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Evolution of Football Themed Slots Online

By: Joan Peppin, Monday June 25th 2012
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Football is a very popular theme for slots games at online casinos. From early times in the evolution of online casinos, software providers have launched football themed slots games. But as the technology improved and with increasing competition the football themed online slot games became more innovative and more exciting. This article tracks the changes incorporated in football themed slots games over the years.

Football Rules from Playtech and Free Kick from Cryptologic were among the first football themed online slots. They were very similar in content. They use as symbols on the reels various aspects of the football game. These included spectator, trophy, stadium, goalie, football, referee, jerseys, football player, whistle, boots and red and yellow cards. Free Kick is set in the background of the stadium and Football Rules in the background of the field. Football Rules has some animations that make the game come alive. The goalie dives to collect the ball and the referee flashes the red card. Both football themed slot games have a bonus game that simulates a free kick. The player selects a spot in the goal and the ball is kicked there. If the goalie cannot stop it then a goal is scored and the player gets the benefit. In Football Rules the player is awarded free spins with a multiplier. In Free Kick the player is awarded bonus credits.

When Playtech launched its Top Trumps series, a major change was introduced in football themed online slots. The exact likenesses of the football stars appeared as symbols on the reels. In Top Trumps Football Legends are the superstars of yesteryears. Pele is the wild symbol. Other legends include Charlton, Platini and Beckenbauer. Top Trumps World Football Stars features the current players at the time of the release. But it added a twist that made the slot game more interesting. Players can choose the two competing teams. Three players from each team appear as symbols on the reels. The players of one team pay left to right and those of the other team pay right to left. Even a mixed combination of players from the same team results in payouts.

Choosing teams was then taken up in many later football themed online slots games. One such game is Football Fans from Playtech. The high value card symbols are then painted with colors of that country’s flag. There are two new football themed features in Football Fans. In the free spins, after every spin penalty kicks randomly turn up to three symbols on the reels into wilds. The Grab A Beer feature has become popular because of its interactive nature. Players can place a golden circle on any of the 15 spots on the reels. If after the spin the beer symbol appears under the circle the player wins three times the total bet.

Cryptologic Football Frenzy also allows players to choose a team. The flag of the chosen team appears on the reels and the background of many symbols display the flag as well. In the free spins an opponent team’s flag also makes an appearance. Every time the chosen flag appears on the reels the home team scores a goal. Every time the other flag appears on the reels the opponent scores a goal. If the home team has the higher score the player is paid twice the triggering bet in addition to the free spin wins. If the opponent wins then the player is paid the triggering bet.

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