Held every four years since 1960, the UEFA European Championship is an event many are looking forward to, especially when your country managed to qualify. The 2nd most watched football tournament takes place two years after each World Cup, always being an even-numbered year which means the summer of 2016 is all about the football tournament. Inspired by the UEFA European Championship 2016, NetEnt launched the Football: Champions Cup™ slot in May 2016. This NetEnt video slot was launched a few weeks before the football tournament took place with France as its host. France has been pretty successful themselves winning the tournament twice. The first time was in 1984, followed by a second tournament win in the year 2000 while the World Cup was won by the French in 1998.
The UEFA Euro 2016 tournament was the first one that involved 24 teams instead of the 16 teams in 2012. The qualifying phase of the UEFA European Championship is played in a group format with the composition of the groups determined through a draw. The countries that qualified for the UEFA Euro 2016: France (host), Spain, Belgium, England, Italy, Portugal, Iceland, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Hungary, Germany, Wales, Albania, Austria, Croatia, Poland, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and Switzerland.
Inspired by the UEFA Euro 2016, you’ll get a chance to choose one of the above teams before the football fun is about to begin. The team of your choice will eventually take part in the Free Spins Tournament, leaving you with free spins and maybe a tournament win as well.
Having a good look at the betting options that the Football: Champions Cup™ is offering, I don’t find anything special. This sporty NetEnt slot is offering five reels which is pretty standard, the normal three rows and 20 fixed bet lines being very common as well. The minimum bet available in Football: Champions Cup™ is 0.20, a decent minimum bet attractive for the smaller players too. I don’t think that a 100.00 bet as the highest will impress a high-roller, but for an average player, this kind of bet will be a huge challenge. In between these two bets you’ll have loads of other options thanks to the six different coin values and 10 levels. It’s up to you to find yourself the perfect bet, one you feel comfortable with and that fits your balance. An incredible 210.350 coins can be won in one spin and if a win like that occurs, you will know the feeling of victory!
Victorious slot features
One of the winners in the iGaming industry is NetEnt and many trophies (awards) have been won by the software developer in the past years. A winner creates winning video slots and winning video slots consist of winning slot features. You’ll be in the middle of the football action when playing the Football: Champions Cup™ slot with the action starting as soon as you picked your favourite football team (if available). It all starts with the main game in which you’ll find an Overlay Wild, a special Wild feature that will change regular symbols into Wild symbols. Thanks to this particular Wild feature more Wild symbols can appear during a spin which will substitute for any other symbol in the game except special symbols. But there’s more as this NetEnt video slot will be all about the Free Spins Tournament while offering a great bonus game as well.
There’re hardly any NetEnt video slot around that doesn’t include a Wild Substitution, also called Wild symbol. The Football: Champions Cup™ slot is no exception and as always those Wild symbols will substitute for all symbols except Scatter and Bonus symbols. Besides the regular Wild symbols, this victorious game has an extra Wild added, an Overlay Wild. While the regular Wild can appear on any of the five reels in the Football: Champions Cup™ slot, the position of an Overlay Wild depends on being the first Overlay Wild or the second. The first Overlay Wild randomly appears on reels 1-3. The second Overlay Wild randomly appears on reels 1-4. There can be between two and five Overlay Wilds during one spin in the main game, and if not the first or second Overlay Wild, the symbol can land anywhere where there is no Wild symbol already but they can’t be on top of other Wild symbols, Scatter symbols or Bonus symbols.
Shootout Bonus Game
I have a love-hate relationship with penalties as they make my adrenaline levels rise sky high. On the other hand, I do love the excitement they bring along, especially when my favourite team is winning. When three or more Bonus symbols appear on the reels in the Football: Champions Cup™ slot, the Shootout Bonus Game is awarded. It’s up to you to decide whether you’re going for the left corners or right corners. This pick and click Penalty Shootout Bonus Game will initially consist of five rounds divided into two parts. In the first part, you pick one of the four corners of the goal to try and score. The second part you’ll be the goalkeeper picking a spot of which you think the player is going to hit in the hope you can save the opponent’s shot. It looks a lot like a penalty session during a football game with your team’s score increasing when you hit the corner as a player but the opponent’s score increasing if you don’t manage to save their shot. If after the initial five rounds the score is tied, an additional round will be played until one team wins. This exciting Bonus Game involves a Multiplier as well which continuous to increase if your team is successful. The number of Bonus symbols that activate this bonus game has a big role to play as well as the initial Multiplier will be higher when more Bonus symbols involved.
Football: Champions Cup™ Tournament
The talented developers at NetEnt did it again as the fun doesn’t stop at the above few slot features and Shootout Bonus Game. Actually, the real fun still has to start, the moment the Free Spins Tournament is awarded when three Scatter symbols appear anywhere on reels 2, 3 and 4. This is the moment you’ll see the qualified countries with three cups in the middle, ready for the knockout stage as we know from the UEFA European Championship. Each Free Spin is like a football game and winning the match makes you advance to the next round playing another match. The only way to go, is to the top, winning the tournament, just like the teams are always aiming to win the title. There will be cups to be awarded during this Free Spins Tournament while a Home Wild and an Away Wild are involved as well. It’s up to you to fight yourself through the quarterfinals, semifinals and final but if you make it to the finals depends on how well your country, or at least the country you selected the flag from before you started playing the Football: Champions Cup™ slot, is doing during the Free Spins Tournament.
In this exciting football slot inspired by the UEFA European Championship 2016, also available as a NetEnt Touch® game at the mobile casinos, you get a chance to choose your favourite team, play the Penalty Shootout Bonus Game while with a bit of luck you will also become the winner of that highly coveted cup during the Free Spins Football Tournament.