I was eight years old when Shoot! first came out. I was just getting into football and this soon became a regular part of our paper bill. It was more about the actual game and what was happening than the ‘Scorcher’ and ‘Score n’ Roar’ football comics that I also went on to read. Shoot! once sold more than 100,000 copies a week but is only available on an app these days.
Now we get the slot version and it’s from Microgaming who have been scoring winners for a fair while now. This will really bring back some memories of when footballers didn’t get paid hundreds of thousands of pounds a week and didn’t feign injuries or say they were too tired to play.
This is a five-reel game that has rows of symbols and an impressive 50 paylines. Playing the game can be cheaper than attending Premier League games. The money you pay for a programme used to get me in the game back in the 1970s. Minimum cost is £0.50 and the maximum £100.
The symbols in this game really bring back a ton of memories for me. There are classic trading cards for such stars as Johann Cruyff, George Best, Franz Beckenbauer, Pele, Diego Maradona and Kevin Keegan. There’s also a meat pie and a rattle. The soundtrack includes lots of fans cheering their heads off and really adds to the attraction of the game.
The wild symbol is the Shoot! magazine. This can warm up on the touchline and then come on as a substitute for other symbols in the game to give you some winning combinations. It can’t substitute for the scatter symbol which are the trading cards and play a big part in triggering bonus games.
Take a good look through the paytable to learn as much as you can about the game (a bit like reading the Rothmans Football annual I used to read). A few free games will then show you just how the game runs.
To trigger the Trade ‘Em feature you need to get at least three of the bonus symbols anywhere on the reels. Next you need to choose four of twelve player cards with cash prizes available. However, you could also find yourself getting into either the Free Spins or Magazine Bonus rounds. If that does happen and you still have some picks left, they’ll resume once you’ve finished the bonus round.
The Magazine Bonus round sees you having to choose from 12 magazines and you keep doing so until you find one of the two red cards which ends the bonus round. With the Free Spin you get between ten and 35, how many you get depends on the result of a random spinner.
An excellent game from Microgaming. It really did bring back plenty of memories from the days when I was starting to get into football. It has a great look to it and the soundtrack really puts you in the mood. The bonus games can also be very profitable so this is highly recommended.