Football: Champions Cup is a 5 reel, 20 payline online slot game from NetEnt, bringing players the excitement of the beautiful game with a 96.82% Return to Player percentage and a host of engaging features.
Look and Feel
Football: Champions Cup features a host of details that will appeal to fans of football (or “soccer,” if you prefer), with glossy art design and an appropriately exciting soundtrack, complete with crowd noises accompanying the spins and wins. The game’s play window is set again a stadium-based background with a blurry crowd of fans and, in a fun and unusual feature, Football: Champions Cup allows players to select the European team they wish to represent them, which is done by clicking on one of a number of flags at the beginning of the game. This doesn’t really have any impact on gameplay, but is a fun addition for those looking for a chance to show some national – or international – pride.
The higher value symbols featured on the reels are all related to the beautiful game, and include a red badge, a pink badge, a football boot, a goalie’s glove, and a referee’s whistle, while the lower value symbols are alphanumeric, picked out in shiny, modern lettering. The wild symbol in the main game is a football in a gold badge-like frame, and this symbol can substitute for all the others in the game, except the two scatter symbols, which are represented by a gold trophy cup and a text-based “Bonus” symbol. In the bonus free spins feature, wilds are represented by a red and a blue version of the same symbol.
The reel design is very sleek and modern, and the artwork overall is of the glossy, excellent quality players have come to expect from NetEnt, making Football: Champions Cup a very comfortable and enjoyable gaming experience.
Football: Champions Cup offers 20 fixed paylines, and bets are controlled through the “Level” and “Coin Value” selectors. There are autoplay and max bet options available, with the possibility of stopping autoplay spins early if required. The minimum bet per spin is 20p, with a ceiling of £200 per spin and a maximum coin value of 1.00 and ten possible bet levels.
The main game’s gameplay is simple but appealing thanks to the well-integrated design, and the useful addition of overlay wilds, which randomly appear on the reels and offer between two and five extra wilds to help boost the chances of winning. Where Football: Champions Cup comes into its own, however, is with its cleverly designed bonus features.
Football: Champions Cup offers free spins bonuses, which are activated by landing three or more of the gold trophy cup scatter symbol anywhere on reels two, three, and four. This will initially award six spins, and will progress the player through initial rounds, “quarter finals,” “semi finals” and, ultimately, the “Cup Final” itself. These “matches” are won by landing more red wilds than blue wilds on the reels, and while of course it is up to chance, this innovative feature does lend some excitement to the game.
If a player is lucky enough to “win the final” a massive x500 bet multiplier will be applied to the winning betline. Second place will earn a x100 multiplier, and third place will earn a still very respectable x20 multiplier.
Football: Champions Cup also offers a click-and-pick Penalty Shootout bonus game, which is activated by landing three or more bonus symbols anywhere on the reels. This brings the player to a second screen where they are given five chances to score a goal by clicking a spot to shoot at, and then five chances to click and pick a spot to save a penalty for an extra multiplier.
Overall, Football: Champions Cup is a fun game for football fans, and combines engaging bonus features with a 96.82% Return to Player percentage, and the possibility of some very appealing wins.