Football Themed Online Slot GamesBy: Mark Freedman, Thursday April 29th 2010
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It is 42 days to the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and time for football loving slots players to dig out the football themed online slots games. This is just the right prescription to be prepared for the frenzy that will envelope the world from June 11 to July 11.
Football Rules is a slot game from Playtech. The football atmosphere is evoked through the green background and symbols like Football Shirts, Goal Keeper, Referee, Fan, Stadium, Trophy and Football. Players can listen to the crowds cheer when winning combinations are formed. There are some realistic animations like the referee showing the red card. The trophy symbol appearing on reels 1 and 5 triggers the bonus game on the second screen in which the player has to take the penalty kicks and try to beat goalkeeper. The player’s success will determine the number of free spins awarded and also the multiplier. Football Rules also offers Playtech’s popular Dollar Ball Jackpot, which for an extra $1 bet opens up a progressive jackpot. This is a lotto type side game in which the player picks 5 out of 49 numbers. Then the chosen numbers must match the 5 numbers drawn randomly. The progressive jackpot is hit if all 5 numbers match. For fewer matches there are smaller prizes.
Cryptologic has released a football themed game called Free Kick. The symbols on the reels are the usual football items. French players will love this game because the football player symbol resembles Platini. This symbol offers the highest fixed jackpot of 5000 coins. One of the features in this game is that combinations pay right to left as well as left to right. Red and yellow cards are anathema in the real football game, but are an attraction in Free Kick. They are scatter symbols and two or more cards of any color offer scatter payouts. As in Football Rules slot game, players have to beat the goalkeeper with penalty kicks. The difference is that the prizes are not free spins but bonus credits. The Yellow Card bonus feature offers 5 shots on the goal with each successful attempt paying 3 times the triggering bet. The Red Card bonus feature offers 8 shots on the goal with each successful attempt paying 5 times the triggering bet.
Microgaming, the leading online gaming software provider, cannot be left behind. Its football themed video slot game World Cup Mania was released on the occasion of the last FIFA World Cup in 2006. This slot game focuses more on the non-football enjoyment of the matches, mainly the snacks and drinks. There are fries, burgers, pizzas, hot dogs and beer. And a fog horn for cheering your side. The bold bright graphics result in a vibrant environment, which is enhanced by the audio sounds of the referee’s whistle and the crowd cheering. As in the other two football themed slot games, the bonus game has the player taking shots at the goal. However the goal keeper does not stop the football, but the player gets random bonus credits depending on which corner of the net he hits the ball in.
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