animations, but they get the job done. Instead, the focus of the art team went into special features. Making the goalkeeper move realistically, and the ‘football match’ that’s played during free spins. If you hope to win big in this game, you will have to make use of the special features. If you like chasing bonuses, you will enjoy this NetEnt release.
Football: Championship Cup has a medium to high variance. It’s somewhat grindy, but the jackpot is more than worth the trouble. Special features are the bread and butter of this slot, and free spins are a class above everything else. The prizes you get from winning the tournament are incredible. Add them with all the wins you get while playing the free spins, and you’ll find your balance deep in the green!
Your coin value can be set between ₹1.00 and ₹50.00 per spin. By changing your bet level and coin value, you can also make adjustments to your total bet. You can wager as little as ₹20, or you can go all out and stake ₹1000 for each spin. This is a great betting spread for both casual players and high rollers. Mid-range gamblers will also be happy, since they have plenty of wagers to choose from between the two extremes.
The icon design is good, but there’s no eye-catching symbols available. Low paying icons include playing card royals. Meanwhile, medium win symbols include a referee’s whistle, a goalkeeper’s gloves, sneakers, a team jersey, and a dribbling player. A soccer ball is the Wild, a golden cup is the Scatter, and the word Bonus is the Bonus icon. You can win a jackpot worth over 3000x your total bet, but only by using the free spins.
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Free Spins: Collect three Scatters on the second, third and fourth reel to activate this special feature. Gamblers get to play up to four free spins rounds with six extra turns in each one. During each round, Blue and Red Wilds appear on the board. Blue Wilds on the first and second reel means your team scored. Meanwhile, Red Wilds on the fourth and fifth reel gives their team a goal instead.
After each round is played, the scores are compared. If your team wins, you advance to the next round. Finishing in the top three spots means you get a solid cash prize on top of all your existing wins.
Bonus Game: Collect three or more Bonus symbols in any position to trigger this special feature. It’s a two part bonus which simulates a penalty shoot-out. During the first part, you choose where to kick the ball to avoid the goalkeeper and score a goal. Then, in part two, you take the goalkeeper’s position, and try to predict where the enemy will kick the ball. Each time you successfully score, you get a coin win, while each successful block increases your win multiplier.
The graphics are good, but they’re nothing to write home about. Compared to other NetEnt releases, they’re average at best. A nice touch would have been to change the colour of the jerseys, gloves and other icons to match the country you chose.
The special features can be a bit confusing at first, but you get used to them quickly. Football: Championship Cup certainly lives up to its volatility. It can be incredibly difficult to win anything. But once you break the curse, your pockets will be a lot heavier then what you started playing.