Playtech’s Football Fans Pokie Review
May 22, 2015
Playtech has a number of sports-based pokies, and Football Fans is one of them. This is based around the game of football, and it allows you to customize your experience based on which team you're a fan of in the World Cup. There are six different countries that you can pick from, and the graphics of the game will become stylized based on that country. Overall, this is a high-volatility game that matches the high volatility of some football fans out there, and it has sizable top payouts that turn a lot of heads in general.
Football Fans uses 20 paylines, and coins range from $0.20 to $100. It's important to note that this game uses five reels with three rows and that you'll have a higher minimum bet size than what you're probably used to. Betting starts at $4 per pull with all paylines activated, so this game isn't exactly designed for penny stakes players. It's important to realize this bet size issue before you play because there are plenty of other Playtech-powered games with similar features available at lower stakes, so you aren't forced into this game by any means, though it is meant to be a somewhat exclusive experience.
When you begin your play, you get to pick one of the spots on the reels for the Grab a Beer bonus. If a beer symbol lands there, you get a 3x payout on the total size of your bet. In all honestly, it doesn't matter which one you place it on because it's completely random, but it's fun to try to guess where it's going to show up next. The wild symbol is the football, and you'll get a 5,000x payout for five of it on an activated payline. Payouts are also available at 1,000x and 750x for male and female fans, respectively.
The logo for the game is the scatter symbol, and you can pick up three or more to get 10 free spins. Random wilds are added to the reels, and it's done with a penalty kick feature where you can add up to three random wilds to the screen. This means it significantly easier to get multi-line wins, and that makes the free spins worth a lot more. This is a pretty big deal, and it's one of the reasons why this feature can run up some major payouts very easily.