Fisticuffs is a very creative boxing-themed online slot game from NetEnt, featuring 5 reels, 3 rows, and 10 pay lines alongside quirky vintage-style artwork evoking early 20th Century sporting matches, and accessible gameplay.
Look and Feel
Fisticuffs features fun vintage-style cartoon artwork evoking old-time boxing matches, with clean design matched by cheerful cartoon portraits of boxers and boxing-related ephemera.
The lower value symbols are a spit bucket, boot, stool, and bell, while higher value symbols include boxing gloves, a trophy, and a championship belt. The two wild symbols are a pair of boxers – one stout character (Straight Wild) and one skinny character with a mustache (Diagonal Wild) – who will duke it out across the reels.
The ambient soundtrack of a chattering crowd isn’t too intrusive, and the attention to detail on sound effects maintains the quirky retro feel, with old-time piano music accompanying spins and wins, and bell and punch sound effects accompanying the innovative wilds features.
Fisticuffs offers a floor bet of 20p, somewhat more per pay line than many NetEnt games, and there is no option to play fewer than the included 10 paylines.
The maximum bet is capped at £200 per spin, again making it a rather expensive game comparatively.
Bet level is controlled by the “level” and “coin value” buttons only, although there are max bet and autoplay functions, allowing you to focus on your gameplay experience.
There is no true separate bonus mode or mini game with this title; instead, free spins and wild features take place within the main game, but there are a number of different ways wilds can appear, which makes for interesting gameplay.
Fisticuffs includes an innovative “Boxing Feature” which triggers when the Diagonal Wild and Straight Wild appear either horizontally or diagonally next to each other. The two boxers will punch each other, shifting the wild one tile and creating additional wild symbols that stay sticky for one extra re-spin.
Additionally, straight wilds, depicted as a text-based symbol, can appear only on reel 3, and will substitute for all other symbols. It’s also possible to unlock stacked wilds on reels 1 and 5 during a re-spin. These wilds are also sticky, remaining on the reels for one extra re-spin.
All in all, Fisticuffs should appeal to wide range of players, with its charming art style and aesthetic appeal, and the promise of good returns, with the possibility of big wins uninterrupted by bonus features or mini games. For those looking for a quintessential slots experience, Fisticuffs will be hard to beat!