Leander Games decided to one up the guys organizing the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and they went straight to a Universal Cup, one where aliens are competing in a game of futuristic football. As it befits all science fiction themed slots, it’s got the design to match the futuristic inspiration and that’s visible in many of its symbols.
The layout they came up with has 20 lines over 5 reels. The game is going to involve regular wilds, Universal Cup Wilds with wild reels, a Manager Pick Me Bonus and a Free Kick Spins feature. Individual winning combinations will pay up to $2,500.
Betting and Prizes
Though it’s not very well advertised, the wager can be changed from the option available at the bottom, right from the Total Bet display. You click on it, to reveal a menu with bet values ranging from $0.20 to $100. That’s your wager range, with the line bets going from $0.01 to $5.
The jackpot in Universal Cup will come via regular combinations, the best ones paying $2,500. With the 20 lines that you pay to activate, you could get a top jackpot of $50,000 out of a truly special spin. The RTP is not nearly as interesting as the theme of the game, being set to 94.17%, clearly one of the cons in this case.
Universal Cup Slot Features
If winning the top jackpot sounds like a good idea to you, then you should first know how you can achieve that. The Gold Trophy symbol is the one forming combinations that pay up to 500x, along with Blue Alien icon. The Gold Trophy has the added ability of behaving as a substitute, so you will be able to use it as the wild if you get it to appear in a good position.
There is a second wild feature present, called Universal Cup Wilds. Your top player symbol can bring you additional wild reels to the game area, but it’s going to be something random.
One of the Alien symbols that you get will not be a player, but a manager. It’s the symbol marked as the Bonus, that can be used when it is on the three reels from the middle. The Manager Bonus is a picking feature that lets you click on images of the Manager and this will reveal different icons. Collect enough of a single type and you will get its prize.
In a lot of slot machines that you will get to play right now, the free spins are going to be favorites for most players. The Free Kick Spins feature is going to be that component in this slot, and to activate it the requirement will be to land three Football Free Spins icons on the reels they can land on (1, 3 and 5). You get guaranteed wins each round, thanks to the Universal Cup Wilds, which will always be active.
Theme & Design
The truly unusual thing about this new game is its theme. It’s the first space-based football themed slot I’ve seen, and it went straight for a Universal Cup, not even a Galactic One. Launched just weeks before the Russian 2018 World Cup got its start, it’s got an obvious connection and inspiration in it, but it’s not visible on the reels. You get trophies, aliens colored in blue, green, orange or yellow, some players, while others are managers or referees. They get playing cards as well, so it’s not all related to the theme.
Universal Cup should appeal to fans of football and science fiction alike, and I’m sure that there are plenty that love both.