Sensible Soccer Euro Cup Slot
Back in the early 1990’s “Sensible Soccer” was a smash hit computer game. This took you through a cup tournament, and featured game-play where you could challenge friends. Ash Gaming has now come up with two slots which will bring memories flooding back for those who remember Sensible Soccer. The one I am reviewing here is the ‘Euro Cup’ version – the other one goes international with the ‘World Cup’ edition.
There are a lot of flash backs to the original computer game – as well as the chance of some big slot wins. You’ll find pixelated graphics, a cup tournament game as the main bonus round – and free spins where you can select characters with different extras. You’ll see plenty of action from the original game, though for those who prefer to see how much they won quickly, it is also possible to cut out the replays.
The Pitch: Sensible Soccer Euro Cup Slot Setup
The reels are semi-transparent, and are set in a goal mouth, with the grass visible and the crowd behind. There are 25 fixed win-lines, which you can bet on for 1c per line and up from there. You will see a progressive jackpot ticking up above the reels. Next to this is a ‘Buy Bonus’ button, which allows you access to the bonus game at any point – for a price!
While the focus is on the two bonus features, there are plenty of ways to win via line hits. The Sensible Soccer logo will get you the biggest prize. This is worth 5000 coins for 5 on a line, 500 for 4 and 100 coins for just 3. A view from above a packed stadium is next at 1000 coins, then a pixelated referee’s whistle. Playing card symbols make up the smaller and more regular wins.
There are 3 wild symbols, two of which are players, and the other a fan (‘the fanatic’). These appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 only. They substitute for all the regular symbols. You will meet these characters again in the free spins bonus game.
The only other symbols on the reels are a pixelated ball, which triggers the free spins, and a gold cup – which triggers the tournament bonus game.
Pick Your Team – The Sensible Soccer Euro Tournament Bonus Game
Hitting the cup symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 takes you to one of the most complex and interesting slot bonus games around. The first screen sees a list of teams on the left and prizes for hitting the different rounds of the tournament on the right. You can pick from the tournament favorites (for example Real Madrid or Manchester United), though to outsiders like Sparta Moscow, with many others in between. Each team comes with a multiplier on the round win amounts, depending on their strength.
At this point you will also have a chance to see the highlights of each match or skip these and just get the results.
If you choose the highlights, you will see which team you are drawn against, and then watch a minute or so of a ‘Sensible Soccer’ match, where (usually) both teams score some goals. You then see the results of the other teams in the same contest appear. Each match until the final is played out over 2 legs.
As you move through the tournament you will see your teams name appearing on a chart. You will play the winners of the other matches. Your eventual prize will depend on how far in the competition your team gets, and the multiplier assigned to them.
As an extra, you can win the progressive jackpot if the total goals over 2 legs of a match is more than 10.
Free Spins Bonus with Extra Character Features
3 pixelated soccer balls get you to the free spins bonus games. Here the characters from the wild symbols in the base game come into their own. You get to choose from 3 different types of free spins, with different extras. These are:
- The Banker: 15 spins, if the banker appears on reel 2, then one or more reels go completely wild.
- The Fanatic: 10 spins, if the fanatic appears on reel 3, then the symbols either side of him and below the symbols to the side will turn wild.
- The Wobbler: 20 spins, is the wobbler appears on reel 4 then random symbols will be turned wild.
Deliberately Pixelated Design
The designers of this game have made a real effort to recreate the feeling of the original game. There are multiple touches which bring this to life, including the crowd and symbols with jagged square edges. You’ll see the game played during the bonus round – along with the crowd and kicking sound effects.
Is Playing this Slot the ‘Sensible’ Choice?
For anyone who enjoyed the original game, this is a must-play. Ash Gaming have managed to bring the concept to life – while maintaining the excitement of a real money slot. The progressive jackpot, and the chance of big wins if your team win the European cup make for some engaging game play. If you are too young to remember the original game, it is still worth a spin. The retro feel and bonus games are good enough to stand alone, so even if you were not playing Sensible Soccer 25 years ago, this slot is still worth a spin.