In what has become a fairly popular trend in online video slots, Microgaming have combined two different themes for its action-packed five-reeler, Soccer Safari, where the Big Five – and friends – meets the beautiful game.
Soccer Safari has 25 adjustable paylines, which players may activate by wagering between one and 20 coins per line. Coin values in Soccer Safari range from 0.01 to 0.20 credits for a maximum bet of 120.00 per spin.
The Symbols in the Soccer Safari Stadium
The reels of Soccer Safari are set inside a huge soccer stadium, where some rather unlikely players – including a lion, a rhino, hyenas, a gnu, a leopard, and a warthog, plus a zebra referee – are ready to face off. In addition to the wildlife on the field, there are a number of colourful creatures in the stands, including some football-hooligan meerkats, a couple of doe-eyed cheerleaders, and an elephant-and-giraffe announcer team.
The Wild Soccer Safari Logo
In Soccer Safari. The wild symbol takes the form of the Soccer Safari logo and can stand in for any other symbol except scatters to complete winning combinations. As is generally the case, the Soccer Safari wild also pays out the highest amount – 2 000 coins – for five of a kind on an active payline.
The Soccer Safari Scatter Symbols
There are two scatter symbols – the whistle-blowing zebra ref and the golden trophy – in Soccer Safari. Neither of these symbols has to appear on an active payline in order to win. However, the trophy symbol is the only one of the two with its own value
More importantly, each of the Soccer Safari scatters also unlocks its own bonus feature. The trophy scatter triggers the Go for Goal Bonus Feature, whilst the zebra scatter activates the Free Spins Bonus Round.
Two Different Bonus Features
As mentioned, each of the different Soccer Safari bonus features is triggered by a different scatter. If both features are triggered simultaneously, the Go for Goal feature will come up first.
- Go for Goal Bonus Feature
The Soccer Safari Go for Goal Bonus Feature is triggered by the scatter symbol of the trophy. If three or more trophy symbols land anywhere on the reels, Soccer Safari players are taken to a new screen, where they must select a team colour and player to shoot for a selected target inside the net.
The chosen soccer player will determine the Soccer Safari multiplier – between 2x and 5x the total wager amount. If the player is able to hit the selected target, between 10x and 50x the total amount wagered will be paid out. However, if the player misses or the ball is blocked by the goalie, only the 2x-to-5x multiplier awarded by the chosen player is applied.
- Free Spins Bonus Round
The zebra only comes up on Reels 1 and 5 and must land anywhere on both the first and the fifth reels simultaneously to trigger the Free Spins Bonus.
The zebras then expand to cover all of Reels 1 and 5 and remain there for the duration of the five free spins that follow. After the fifth spin, Reels 1 and 5 spin again whilst the others remain in position. If two or more zebra symbols appear anywhere on the reels, five additional free spins are triggered.
The Optional Gamble Feature
After each winning spin, Soccer Safari players are given the option to double or even quadruple their winnings by attempting to guess the colour or suit of a mystery playing card. If they guess incorrectly, however, all of their winnings will be forfeited.