Play Shoot! and win a trip for two to the EURO 2016 final on July 10th in Paris
Euro 2016 is under way and European's football's biggest international competition sees 24 teams from around the continent competing across five weeks of football in France to decide who will succeed Spain as the holders of the trophy.
To celebrate this carnival of football, Microgaming has re-released one of its most popular football-themed slots, this time on mobile. This is the Shoot! slot available on desktop and mobile.
The original game was released as a desktop version back in 2012, coincidentally for the European Championships back then. So it seems entirely fitting that Microgaming will rework the slot for release an updated mobile game in time for the 2016 tournament four years later.
The game is based on a famous football magazine that was hugely popular in the United Kingdom and is still going today in an online format, although its halcyon days were definitely back in the 1970s and 1980s. Microgaming have taken this and used it as the basis for their 5x3 reel, 50 payline slot.
A football stadium, complete with floodlights provides the backdrop to the reels and as well as many football related symbols serving as the in game low symbols (such as a meat pie and a football), there are a number of famous football superstars from the 1960s, 70s and 80s that serve as the in game high symbols.
This includes superstars like Brazilian legend Pele, England's Kevin Keegan, the Dutch Maestro Johan Cruyff and German's Der Kaiser, Franz Beckenbauer.
On the mobile slot, just like the desktop games, the 50 paylines are not selectable and with a minimum coin value of 0.01 per payline, this means that the cheapest spin on the slot is 0.50, although you can ramp up the action somewhat by playing for a max price of 100.00 per spin. The largest potential jackpot in terms of coin size is 51,948, which is not quite a top footballer's salary, but a sizeable win for the average person.
The gameplay itself is very enjoyable and like the desktop version, is one of the nicest things about he slot. The sound effects complement the symbols on the reels perfectly and the sound certainly enhances the slots experience, which is exactly how it should be.
When it comes to the base game, there is not a huge amount of action to behold. The game pays out smaller amounts relatively frequently but can go a little while without paying, while also offering the occasional bigger payout. As such, this is more like a medium volatility slot but to be fair, it does have the balance between payouts pitched at just about the right level to keep you spinning.
One of the best features for players in the base game is the Wild symbol slot, this replaces all other symbols on the screen except the scatter symbol (more on that below), although there is no multiplier attached to any wins finished with a Wild symbol.
The Shoot Bonus symbol is the in game scatter and you need to land three or more of these on screen to trigger the first bonus game. This is a simple ‘pick'em' game where you get to select from 12 football legends from throughout the period from the 1960s to 90s. You can pick four stars and they reveal one of three possible prizes.
Firstly they can reveal a cash prize, or they can reveal one of two bonus games which are what you want to target as generally the payouts from these additional bonuses are higher.
The Free Spins bonus sees you generate a random number between 10 and 35, which rewards you with that number of free spins and pleasingly, you also get a 2x multiplier as a default on all free spin wins in this section.
The second bonus is another Pick ‘em game but this time, you select from a new group of players but the cash bonuses on offer are much bigger than the original bonus game. This is the game you should try and target if you want to achieve the bigger wins available on the slot.
There's nothing to dislike about the Shoot! Mobile slot, it is the perfect accompaniment to the football in France which is taking place right now and if you are enjoying Euro 2016, then you can only enhance your enjoyment by loading up Shoot! Mobile slot for a few spins.
Alternatively, if you are fancying a little wager on who will win the tournament, then after the first round of group games, it is pretty clear that the perennial tournament teams in Europe, Germany, Italy and Spain already look rather formidable. England too played very well and were unlucky to only draw against Russia, while France can never be ruled out despite making hard work of their opening night win over Romania.
There have also been some sides that have disappointed in terms of performance. Portugal were distinctly average against Iceland and Belgium and Austria, many people's dark horses to do well in the tournament, were both well beaten by Italy and Hungary respectively in their opening game.
Teams that have surprised with their performances include Italy, Hungary, Iceland and Wales all of whom now stand an excellent chance of making it through into the Round of 16, the first knockout phase when 8 of the 24 teams will be eliminated leaving 16 to battle it out for the title.
Who will win it? Well, while Italy's team ethic was impressive, as was Spanish dominance of possession in their games, the most complete performance in my view came from the Germany team and they are well deserving of their ranking as second favourites to win it before the tournament started.
That said, I wouldn't rule out France out of the equation, especially if Dmitri Payet can keep scoring goals like the winner he netted late on against Romania. England too were impressive for long periods against Russia and if they can develop a greater killer instinct in the final third, Roy Hodgson's men could surprise a few by going far.
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