World Cup fever is front and center with one of this week’s two new slots at NJ online casinos. Top Strike Championship is a soccer-inspired game perfectly tied to this year’s premier soccer/football event, while our second game delves into heaven and hell and biblical archangels.
Top Strike Championship
This NextGen slot is certainly well-timed to the World Cup and provides you with a distraction when games aren’t on TV. Your basic symbols are soccer players and the 10-Ace, with the Wild being a soccer ball. Hit the Spin button to get going, and you’ll hear the crowd cheer and the occasional ref’s whistle being blown.
The gold trophy will serve as your Scatter and three or more trigger the Free Spins Bonus Round, where the 10-Ace symbols are replaced by goalie gloves, soccer cleats, and a ref’s whistle. During the Free Spins, if you get a Golden Ticket on Reel 5, you are awarded the Treble Bet Bonus. This bonus within a bonus has you selecting 3 of 6 teams to make your Treble Bet Bonus. If all your picks win, the Knockout Stage Bonus kicks in. If not, you return to your Free Spins.
During the Knockout Stage Bonus, the goal is to pick a winner in each of the four tournament rounds. If your chosen team wins, you advance to the next stage. The farther you go, the bigger the prize.
- 5 reels/20 paylines
- Treble Bet Bonus
- Knockout Stage Bonus
- Bets: 20 cents to $100
- Return to Player (RTP): 95.65 percent
- Max Payout: $210,000
- Available at: Golden Nugget
This game, from NetEnt, is full of unusual features, including three types of Wilds: regular, Stacked and Blocks. Blocks of Wilds come 2×2 during regular play only, but they do come in mighty handy. Also on tap are Hot Spots. You’ll find one two-row Hot Spot at the top of the 12-line reels and one at the bottom. Should any or all of a Wild block hit in these areas, you will activate the Heaven or Hell feature. (Symbolically, the top Hot Spot takes you to heaven and the bottom hotspot takes you to hell.)
The Heaven feature will produce two or four stacks of Wilds on the reels, increasing your chances for a big win, while the Hell feature adds eight or 16 single Wilds to the reels. Both of these features can be reactivated.
There’s also a Free Spins bonus game, during which the Hot Spot areas increase to 3 rows each, rather than two. Of note is the high RTP (96.08 percent) and a maximum payout of a whopping $750,000, very rare among online slots.
- 6 reels/100 paylines
- Wilds/Stacked Wilds/Block Wilds
- Hot Spots
- Heaven and Hell features