There’s one thing that most football fans and slot players have in common – an appetite for risk, which is why we think this is a great combination. With the EURO 2016 underway, it’s no surprise that developers Yggdrasil have caught on to the hype and produced the Bicicleta, a football themed mobile slot that couldn’t have had better timing. The transition screen is a rotating badge with a silhouette of a man about to perform a bicycle kick, paying homage to the name of the slot.
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|Release Date||July 2016|
|Casino||Vera and John Casino|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.5%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 25 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||25p – £50|
|Free Spins||Up to 24 free spins|
|Features||Free Spins, Wild Symbols, Trophy Bonus|
|Pros||Exciting theme, Realistic Features|
|Cons||Lacks Bonus Features|
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Alright, let’s kick off. The slot has 5 x 3 reels with 25 paylines in total. Depending on whether you’re looking to play a more casual or serious game, you have the option of a bet range of 25p to £50 per spin.
The symbols in this game are pretty simple; the high value symbols consist of four football players – one in a black and white jersey with a mohawk, a guy in a white jersey, a guy in a red jersey and a guy with dreadlocks in a yellow and green jersey. These can transform into sticky wilds. The rest of the symbols are pretty standard: clubs, hearts, spades and diamonds, all coated with the classic football pattern on them. Out of these symbols, the red jersey clad footballer has the highest value, giving you 250 times your line bet for getting 5 on a payline.
There’s also a Wild symbol, a Free Spins symbol with a ball on it and last but not least a silver trophy symbol resembling a UEFA cup that can give you additional free spins and cash prizes.
Keep reading to hear about the bonus features in detail.
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In this Bicicleta slot there are several ways you can get free spins: through the free spin symbols and trophy symbols.
We’d like to think of the Trophy Bonus feature in this slot as the MVP of this slot – watch the fifth reel for this randomly appearing symbol which can appear during the base game and during free spins as well. In the base game, the trophy will award either 8 – 12 free spins or up to 1000 coins. On the other hand, in the free spin mode the trophy will grant 2 – 4 additional free spins, up to 1000 coins or turn the reel into a wild reel which also remains sticky.
To trigger the Free Spins bonus, you’ll need 3 or more of the free spin symbols. 3 symbols will give you 8 free spins, 4 will give you 16 free spins and 5 will reward you with 24 spins free spins. From our experience playing, the the 16 free spins isn't too difficult to trigger. However, these free spins are not re-triggerable.
Once again, Yggdrasil has delivered with top notch graphics and animation quality. One thing I noticed throughout the game was the realistic background of the slot – fittingly a stadium, with the detail of cameras flashing in the crowd. I also liked the detail of the blue gleam that happens across the reels whenever you get a bonus as it certainly made the experience more enthralling.
As for the overall performance of this slot, the loading times were pretty average, taking 2 to 3 seconds and this slot ran smoothly across all devices and platforms.
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The Trophy Bonus feature is easily what makes Bicicleta a unique slot as it allows the player to reap from a variety of rewards. The nature of this bonus also leads us to conclude this slot as a medium to high volatility game.
Another thing we liked about this slot was the process of getting sticky wilds. Whenever you get a football player symbol you also get a cool animation of each of the players doing a bicycle kick. Sometimes after this animation, their symbol remains as a profile picture of the player. However, if their kick leads to a goal and celebration it means you’ve managed to get three of the same symbol in a spin and one of them has turned into a sticky Wild at random.
We think that the Bicicleta slot is a good example of a slot that has incorporated football into its theme with its dynamic animations and catchy music.
There’s no one best strategy for this slot, but the wild reel feature previously mentioned under the trophy bonus comes in handy during the free spins round that’s already bound to give you a few sticky wilds. By getting as many sticky wilds as possible, you maximize your chances of getting a wild reel and therefore potential wins.