A lot of casino games, specifically slot machines, are built with a certain theme. The idea is that it tells a story, allowing the player to focus on something aside from the spinning of the reels. Games could be based on anything, from ancient Egypt to your favourite television series. There are, however, a lot of great casino games based around sports.
Indeed, many famous sports stars have allowed their images to be licenced to create these games, just as they would with something like EA Sports FIFA games. Anyway, below we have picked five of the best sports-themed casino games. They aren’t based on looks alone, as we have also looked at playability and payout potential.
Top Trumps: Football Legends
Fancy playing a game featuring the likes of Platini, Pele and Beckenbauer? Top Trumps: Football Legends slot, which you can find at Mansion Casino, is a celebration of legendary soccer players. The game plays like a standard slot, with the images of Pele et all used as symbols, but it really comes to life with the Wall of Fame Bonus. This side game features a further 12 legends, including the likes Zinedine Zidane, Ferenc Puskas and Marco Van Basten. Watch out for the Pele ‘wild’ symbols, which can pay up to 10,000 x your line bet.
Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven
Released in 2010, Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven as one of the earliest examples of a widely successful sports-themed slot game. Almost a decade later and it’s still given top billing in many casino sites, which is a big indication of the game’s popularity. The slot celebrates the jockey’s seemingly impossible feat of winning seven races from seven rides at Ascot in 1996. It does that by offering two fun horse racing bonus games, alongside some big potential pays in the main game. There is also a progressive jackpot version of the slot.
Breakaway, an ice hockey-based game from Microgaming has been so successful that it spawned several imitations, including Basketball Star and Tennis Star. However, as there is little difference between the games, let’s stick with the original. Breakaway was one of the first slots to pioneer the ‘exploding symbols’ feature, meaning winning symbols disappear and are replaced with new ones for repeat wins. The graphics aren’t much to look at, but the game is regarded as a casino classic.
Scudamore’s Super Stakes
Frankie Dettori is not alone in the world of jockeys fronting casino games, as Peter Scudamore has now joined the fray. To be honest, despite being created by a rival software developer, NetEnt, it’s fairly similar in terms of looks and feel to the Frankie Dettori game. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, and the few tweaks that have been made – Peter’s Classic Cup, Bet Slip Bonus – make a big difference. A worthy addition to the fold.
Ronnie O’Sullivan: Sporting Legends
The Sporting Legends range spans a number of games (Dettori pops up in it too) encompassing several sports. The important thing to note is that all the games in the series share a progressive jackpot, which could potentially be worth millions. This game, based on arguably snooker’s greatest ever player and one of the sport’s great personalities, Ronnie O’Sullivan, feature plenty of fun snooker-based features and a really excellent free games bonus. The Sporting Legends range has only been released in the last few months, but there is every indication that they will be around for a long while.
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