Casino game developers are constantly coming up with new themes for their online pokies, said nobody ever. Those of you into iGaming will probably be aware that there are a few tried and trusted subjects that coders like to stick with: mythology, ancient Egypt, branded movie/TV/music, tie-ins, mythology, ancient Egypt, aliens/space, mythology, ancient Egypt. Did you spot the pattern? Sport is also pretty popular with casino coders. With this in mind, here are the top sport-themed pokies currently doing the rounds.
Football Champions Cup – Netent
This football-themed pokie was developed by Netent and is a five-reeler with 20 pay-lines. Like most games from the Swedish developers, it’s well-designed and includes the kind of imagery one might associate with the beautiful game such as trophies, football boots, empty stadiums and glib sloganeering (ok, not the last two). On top of the base game is a pair of bonus features; a pick and click penalty shoot-out game and a bonus spins tournament that offers you the chance to win as much as 500 times their stake.
Rugby Star – Microgaming
Another sport-themed pokie from Microgaming featuring the word ‘star’ in the title despite the lack of any in the actual game. Like its bat and ball counterpart, cartoon rendering of players besmirch/decorate the reels which are arranged in a 5 x 3 configuration. Highlights include Rolling Feels and Free Spins features as well as 40 wild symbols. Although game-play is pretty rudimentary (much like the theme), the bonus spins side game can pay out as much as 2400x your stake.
Cricket Star – Microgaming
Cricket is in the throes of a rather drawn-out revolution. The simplistic, instantly gratifying fun of the one-day and T20 formats is gradually replacing test cricket in the public’s imagination. This cultural shift in perceptions about the elegant age old game is in no way represented by Microgaming’s Cricket Star – but it’s an online slot so what do you expect? Its five reels are decorated with cartoon renderings of fictional players and there’s also a rolling reels feature where all winning symbols are replaced with new ones.
Rocky – Playtech
This five reel 25-payline pokie from Playtech is based on the famed fictional pugilist. Its reels are populated with characters from the Rocky film series including poor old Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang as well as the punch-drunk protagonist himself. Although there are only 25 pay-lines, you’ve got the chance to spin for free as many as 25 times. There’s also a decent Knockout Bonus side-game in which you get the chance to select Rocky’s opponent for a 10-round match.
Hole in Won – Rival Gaming
This is probably one of the best golf reel-spinners available at present. Comprising a 5 x 3 configuration, the pretty basic core game is enhanced by expanded wilds and a bonus round skill game. Here, you’ll need to line up a shot and judge the swing power with the aim of scoring a succession of hole-in-ones on a nine-hole golf course.