WC 2018 Mania!

by the Wombat on 09-May-18

Now as you’d probably imagine, this wombat isn’t a huge fan of cold weather. In fact even a drop of rain is enough to send me into a frenzy of woolly scarves and legwarmers, so when Russia won the draw for the WC 2018, we toyed with the idea of ignoring the sporting event altogether. Thankfully with technology being the way it is nowadays, we can watch all the footie action from the land most famous for vodka and bare moobed presidents riding bareback via the comfort of our sofas here at Wombat Towers.

And with the tournament kicking off in a matter of weeks, we thought this wass as a good an opportunity as any to take a look at all our awesome football-themed games. Let’s throw one out there immediately with the Striker Goes Wild slot – The Wombat shoots and he scores!

Which of the games are mere qualifiers and which of these soccer slots are bona fide world cup winners? Have a look at this lot and make up your mind…

Football: Champions Cup

Released just in time for the 2016 Euros in France, NetEnt cashed in on football fever and did so with serious style! Pick your fave country from any of the 24 nations that actually competed at Euro 2016 and get spinning. The symbols that you’ll really want to see in this soccer slot though are the champions cup scatter and bonus symbol  – both of which give you access to the extra features – including the very cool penalty shootout feature.

OK, so it’s not the 2018 WC, but this Football Slot is very cool indeed.

This feature pits your team against the opposition in a traditional 5 kick contest of nerves to see who be the victors.  Pick 4 locations to either kick or save a penalty: either bottom and top right and bottom and top left corners of the net. You’ll earn coinage for successful spot kicks and saves, but a missed penalty gets you zero (of course). Fans of the beautiful game, we know you’re going to love this feature!

The other bonus is the tournament free spins. You can trigger these by landing 3x or more of the champions cup scatters on reels 2, 3, and 4. This round set up like a tournament, and if you manage to play your way through the 4 knockouts, you’ll be taking home the champions cup PLUS a seriously chunky payout of 100,000 coins. That’s right we said 100,000.

Add to that some top notch graphics and sound effects that transport you to the stadium – the crowd even cheers when you land a win!

With some seriously big payouts on offer in the knockout free spins feature in particular, we are BIG BIG fans of this slot. NetEnt have done really a great job here capturing the atmosphere of major football tournaments.

Red Card

Now and then a cheeky developer will release a game that breaks aways from the usual slot reel structure, and Red Card from Gamevy does just that.

This game is straightforward once you get up and running and is a lot of fun. Firstly you’ll notice that there are no reels or wild symbols in this game. Secondly you’ll see a huge football field background and loads of footballs on it to choose from. Basically, the aim of the game in Red Card game is to click on the footballs and try to grab a silver trophy instead of picking up one of the 6 red cards hidden underneath. Once you’ve managed to choose up 6 trophies in a row, you’ll double your money based on the size of original bet. Simples.

Next, you can either collect your winnings, or you can keep on playing and try to scoop all the way to a potential jackpot of £50,000. Said jackpot can only be won once, and the game gets riskier the longer you play. A bit like the World Cup itself really…

This a fun little game that makes a change from the standard slots.

Soccer Safari

I have got a challenge for you. Can you say “soccer” without putting on a ridiculous American accent? Can you? Didn’t think so, I bet you sound like Dolly Parten doing a Donald Trump impression. Well, get you butts over here and check out our soccer slot that we developed down here at the Wombat Labs.

Imagine if you will: you’re on honeymoon, navigating the vast Serengeti and surveying the dusty plains in their full glory. Suddenly you chance upon a football match. But instead of the players being made up of a bunch of local lads, it is in fact a whole host of animals having a kick around – well that’s theme of this Microgaming slot.

Released a while back to coincide with 2010 WC in South Africa, this cool game is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. This is a 30 pay-line game with many of the animals you’d expect to see in the Kruger Safari Park, but instead of sniffing out tourists they’re slotting the ball into the back of the net!

As always with Microgaming slots, you’ll find a Free Spins round, but it’s the Go For Goals Bonus that we like the most. Land 3x or more of the World Cup scatter symbols and you’ll set off this cool mini-game. First you’ll be asked to choose 1 of 3 teams, and then you must pick 1 of 5 players (the player value will be the multiplier that will be added to your winnings at the end of the round). Next you’ll get the chance to take a penalty by choosing where to place the ball in the goal. If you score you’ll win a random coin amount, and if you miss you’ll still win a random runners up prize which is a nice touch.

This is slot of is totally tongue in cheek, celebrating the best (and cheesiest) parts of the beautiful game – and the animated animals are spot on. This wombat chuckled a lot playing Soccer Safari, and picked some decent wins too…

Euro Golden Cup

This footie-themed slot deserves a mention for its cool multi-stage game play. Set up like one of the big championship games, landing 3x or more Scatters on the reels will set off the Levelling Up bonus – where you can collect trophies by landing national flags on reel 1 and 5. More levels means more extra features in this game, and we all know the bonus rounds are where we can make the mega wins…

The Play Maker Free Spins gives you up to 10 free spins with a stacked wild, and in the Striker Feature you will receive 10 free spins, but this time with Striker Targets where each target will transform into another random symbol. It’s a cracker of a game filled jam-packed bonuses, all of which make this wombat a happy marsupial.

So that’s our pick of the best soccer slots. Give them a spin, and enjoy the World Cup Wombat fans!