It's not exactly easy to be a football fan on online slots. The casino selection is rather weak on this topic. Off the top of my head, I can only think of Football Rules by Playtech. Soccer enthusiasts will therefore be delighted to know that in his new game Bicicleta, Yggdrasil sends us a cool pass in the form of an online slot, where the world's most popular sport is the clear dominator. The name itself suggests that there will be no shortage of great action. If you don't know, bicicleta is the name for the action we call the “scissor” kick.
The Game’s visuals
Yggdrasil is Yggdrasil. They take great care in their games and put the visual aspect high. The Bicicleta slot also offers modern graphics and sound style, although we admit we found the graphics perhaps a little too austere. We were interested in the symbols themselves. Those with a lower value are graphically displayed as card symbols, and those with a higher value bear the faces of football players. In the base game, however, players are static and do not move. Finally, you'll also see some dynamics but more about that when we describe the bonuses.
Where we have to praise, and praise really hard, is the sound side. The latter is well above average. It's all sorts of sounds that draw you into the game. The sounds of the kicks, the whistles, the players, but most of all the fans reacting to the action on the reels were great and made us look forward to every spin of the reels.
Basic game properties
The Bicicleta online slot offers 5 reels with four rows, where you can win on 25 fixed winning lines. Symbols must be at least three in a row and start on the first reel to the left. If you've ever encountered a slot machine in your life, you probably don't need an explanation.
The Bicicleta controls can be found at the bottom of the screen below the game field. Basically, it is a classic control model that you can also find in other slot machines from Yggdrasil or competitors. The bet amount is set using the coin value, and the resulting bet is calculated as the amount you bet times the number of lines. The smallest bet is €0.25, and the highest bet per spin is €100. If you feel like taking a gamble and betting the maximum amount, you can also do so by pressing the Max bet button. There is also an Autoplay feature, which will automatically spin the reels for you. Just set the number of spins and you can just watch the reels spin and your player account change. However, we missed the Gamble feature here.
Bonus features of the slot machine
Let's go to the bonuses. Yggdrasil tends to be creative in those and we expected them to have a couple of good shots on goal ending in goals here as well. We already knew before the game that there would be no shortage of Wild and Scatter symbols in the lineup, but Yggdrasil has also put in some new reinforcements in the form of the Trophy symbol and a couple of surprises in the freespins.
The Wild symbol performs as well in the Bicicleta jersey as elsewhere. Traditionally, it substitutes for missing symbols on potentially winning lines and can turn them into winning symbols.
The Scatter symbol also plays its traditional role in the team. If you display it at least three times on the field, it will move you to freespins. For 3 Scatter symbols, you get 8 freespins, for 4 up to 16 freespins, and for 5 up to 24 freespins.
The great thing is that the Scatter symbol isn't the only way to get into the freespins game. There is also the Trophy symbol. You only need to display it once on the reels and you are rewarded immediately. You either get between 8 and 12 freespins or a nice instant win.
But the match is not over. Let's go overtime. Freespins have their own rules. Not only do all other bonuses apply but they also gain additional special features. Remember when we talked about symbols with football players? In freespins, after each spin of this symbol, the football player will make a bicicleta and you will wait in suspense to see if he scores or not. If the net unravels, this symbol becomes a Sticky Wild bonus and stays in the same place until the end of the freespins.
The Trophy Symbol also offers several specialties. Again, you only need to see it once to get to the rewards. These can be either 2 to 4 extra freespins, up to 1,000 coins as an instant win, or the Wild Reel feature, which turns all symbols on a single reel (reels 1 to 4 only) into Wild symbols.
Review of the Bicicleta slot
We can definitely recommend the Bicicleta online slot machine by Yggdrasil not only to those who like football but to all those who like to enjoy bonuses and a bit of originality. We spent more time with it at the online casino than we originally expected, so we can say with a clear conscience that it can attack the title of the best football online slot.
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