Just days before the official start of the Russian 2018 World Cup, Knockout Football is being announced by Habanero and it looks like one of the many sports themed games that we’re seeing in this period. It’s yet another game to place the action on a football stadium, but the features might just provide the entertainment and the unique side that the slot seems to need to compete with others.
You can expect a slot machine with 5x3 reels, so there will be the standard game area for you to play on. Among the things to watch out for, I would mention the Soccer Ball Wilds, the Trophy Scatters or the Knockout Free Games that you will gain access to. A reward of up to 500x total bet is available via this last feature, if you get to the Finals by beating all your opponents along the way.
Betting and Prizes
Knockout Football is the sort of game where you can get a wager on all its lines, 20 being used in the bet at all times, and then you can vary the amount per line via the level of the bet and coin denominations. There is no changing the base number of 20 coins though. You can go to 40, 60 or even higher numbers of coins, and you can also pick a coin denomination that is even higher than $1 if you want to.
The fact that you can wager big only means that the slot will also give you the option to win a lot of money. We know that the bonus game has a top payout of 500x the bet, which is an excellent reward to be striving for. All Habanero slot machines that we’ve seen so far come with good Return to Player percentages, and I expect Knockout Football to be the same way.
Knockout Football Slot Features
The one serving in the wild’s role is going to be the Soccer Ball, a symbol that does not pay, but which will contribute to all other regular combinations, provided that it appears in the right position. It’s a substitute that you only get on the middle three reels during your paid spins. Each Ball Wild that you have in a winning combo will be collected, in the meter shown at the top.
One other feature symbol is used, a Trophy, and it is also a wild, and also present only on the middle three reels. You get it at random on one of those reels, and it applies a 2x multiplier to the wins it helps form. This extra wild symbol will also be collected when it appears.
Activating the Knockout Free Games is possible when you collect 6 Trophy Wilds. The feature is modelled after a knockout game. The football appears in the middle position of the 3rd reel and it will be kicked in a random direction. You get the blue color, the opponent is red, and depending on the position of the football once it is kicked, one of you will be scoring a goal.
Theme & Design
There is a football themed theme here that you will have no issue finding in another slot machine, this sport getting the best coverage out of all the ones used as themes right now. New games are launched every couple of years, as the major events of this sport occur. Knockout Football will feature images of the stadium, a referee’s whistle, boots and gloves, but also several playing cards that aren’t very interesting to look at.
Normally, Knockout Football could be a very interesting release, but with so many other similar games being launched at the same time, I doubt it will get a lot of attention. The design quality also seems lower than in the usual Habanero slots.