They say that the World Cup is the greatest show on earth. Or at least that’s what FIFA’s press department say, and who wouldn’t trust FIFA? Whether you are a soccer fan or not this is one show you won’t want to miss, for the footballers gracing the pitch here aren’t prima donna stars who drop at the opening of a crisp packet or donkeys who get too excited and mash it up in the final third. No, they are beasts. Safari beasts. Hence the title. Now who wouldn’t pay money to see a team of rhinos go head to head with a team of elephants?

Gameplay

We are on safari and out to watch a quality game of soccer. Personally, I fancy the Leopards. They look like they want it more than the others. Having said that, the Lions are well organised. The Rhinos just run around blindly. Other symbols include comically drawn depictions of other animals we might find on a safari: Deers, Warthogs, Hyenas. The ref is a zebra, and I don’t mean that disparagingly.

This is a five reel slot played over a potential 30 paylines. As usual we have the options to bet low or high, go defensive or all-out attack, depending on our soccer game plan. You would have to be Rafa Benitez not to look excited by the game’s samba soundtrack.

Bonuses

The main bonus feature is the Go For Goal Bonus, triggered when we land three, four or five World Cup Scatters symbols anywhere across the five reels. We must select a team and a player – which will yield a multiplier. After a quick treat video of the wild commentary team we are suddenly facing a ‘keeper from 12 yards out. We have to put the ball into the net – forget the World Cup…our winnings depend on it! Can we stick it in the net? If we can the multiplier slaps extra to our winnings, making this a feature worth getting our stretching toes on the end of.

Landing the Scattered Zebra Referee on Reels 1 and 5 sends him bonkers. He brandishes a red card on both of those reels and turns them Wild, effectively transforming the five free spins we have into a three reel game, which pretty much guarantees big winnings. In a funny way we want the Ref to go crazy and lose control of the game – a nice twist from Microgaming.

Summary

These animals are bang up for it, putting many footballers to shame and making you wonder why FIFA don’t look into a real Soccer Safari World Cup. Would Wayne Rooney still find his way in through the monkey team? Quite possibly.