It’s time to get padded up and head to the ice in Hockey League, a 5 reel, 20 payline slot from Pragmatic Play. The action here takes place on the rink rather than the grass and comes with dual wild and scatter symbols and a free spins feature. Face off from between 20p and £100 per spin.
An ice hockey arena is the setting for Hockey League – the reels are set against a view from the back row of the stands. Symbols include lower value playing cards alongside a trio of players. The ref (in the black and white stripes) is the most rewarding of the standard symbols – 5 on a payline awards 25, 75 or 500 coins. The trophy symbol is 1 of 2 wilds – 3, 4 or 5 of these in 1 of the 20 paylines will net you 50, 150 or 1,000 coins.
The second wild is the hockey puck – this serves a dual purpose, acting as a scatter as well as substituting for all other symbols. 3, 4 or 5 anywhere on the reels and you’ll earn 2, 20 or 200 times your stake. You’ll also trigger the Most Valuable Player Bonus feature.
Here you’ll be awarded 10 free spins – before they begin, 1 of the players or the ref will be chosen at random. This symbol will then pay out scatter style during the feature. This symbol doesn’t have to appear in paylines, 3 or more anywhere on the reels will get you the standard payouts. Hit 3or more pucks and you’ll retrigger the feature and be awarded another set of 10 free spins (giving you 20 in total).
Hockey League is an entertaining enough slot – visually, we’d rate it somewhere in the middle of the pack. The organ heavy soundtrack and slaps of the puck on the backboards build a good atmosphere though. The gameplay is relatively simple too. The free spins came along at regular intervals and delivered a steady stream of lower value payouts. We’d put the variance in the low to medium range.
If you’re a fan of the NHL, then you’ll find plenty to like in this virtual trip to the ice. It’s not the most complex of games but if you get lucky with the scatters in the feature round, it could turn into a winning performer. You can also try the sequel, Hockey League Wild Match, which is better.