If you are an avid football fan – like I am – you are probably still trying to come to terms with the fact that Italy isn’t going to play in the 2018 World Cup. If you’ve been following football closely, you’ll know how sad this is because it’s the first time in sixty years – a fete that saw their head coach Gian Piero been axed on November 13.
Most of the soccer fans are wondering what team they’ll be supporting once the 2018 FIFA World Cup officially kicks off in Russia on 14th June 2018.
Just a quick recap of something really important: Italy has won the World four times earning them the title of one of the most accomplished football teams of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The team has also qualified for all FIFA World Cup competitions since 1958. Furthermore, the country has local teams such as Juventus, Inter Milan, and AC Milan, who have been winning tournaments that they’ve participated in over the past few years.
But it’s not only Italy that’s considered a great team that won’t be playing in the 2018 World Cup. Other prolific teams such as Ghana, Chile, the United States and Holland won’t be part of the 32 teams that will be partaking in the tournament.
However, all is not lost. If you are a diehard football fan, you can support other teams and also play some of the football-themed slots developed by top software providers. If you aren’t sure of the best football-themed slot machines, we’ve compiled a list below.
Dribble for Wins with World Cup Mania
The name betrays the game right from the word go. The 5-reel by 15-payline gives you – the player – and any soccer fan out there more reasons to play and join in on the fan. World Cup Mania has some of the following in-game features that will help you score cash-wielding goals on the reels:
- A wild symbol that replaces all other symbols to form more winning combinations on the reels.
- A scatter symbol represented by the ref’s whistle. Land at least 3 on the reels and you’ll be awarded 10 free spins. Wins during the free spins are subjected to a 3× multiplier.
- What I however liked is the Free Kick bonus round, which is triggered once you land at least 5 gold winner’s trophies across the reels from left to right in succession. During this game, you should beat the goalie to the free kick shots, and you could earn as much as €125 from 12 shots!
Therefore, if you fancy a fast-paced game which emulates all the trademarks of football along with external activities associated with fans in the stands, this is the game for you!
Shoot! For Juicy Bonuses & Massive Wins!
Any football fan worth his salt will definitely know and love the iconic Shoot! Magazine, which remained to be one of UK’s largest and most popular football publications. To immortalise this fan’s favourite magazine, Microgaming has brought together the sights, sounds and images from across the magnificent eras of football so that you can enjoy a blast from the past!
Shoot is a 50-payline slot filled with color and different bonus rounds including the following:
- Trade ‘Em Bonus Round: Gives you the opportunity of picking up 4 out of 12 cards in order to collect treasured tokens or coins and thus receive extra bonuses.
- Magazine Bonus Round: This just happens to be one of the ‘extra bonuses’ that comes from the Take Em bonus game. During this round, you have the opportunity of selecting the winning editions from the golden oldies and you are carded by the ref, which of course indicates the end of a game.
- Lastly, there’s the free spins bonus which lets you receive up to 35 free spins and a 2× multiplier on your wins.
Penalty Shoot Out!
If you’ve been searching for a video slot game that combines the thrill of playing in an online casino and the excitement experienced at a football field, then you should start playing Penalty Shoot Out! Designed with sports fans and avid slots lovers in mind, you’ll find the different features of this game very captivating. Some of the things I liked about this game include the following:
- A high Return To Player percentage of between 96.3% to 97.4%. As usual, any video slot with this high RTP means better chances of you winning.
- Compatible with different mobile devices. Windows, Blackberry, iPhone, Samsung among many others. The graphics are okay, which makes this game load very fast on whatever phone you are using.
- If you search for games with plenty of in-game features, then Penalty Shoot Out will do for you! Bonus rounds (there are three in total), crisp graphics, and easy to follow instructions.