No need to strap on your boots thanks to the Striker Goes Wild Slot from Eyecon Games, a slot that takes aim at the beautiful game and scores with spectacular results. When football is played well it all looks so simple, and Eyecon has retained a simplicity that makes for speedy gameplay across five reels and 25 paylines. In Eyecon’s other big hits like Fluffy Favourites and Fluffy Too we enjoy simple gameplay and lucrative bonus features, and that same formation sets Striker Goes Wild up as a slot for every player.
Eyecon Games lets this striker do its talking on the pitch – literally. An out of focus pitch and stadium form the backdrop behind our five reels, while 9s through Aces make up our lower-payers on them. The higher paying symbols are made up of classic football paraphernalia – ‘Keeper’s Gloves, Boots, Whistle, Goal and Trophy. Coloured lines highlight payline wins when we score winning combos across the slot’s 25 paylines, while spinning balls surround winning symbols. We are also treated to a sudden electric guitar burst to emphasise wins, a nice flourish to add to the regular game sounds of crowds chanting.
The very title of Striker Goes Wild suggests that the Striker symbol will be the game’s Wild, and so it proves. But rather than have a simple Wild symbol that substitutes for other game symbols to create winning combos, the Strikers only go Wild when we launch the Striker Goes Wild feature. We do this by landing three Striker Scatters – a Red and Blue Striker facing off against each other in a single symbol. These Scatters only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4, paying out 1:1 our total bet when we land either two or three of them on reels 2, 3 and/or 4.
But it is the Striker Goes Wild feature that really scores us the big goals. When we trigger the bonus round, a series of Wilds are added to the reels in various patterns – formations, if you will. There are 12 formations, though quite why Eyecon hasn’t made it 11 formations to symbolise the players on a team is a mystery. Still, the more the merrier, and these patterns will see between 7-9 Wilds added to the reels on the triggering spin. These Wild overlays thus create multiple winning combinations and, while it is for one spin only, the wins we can score from just that single spin can be as lucrative as a Premier League star’s match bonus.
The Striker Goes Wild feature is fitting in that it is often the strikers that score the goals that win games of football. That there are no free spins or additional bonus games to go hand in hand with the feature means that, much like a chance on goal in a cup final, we only get one shot to shoot and score. The good news is that we are guaranteed to hit the back of the net with this single shot, no matter what.