Get World Cup fever in The Champions, a football themed slot from Pragmatic Play. Highlights here include the Momentum Progressive Game feature where your wins are multiplied by up to 20x as well as a Penalty Shots Bonus feature where prizes of 100 times your stake can be won. Play on all devices from between 25p and £125 per spin.

The first choice you’ll have to make when firing up The Champions is which country to play as – you’ll have the pick of all 32 teams from the 2018 World Cup. With packed stands and a pitch in the background, you’ll see A, K and Q symbols alongside whistles, goalie gloves, boots and a shirt.

The colour of these symbols varies depending on which team you choose – opt for Brazil and you’ll see lots of yellow and blue. Pick England and it’s white and red. The best standard symbol is the football – land 3, 4 or 5 of these on a payline and you’ll pocket 2, 8 or 20 times your total stake.

Even more rewarding is the trophy which is the wild – it replaces all other symbols bar the bonus and offers awards of just over 3, 20 or 40 times your total stake per payline. The Champions comes with a pair of bonus features:

Momentum Progressive Game feature – you’ll see a target symbol overlaid over the reels. You can move this wherever you choose. If the football lands in this position, you’ll score a goal and level up. For the next 10 free spins, you’ll get a multiplier which is applied to all your wins. Score another goal and the multiplier increases a level and the number of free spins they’re active for resets to 10:

  • Level 2 = 2x
  • Level 3 = 4x
  • Level 4 = 6x
  • Level 5 = 8x
  • Level 6 = 10x
  • Level 7 = 12x
  • Level 8 = 14x
  • Level 9 = 16x
  • Level 10 = 18x
  • Level 11 = 20x

Go through 10 free spins without scoring a goal and you’ll go back to level 1 with payouts at the standard 1x.

Penalty Shots Bonus feature – this round is triggered by landing the bonus symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4 on the same spin. You’ll then be awarded 5 penalties. Pick 1 of the 4 targets. If you score, you’ll win a prize. Score 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 penalties and you’ll receive a payout of 5, 10, 15, 25 or 100 times your total stake.

The Champions is a pretty simple game. The visuals are rather basic but do the job. The main excitement comes from the expanding multipliers and the penalty shot round. This isn’t a particularly volatile game and the variance is in the medium range – saying that, you can win up to 1,364 times your stake on each free spin (with the 20x multiplier).

No developer has yet created the ultimate must play football slot. The Champions isn’t it either. It’s solid enough though and certainly worth considering if you fancy a game to get you ready for Russia and the World Cup. I advise you try Yggdrasil Gaming’s Bicicleta which has a football theme and is much more volatile.