NYX works with Inspired Gaming to breathe new life into American Football With it’s 1st Down Slot. While it may be massive stateside, plenty of sports fans across the world are still only just getting in to it. So what better way to jump headfirst into the N-Zone than by combining it with the fast-paced world of Slots? Touchdowns, team rosters and multiplier coins all make an appearance in 1st Down. Can you feel a celebratory moonwalk coming on?
As the slot loads up, we have a tough choice to make. Which team are we going to select? Eight teams with epic American football names are available – the Bobcats, the Sabres, the Hawks, the Cyclones, the Stags, the Comets, the Diablos and the Stormers. Once we’ve made our choice, the screen changes to match the squad’s colour, as do the symbols. The main symbols on this slot are naturally all to do with the prolific game, so expect Balls, Quarterbacks, Helmets and the traditional card values, all set across five reels and 30 paylines.
If we want to, we can choose switch allegiances anytime during our play. Simply select the Change Team button right at the bottom of the screen, we can mix things up a bit. This is a great way to add some more excitement into the slot, in effect giving us eight different slots to play! Unless, of course, you’re an avid Comets fan and won’t play as anyone else. Whoop! Go Comets! Yeah!
If you’re a free spins feature fan, look away now. This is where you mourn the lack of free spins. But any glimpse of sadness doesn’t last for long as the unique bonus features of 1st Down go to show that a successful slot doesn’t need to rely on free spins. The 1st Down Bonus is triggered when five of the Gold Coins land anywhere on the reels. A new screen opens up and we get to see real footage of teams playing on the field. We see our chosen team playing against another, trying to score touchdowns and field goals. Is this footage taken from real life games? Or did the teams all agree to film it for the slot? Who knows? What we do know is that when our team does make a field goal, we score three times the value of the coins. And if it’s a touchdown, we can ramp that up to six!
Sports slots don’t always appease slots players. During seasonal times such as world cups or tennis tournaments, they do come out to play. But NYX and Inspired Gaming prove to us that it doesn’t have to be NFL fever at Wembley for us to enjoy American Football. On 1st Down, the bonus feature holds a lot of clout and is definitely the focus point of the game. It eases us into the mechanics of football without having to fully understand it. And we don’t really have to when we’ve got multipliers added to our wins. It’s definitely a slot we’ll be kicking around for a while.