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Football might be the Beautiful Game and the world’s most popular sport, but it is not very often used by slots developers as a theme for their games. Yggdrasil decided in 2016 that they wanted to add something to the genre, though, so they produced Bicicleta. The word ‘Bicicelta’ means ‘bicycle kick’ in Spanish, so we were expecting something as spectacular as a Messi overhead volley when we opened up the game.
Were we excited by what we saw? Read this Bicicleta slot review to find out!
|House Edge: 3.70%||Return to player: 96.30%|
|Autospin: Yes||Softwares: no download - instant play, mobile, Mac|
|Released: June 9, 2016||Min Bet: 0.25|
|Max Bet: 100||Scatters: Yes|
|Gamble: No||Max Coins: 25|
|Reels: 5||Paylines: 25|
|Spins: Yes||Bonus Rounds: Yes|
|Wild: Yes||Software: Yggdrasil Gaming|
|House Edge:||3.70 %||3.68 %|
|Return to player:||96.30 %||96.32 %|
The Bicicleta online slot is played on a grid with 5 reels and 4 rows that offers 25 paylines. You cannot adjust the number of paylines in the game. The slot is optimised for mobile devices, and can be played on iOs, Android and windows phones and tablets, as it deploys HTML5 technology. It can also be played in browsers such as Firefox, Edge and Chrome. The minimum bet for UK players is usually 25p and the maximum is £100.
The game is available in 25 languages in addition to English, and was released in June 2016, meaning that it came out while the Euro 2016 football tournament was taking place. The maximum win available from the game is £250,000 or 10000x your bet, whichever is reached first. This may vary according to the online casino you are using, though, so check this if you’re chasing really enormous wins.
If you like to take a look at the RTP of a slot before you play, you should know that Bicicleta has an RTP of 96.30%. This puts it into the typical range for slots of this type, and it’s also pretty typical of an Yggdrasil slot in this regard. Their Beauty and the Beast slot, for example, has an RTP of 96.30% too, while Legend of the Golden Monkey stands at 96.00%.
The game is medium variance slot, which might be useful as a factor in shaping your strategy for playing it. Your chances of infrequent big wins should be about the same as your chances of taking home frequent smaller prizes. Of course, this can only ever be a very approximate guide to how a game will play, but you can combine it with the RTP to give yourself a good idea about which tactics to use.
The setting for this slot, as you might have expected, is a soccer stadium. The reels are projected onto what looks like one of the big TV screens that you see in stadiums nowadays. The game has a cartoon feel to it, with the imagery looking as though it has come from a football comic such as Roy of the Rovers. There is nothing retro about the game’s appearance, though. Despite the cartoon style graphics, this is a very classy looking game that has all the sophistication of a Premier League midfield playmaker.
The soundscape conjured up by the game is also impressively immersive. While some music plays while the reels spin, it is not as irritating as that found on many other games, and it does not play all the time. It also has a nice fresh contemporary feel to it, and sounds a lot like the techno tracks you’ll hear on football player’s highlights reels on YouTube. The impressive sound effects include chants and whistles from the crowd.
There is a pretty limited range of symbols used on the reels. The lower value symbols are playing card suit symbols rendered as footballs. You’ll see purple spades, blue diamonds, red hearts and green clubs. The 4 higher value symbols are cartoon football players, and they have plenty of charisma. The red team has a player who bears a passing resemblance to Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. The purple team’s player sports an intimidating Mohican haircut, while the yellow team, who we suspect are supposed to be Brazil, have a dreadlocked star representing them. The white team, which could well be England, are represented by a handsome, bearded fellow who looks like one of the game’s nice guys.
There are 3 special symbols to watch for. The wild is easy to spot as it is the word wild. This will substitute for all other symbols to create winning combinations for you, apart from the special symbols. The other two symbols are the Free Spins symbol and the Trophy symbol. We’ll look at those in more detail in the next section of this Bicicleta slot review.
When it comes to bonus features in the Bicicleta slot machine it’s all about free spins. There are two ways of triggering the bonus free spins – via the scatter symbols or the trophy – and we’ll look at both of them here.
This feature is triggered when 3 or more of the Free Spins symbols land in view anywhere on the reels. The number of spins you receive depends on the number of symbols that appears. If 3 scatters are present you’ll get 8 free spins, and you’ll get 16 spins for 4 scatters. If you’re lucky enough to see 5 scatter symbols on the reels then the total doubles up again, to 24.
There are some other extra features that can occur during these spins that can add some extra value for you. If the Trophy symbol lands on reel 5, you’ll get 2 to 4 extra spins, or a prize worth up to a 1000 coins. You might also be awarded the wild feature, which is where all of the symbols on one of the first 4 reels into sticky wilds that remain in place for the duration of the feature.
You need to watch out for the player symbols during these free spins too. Any of the player symbols can turn into sticky wilds that remain in place for the duration of the feature.
If the Trophy symbol lands on reel 5 in the base game then you will receive 8 to 12 free spins. All of the extra features that can occur during the Scatter Free Spins are also present here.
While there is not that much depth to either of these features, as they are basically just giving you free spins, they do offer the chance to pick up large prizes. We were quite impressed with the way that the wins could soon stack up if we triggered the bonus features in the Bicicleta online slot.
While the Bicicleta slot does not have much apparent depth when it comes to bonus features, we still enjoyed it tremendously. It looks good, and if you grew up reading football comics as a kid you’re sure to experience some sort of thrill of nostalgia as you play. Crowd noise and classy graphics really help put you in a seat in the stadium too as the reels spin. So this Bicicleta slot review ends with us recommending you try this slot, especially if you are a football fan!
If you think you would like other football-themed slots, have a look at Football Star from Microgaming.