World Football Stars Slots
There are a number of football based games found at online casinos. Some of them are arcade type games, while you’ll also find a small number of slots. Many of these feature generic kits and fictional players, so it was something of a nice surprise to find a game which included real players. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Andrea Pirlo, Iker Casillas, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney all appear on the base reels, but you’ll find a number of other famous players during the bonus game (Neymar, Robin van Persie and Arjun Robben to name but three). The slot has two features – the Hall of Champions pick me bonus round and a free spins round where you’ll choose one of the players to be a wild.
The game itself is set in a stadium, with the top of the stands appearing just above the reels. Each of the player symbols shows a photo of the player alongside his national flag, with their name written in gold at the bottom. Alongside the players you’ll also find a number of playing card letters and numbers, each of these in bold, gold lettering, set against a blue background. You’ll hear the sound of the crowd throughout your time playing, while each spin sets off with a particularly distinctive popping noise (this isn’t football related, but it is certainly different!). The accompanying sound during the feature is much like one of those high tempo, uplifting national anthems from a smaller footballing country that you only hear once every four years at a World Cup.
How to Play & Real Money Versions of World Football Stars
This PlayTech slot game is a five reel one with a set number of 15 win lines and you’ll multiply your chosen coin size by this 15 to set your total stake for each spin. As well as hitting spin to start your game, there is a handy auto-play button which you can customize and the slot will play for that number of spins (the default amount is 10).
Goals will normally bring wins, but here you’ll need to land at least two footballers in a row from left to right on a win line to gain a win. This is all except Wayne Rooney, who looks like he might have been placed on the substitutes bench alongside the playing card symbols, as you’ll need to hit at least three of these symbols.
Apart from the wild, Lionel Messi is the highest paying symbol on the reels, being worth 1,000 coins for five in a row. Pirlo, Casillas, Schweinsteiger and Rooney pay 500, 400, 300 and 200 respectively for a full house, while the playing cards are worth between 150 and 100 coins.
It’s Cristiano Ronaldo who is deemed to be the most important player at the game (much to the annoyance of Lionel Messi I should imagine). He represents the wild symbol and will substitute for any other symbol on the reels apart from the scatter and the bonus. This is a stacked wild, so offers the chance of some very large wins. You’ll also find that Ronaldo is the highest paying symbol at the game, with 5000 coins coming your way for landing 5 in a row.
The game has two separate features. The first is activated when the ‘Top Trumps’ scatter symbol appears anywhere on the reels three times or more. At the start of the feature you’ll choose from a scrolling row of player pictures and whichever player you opt for will become an additional wild. You’ll now have 10 free spins with this added symbol, with the opportunity of gaining extra spins by landing the scatters again.
The second feature is activated by the golden football that appears on reels 1 and 5. Should it appear on both you’ll enter the ‘Hall of Champions Bonus’. You’ll be taken to a screen showing 16 players in a grid and you’ll have the opportunity of shuffling these players – this might be a good option of your favourite player isn’t in view. Having settled on your selection, you’ll pick 3 players and each will award either a cash prize or if you’re lucky, an extra pick.
This PlayTech game is one that will appeal to fans of football. The fact that real players appear is certainly a bonus, but it’s the gameplay that really makes the slot. With two separate bonus features and a stacked wild, there is always enough to keep the game fresh and maintain a high interest level. It’s certainly worth taking a shot at!