Wild animals host their own version of football’s World Cup is the unlikely back story to Hot Shots, a 5 reel, 243 ways to win slot from iSoftBet. Highlights of this particular tournament include wilds that expand vertically and horizontally whenever they hit plus a bonus round that awards up to 20 free spins with all payouts trebled. Play from between 25p and £125 per spin.

A sandy football pitch in a woodland clearing forms the backdrop to the reels here. You’ll see A to 9 playing cards alongside 5 animals, each of them representing a famous footballing country. There’s a cockerel in a beret for France, a bulldog drinking a cuppa for England, a bull with a fan for Spain and a big cat with a samba drum for Brazil. The best of these standard symbols is the Russian big bear who’ll get you 8 times your stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 in combination. Helping to create winning combinations is the wild which can land on reels 2, 3 and 4 only – when it hits, it expands both vertically and horizontally to create a cross shape.

The main feature offering comes from hitting 3, 4 or 5 Hot Shots logo scatters on the same spin. As well as a payout of 4, 6 or 10 times your total stake, you’ll also trigger the Free Spins feature where you’ll receive 10, 15 or 20 free spins. All payouts during the feature are boosted by a 3x multiplier and are trebled. You can expect the wild to land more regularly during the feature too.

Hot Shots is a simple but entertaining game – the cartoon visuals are well done and you’ll hear the roar of the crowd and blasts from the referee’s whistle as you spin. The best action undoubtedly comes in the Free Spins feature where the expanding wilds and 3x multiplier can combine to excellent effect.

If you’re looking for a simple, action-packed game to get you in the mood for this summer’s World Cup then Hot Shots should do the trick. Alternatively, Bicicleta by Yggdrasil Gaming is excellent as it’s highly volatile.