Playtech’s Ice Hockey Pokie Review
January 30, 2015
If you're a fan of hockey and you're a fan of pokies, then Playtech has a game that will satisfy you on both ends of the equation. Their Ice Hockey pokie seems like it could be a pretty bland game, but they incorporate the hockey theme into the gameplay so well that it's an excellent title to enjoy even if you don't care too much about the sport. What you'll find here is a high-volatility experience geared towards low stakes players with a couple of different bonus features and plenty of ways to get paid on the regular paytable.
With Ice Hockey, you'll have five reels with three rows which is the standard format for pokies today. Even though there are only 15 paylines, they pay in both directions to give you plenty of opportunities to win on every single spin. Coin sizes start at the super-low AU$0.01 apiece and go up to AU$1 each, but since you can only bet one coin on each payline, the maximum bet size is just $15. This won't work for players who are looking to get in on the action at super-high stakes, but it will be fine for the vast majority of players.
Something that's cool about this game is that you start off by choosing two teams to face off. One team will pay left-to-right while the other will pay right-to-left, so while you can get paid in both directions, it's not for all of the possible payouts. The goal symbol is a wild that will substitute for all of the normal-paying symbols. You can get a 10,000x top payout for getting five of the goal on an activated payline that's pretty high for a game that has such low minimum bet sizes.
If you get the same flag on the first and fifth reels at the same time, then you'll get 12 free spins with just one team on the reels. This boosts your chances of winning by itself, but since you can get paid with the same team in both directions, your value is drastically increased. Another bonus round is available for getting a puck on the second and fourth reels, and it's about passing the puck back and forth. You'll get a win of three times your total bet size for each successful pass, and this is a fun game that really fits the hockey theme.