Football: Champions Cup is powered by Net Entertainment and is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot that is playable across desktop, mobile and tablet devices. Playable from 20p to £100 a spin, the game was released just before the Euro 2016 competition – the theme is obvious as you get to choose your team (i.e. country).
Most sports-themed slots are a let-down but this game has a couple of superb bonus features and the ability to win big. When it comes to graphics, it looks great with symbols on the reels including cups, footballs, boots, gloves and shirts – it’s not the best looking game produced by NetEnt but don’t let that put you off. In the base game, look out for overlay wilds as between 2 and 5 of them can appear – they appear randomly and can really boost your winning potential.
When it comes to bonus features, you have the Penalty Shootout Bonus feature which is triggered by getting 3 or more Bonus symbols anywhere on the reels. This is a pick and click penalty shootout game with 5 rounds – each round consists of 2 parts.
Firstly, you pick 1 of the 4 positions in the goal to try and score – then you act as a goalkeeper and pick 1 of the 4 positions to try and save your opponent’s shot. If you score, your team’s score will increase by 1 (with a cash prize awarded).
If you save your opponent’s shot, a win multiplier is awarded – if you don’t save your opponent’s shot, their score increases by 1. There are 5 rounds with an additional round played if the teams are level – this continues until 1 team wins.
Now, the number of Bonus symbols used to trigger the feature is important – 3 will give you a multiplier between 1x and 12x whilst 4 Bonus symbols will give you a multiplier between 3x and 14x. If you managed to trigger the feature with 5 Bonus symbols, the multiplier will be between 5x and 16x!
There is also a Free Spins feature which is played when 3 or more Cup scatter symbols appear anywhere on the 3 middle reels – you are taken to a Free Spins Tournament which is the same as the knockout stage in a football tournament.
Each free spins round is a separate football game – you will make it to the next round if you win the match therefore reactivating the Free Spins. Your goal is to win the tournament with cash prizes for 3rd, 2nd and 1st place. There are 4 free spins rounds with 16 teams playing in the last 16, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Final.
Each round consists of 6 free spins – wilds and Scoring Wilds (Blue and Red ones) appear on the reels which will give you or your opponent goals. Blue wilds landing on reels 1 and 2 will give your team a goal whilst Red wilds landing on reels 4 and 5 give your opponent a goal.
Apart from the wins generated from the free spins, prizes are awarded for 3rd, 2nd and 1st place in the tournament – 3rd place gets a 20x stake cash prize whilst 2nd place takes home a 100x stake cash prize. If you win the tournament, you will win 500 times your stake!
Football: Champions Cup may be a little cheesy but it’s definitely a good slot – I consider it to be a medium variance game with potential wins, per spin, of up to 1,051 times your stake. I found the bigger wins to come in the Free Spins feature naturally, especially if you win the tournament – I’ve won just over 3,270 times my stake in the feature before. Let’s just hope you can guide your team to victory!