The way my local team plays I think they could do with signing some of the strange players in this slot. ‘Soccer Safari’ comes from Microgaming who keep on putting out some great games. For this outing we’re in the football world where animals rule the roost.
I guess a giraffe would be quite handy at corners and a cheetah racing down the wing would be impressive. Hopefully the tortoise won’t be playing up front and the centipede only came on in the second half as he spent the first half putting on his boots.
‘Soccer Safari’ has five reels, three rows of symbols and there’s thirty paylines to win on. That’s not a fixed amount and you have to decide your coin size (£0.01 to £0.20), how many coins to put on each payline (one to ten) and then how many paylines to activate. All that leaves us with a stake range of £0.01 to £60, so you should be able to find a level you can comfortably play at.
The background to the reels definitely gets us in the mood for the game. There’s a massive football stadium full of fans. The symbols are colourful and quite large. They include a leopard goalkeeper, a dribbling lion, a rhino heading the ball and hopefully not bursting it with his horn, a buffalo who looks in a really bad mood, a female antelope cheering on her team and some hyenas who have ‘goal’ written on their bellies.
Another great part of this game is the soundtrack. Lots of cheering going on here. The wild symbol here is the Soccer Safari logo and will have you cheering when it substitutes for other symbols to get you wins. The scatter symbol is the World Cup trophy and there’s also a zebra referee who’s not shy on giving out cards who can get you into a bonus round.
All the information about the game can be seen in the paytable. There’s a lot happening so make sure you have a good read of it. Then have some free games and see just how the game runs. The game can be played in regular and expert mode. The only real difference is that in expert mode you can set up an autoplay. There’s also some handy statistics such as largest wins and how long you’ve been playing.
The Go For Goals Bonus round is triggered when at least three of the scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels. This being the case, it means you can activate just one payline and still have a chance of triggering this. Once triggered you are asked to choose one of the three teams and then pick one of the five players and that player reveals a multiplier for your winnings.
Then you have the chance to take a penalty, that English speciality. You have to choose which part of the goal to aim for. If you score then a random cash win comes your way but if you do a Chris Waddle and miss you still get a random consolation prize.
To get some free spins you need the zebra referee on the first and fifth reels. It’ll be one of the few times you thank a referee for something. This gets you five free spins and the fifth reels will be totally wild for them. After the fifth free spin the centre reels are held and reels one and five respin and this could see the free spins re-triggered.
A colourful game that’s full of fun. The theme is excellent and the two bonus rounds can definitely get you some good wins. Highly recommended.