It's been a massive week if you are a football fan with the World Cup dominating the headlines around the world and the TV Schedules. Fans are already tipping who they think will win the tournament although many of the tournament's favorites are still waiting to win a game with Germany, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and Argentina all failing to win their opening fixture thus far.
With the tournament well underway in Russia, there is a surge of interest in football-themed slots and it just so happens that WGS Technology have been busy preparing their 2014-release, Super Soccer Slots for the mobile market. Well now that game is here and available to mobile customers as well as desktop players, so we thought now is as good a time as any to take a closer look at the slot itself.
The original slot was released in time for the last World Cup in Brazil, and rather than a reworking of the game, WGS Technology have simply worked on the code to enable it to be played on mobile devices.
The world has gone football mad over the past few days and exciting games such as Spain's 3-3 draw with Portugal and Mexico's stunning 1-0 win over World Cup holders Germany has whetted the appetite for slot players to enjoy a bit of football slots fun.
So the question is, does Super Soccer Slots deliver all the thrills and spills you would come to expect from a top soccer slot, or does this one fail to hit the back of the net?
Let's take a closer look at the game and find out.
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WGS Technology have decided on a more cartoon style approach to their Super Soccer Slots game and in truth, it works very well. It is rather simplistic and rather than go for the dramatic approach to the game, WGS Technology have worked on the more humorous, with the symbol of the player getting smacked in the face by the ball my personal favorite.
The sound is somewhat basic with just some 'football' themed sounds when you hit the spin and then some commentary based on what you land on the reels when you win. I have to be honest and say that the sound isn't great simply because the 'football' themed sounds are not particularly football themed sound and the commentary you trigger when you win has been voiced by someone with the enthusiasm of someone delivering a eulogy at a funeral.
A nice touch is that the game uses a football to trace out the winning lines when you land a winning spin and I felt that was a good idea in the game and the animations on the reels when you trigger wins are not too shabby either, however the game does feel like it was put together by a team that didn't really understand the nuances of the game of soccer, which is a bit of a shame.
What's on the reels?
As you would expect all the symbols are on a football theme, but rather disappointingly, WGS Technology have opted to still use the five playing card symbols (this time placed on the backdrop of a football) as the lower value symbols in the game. The 10, Jack and Queen are the lower paying symbols offering between 5 and 100 coin wins, while the Ace and King offer between 10 coins and 200 coins.
Higher value symbols are the cartoon-styled depictions of football players, referees and fans. There are a total of five of these symbols and the wins you can land range from 15 coins up to 1,000 coins. The top three highest paying symbols, the player scoring a goal, the USA fan and the red-card wielding referee also offer pays for just two symbols on a line (although these are the lowest value wins on the slot).
That said, you can win up to 1,000 coins using these symbols in the base game. However it should be noted that no three symbol win will offer you a return of more than you wager, as you need to wager 30 coins per spin and the largest 3-symbol win is 25 coins.
Alongside these symbols are three more symbols on the reels, a Wild, Scatter and Bonus all of which pertain to the main bonus features of the Super Soccer Slots slot.
The Wild symbol is the word Wild surrounded by a number of flags. This symbol serves a number of purposes. Firstly, it can be used to substitute for any of the standard symbols outlined above to land a win and when it does, it also acts as a multiplier ensuring that any win with a Wild is 2x the standard win amount. This is important especially on those lower value wins that are often less than your initial bet.
Furthermore, if you can land successive Wilds on a pay line then the Wilds also offer the highest value pays in the base game. You win 10 coins for 2 Wilds, 100 for three, 1,000 for four and the maximum 8,000 for landing five Wilds on a pay line from left to right.
Free Spins features
To trigger the Free Spins feature you need to land three or more of the goalkeeper scatter symbol anywhere across the reels. When you do, you will trigger the Free Spins bonus round which sees you awarded 10 Free Spins initially.
During Free Spins, you will receive a 3x multiplier on any win in the round and you can also re-trigger free spins in the bonus round by landing three or more scatters once again.
When you trigger the bonus game, you will also receive a cash prize of between 5x your total bet and 500x your bet, depending on how many scatters you land. Landing two scatters also offers a payout of 2x your total bet (60 coins).
Other bonus features
There are a couple of other features on the Super Soccer Slots game and the first of these is the Bonus game. This is triggered when you land the Bonus football symbol on the second and fourth reels on a single spin.
In this game, you are given a breakdown of a football tournament and you need to select a match and try and pick the winner of that game. For every winner you select, you'll win a cash prize and advance to the next round. Each time you win, you collect a cash prize.
Pick wisely during the bonus round and you can win up to 150 times your wager amount, offering you a sizable prize.
The other feature to note is the Coin Toss feature which is available each time you win a cash prize in the base game. In this game you toss a coin and pick which side the coin will land. Guess correctly and you will double your money, guess incorrectly and you will lose the winnings you just wagered.
Best feature of the Super Soccer Slots?
Super Soccer Slots is a game that is packed with features but for me the key feature in the game is the Wild symbol. That's because it is the most frequently used of the bonus features and it is key in offering the player some decent value wins in the base game, often turning a smaller win into a larger value win, especially on those wins where you receive back less than you bet.
The Free Spins bonus round is not particularly spectacular, and I would have liked to see a bit more excitement in this section. Indeed, it is hardly different to the base game although the 3x multiplier on all wins in Free Spins does make it considerably more profitable when you trigger it.
What does Super Soccer Slots lack?
I think the aggregate parts of the Super Soccer Slots game are all decent enough in their own right but somehow I think they have been packaged together rather poorly. It's rare that I criticize a game for something as simple as the presentation but I do feel that the Super Soccer Slots is a game that was put together by someone who doesn't have too great an idea of how soccer works, the passion and excitement involved in the game and in particular a World Cup Final tournament.
Super Soccer Slots is a decent enough slots game if you are not a particularly big fan of football and just enjoy slots with a good selection of bonus features and which offers generally lower variance in the game play. However, if you are a football fan seeking something that is fun to play but which captures the essence of a World Cup Finals, then I think Super Soccer Slots falls a good way short in that regard. World Cup football is about spectacle and excitement and unfortunately the Super Soccer Slots game falls well short on all three, although the excitement does improve when you trigger the Free Spins bonus game.
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