You might not be able to travel to the 2018 World Cup in Russia and enjoy the great football matches that are going to take place there, but you do have the option of playing The Champions at any moment and get at least a small taste of it. You have a Pragmatic Play slot machine here, one that is themed around the event I just mentioned.
There will be 25 active pay lines in The Champions, and the slot machine will use the usual 5x3 reels to spin and get wins of up to $5,000 formed. Other areas where the game does well is in features, since it offers a wild symbol, bonus symbols, bonus games and a penalty shoot-out feature which can pay very well. If those payouts aren’t enough, this slot has a Momentum Progressive Game as well, which allows you to level-up and get up to 20x multipliers for all wins.
Betting and Prizes
You don’t have to spend all $125 available to you, in order to spin the reels and get the 25 lines active. You can start your bets from an amount as small as $0.25. At the other end, the line bet can be worth as much as $5.
Impressive payouts can come your way in The Champions, especially thanks to the level-up system and the multipliers that can be reached that way. They will boost regular wild payouts, from $5,000 to as much as $100,000, and that’s what you will obtain from a single winning combo. The announcement from Pragmatic Play is that the RTP is going to be at 96.50%, another good thing that the slot has going for it.
The Champions Slot Features
The easiest feature to understand in The Champions is clearly going to be the wild, which has the image of the Gold Trophy to represent it. Have this one land as a substitute, or have it lined up as many as five times on a line to get its payouts of up to 1,000x.
A very impressive feature for this slot is the one it calls Momentum. This progressive game allows you to increase your momentum and get multipliers, as you level up. To score a goal, you need to hit a football in a highlighted position. You pick the position that gets the highlight. You start at level 1, with the 1x multiplier, but as you score goals you level up and you can reach level 11 with a 20x multiplier that applies to all wins. Once you get there, new goals that you score will reset the feature back to level 1. You also reset at any point, if you got 10 spins without scoring a goal.
Finally, you have a Penalty Shots bonus game that you can trigger, and to get inside you need scatters on all three middle reels. Payouts can vary from 5x to 100x total bet.
Theme & Design
The Russian World Cup of 2018 has been the inspiration for this game, and it’s visible right from the start. As the game begins, you must pick one of the teams that are participating, a total of 32 flags and names being displayed. This choice will influence the symbols used on the reels, so if you support any of those lucky countries you can play with their equipment as the major symbols. Jerseys, shoes, goalkeeper gloves, the referee’s whistle, footballs and multiple playing cards are available, along with the trophy and a bonus logo for two of the feature triggers.
I loved the features and the leveling system offered in The Champions, and for that reason alone I think it might be worth checking out even if you’re not into football.