Euro Golden Cup Slot
Euro Golden Cup is a 5-reel, fixed 25-pay line online slot from Genesis Gaming. It's the latest in the selection of footie-themed slots based around the 2016 UEFA European Championships. If you are not a football fan (for example, if you support the Scotland international football side) then the European Championships are a Europe-only football tournament held every four years which Germany win on penalties. There is great interest this year as England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland have all qualified for the tournament. There is great speculation about which of the home nations will qualify for the knock-out stages of the tournament, but at the moment the red-hot favourite is "none of them, of course."
Genesis Gaming has followed NetEnt's "Football Champions Cup" in a release timed to coincide with the kick off of the Euros (June 8). All the symbols in the slots are footie-related. One oddity – the playing card values have been replaced by football shirts numbered nine to fourteen. We understand this is a replacement for playing cards nine to ace, but why include so many substitute shirts? Would it not have been better to mainly include a selection of the first eleven? The footie shirts are joined on the reels by some dodgy-looking portraits of random players. All twenty-five lines are fixed, but you can select the size of your coin from 0.01 to 10.00. Your total bet is your coin size multiplied by twenty-five. When you're ready to kick off, hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The highest payout in this game is for five of a purple-backed footballer with a quiff. He will win you 1,000x your bet-per-line. The lowest winning payout is for two number nine shirts, which wins you two coins.
The referee's whistle is the scatter symbol in this game. Land at least two anywhere on the reels to win a cash prize.
A football with the word "wild" on it is the wild symbol. That substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter. The wild symbol does not appear on reel one.
This game comes with three play levels. You advance through the levels by collecting flags of the competiting nations – you collect a flag each time you trigger a feature, or a flag symbol appears on reels one and five.
On level one there's the 'Play Maker' feature. Three or more scatters triggers the feature. You are awarded ten free spins with stacked sliding wilds. Any play maker stacked wild on a reel will expand to fill the whole reel. You can retrigger free spins during your freebies.
Once you have collected fifteen trophies you unlock the 'Striker' bonus feature. You can choose either this or the 'Play Maker' feature as your bonus game going forwards. If you choose the 'Play Maker' feature you now get twelve free spins instead of ten. in the 'Striker' feature you get ten free spins. During your freebies every striker target is replaced by a different random symbol. All wins are paid after all targets are replaced, and you can re-triggers freebies.
Collect thirty trophies to reach level three. You now get fifteen free spins with the 'Play Maker' feature, although the free spins with the 'Striker' feature remain at ten. There's the additional choice of the 'Penalty Shootout' feature. You get five spot kicks in order to score – each goal awards you a random multiplier. It's then your turn to be the goalie and save as many shots as you can. If you score more goals than your opponent then your prize is multiplied by five. If you tie your prize is doubled, and if you lose then your prize remains the same.
We're not sure if Genesis Gaming have a winner here or not. The gameplay is great, but the graphics are a little fundamental. In short, this is a game that does not look as good as it plays. The features are very good though, although we would have preferred it if they were available from the off rather than collected while playing. We'd say that the chances of this slot being declared the 'champion football-themed slot' are on par with England winning the 2016 Euro Champs!