Get your skates on and head to the rink in Hockey Hero, a 5 reel, 40 payline, ice hockey themed slot from Push Gaming. Available to play on all devices, it comes with stacked symbol re-spins with locked wilds and a free spins feature where you can boost your wins with double, treble or even quadruple multipliers. Play from between 40p and £100 per spin.
Hockey Hero is impressive to look at – the packed stands of an ice hockey game form the backdrop to the reels. Joining the A, K, Q and J symbols are a puck, skates and helmet. More impressive are the trio of stick-wielding hockey players kitted out in green, blue and red uniforms.
Each of the players can land fully stacked and fill entire reels. The player in red is the star performer, offering payouts of over 6 times your total stake if you land 5 on a payline. Look out too for the giant Stanley Cup-style trophy which is the wild – like the players, it can land in stacked formation on all reels.
There are 2 features on offer in Hockey Hero. Whenever 1 of the players lands fully stacked on reel 1, you’ll trigger the Hold and Respin feature – the player will be frozen in position and the reels will spin again. If any part of the same player from reel 1 lands anywhere on the reels, it will be frozen and another respin follows. The same applies to any wilds that land. The respins keep on coming until you have a spin where no matching player or wild hits.
The hockey net is the game’s scatter – land 3 of them anywhere on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Spins feature. Here you’ll be awarded 5 free spins. The reels are a little different during the feature – 2 of the hockey players and the scatter are removed during the feature. Each win during the feature is boosted by a random multiplier of 2x, 3x or 4x to further boost your winning chances.
Hockey Hero is a typically glossy offering from Push Gaming – the visuals are excellent and the high-octane soundtrack builds the atmosphere. The features are solid enough too. The Hold and Respin feature comes along far more regularly of the 2 and delivers a steady stream of smaller wins. The better potential is offered from the free spins. An allocation of 5 free spins is a little on the skinny side but the changed symbols and potential 4x multiplier make it worth hitting.
Popular as it is, ice hockey has never really hit the mainstream in the UK. The same will probably be true of Hockey Hero which is a decent enough slot and will appeal to fans of the sport. It probably doesn’t offer quite enough thrills to become a real hit though. I do recommend you try some of Push Gaming’s other titles with Gems of the Gods recommended.