Exciting Sports Atmosphere in Ice Hockey Slot
A combination of visual spectacle and the roar of the crowd makes professional sports codes a natural fit for slot game themes, and Ice Hockey from Playtech software does a good job of reproducing the noise and excitement of a real hockey rink. A hockey goal in rainbow lighting is the backdrop for normal play, switching to the full nighttime arena during bonus features.
Ice Hockey is fairly packed with bonus features, starting with the player’s choice at the start of the game. After setting their bets, with 15 adjustable pay lines and a bet per spin ranging from 1 to 100 coins, players are offered a selection of major ice hockey-playing nations, and must choose two teams to compete against each other. Naturally, USA vs. Canada is a popular contest.
Team Choices Govern Icon Options
When the player has set two teams, three different team players, plus a national team flag, are then added to the reels for each team. The left-hand team in the pick will win prizes for combinations running left-to-right from Reel 1, while the right-hand team’s winning combos run right-to-left from Reel 5. Wilds and Poker symbols can form combos in both directions.
Ice Hockey’s six Poker symbols, 9 to A, are paired in value, winning between 5 coins for three 9s or 10s, and 300 coins for five Ks or As. If three or more different players from the same team form a combo, the player wins a Mixed Play prize of between 10 and 120 coins. For three or more matching players from the same team, prizes range from 50 to 5,000 coins, with some icons paying 5 coins for two of a kind as well.
Some Good Bonus Options
Ice Hockey offers three different bonus options, apart from the Wild. The Wild is a hockey goal emblazoned with the word Wild, and apart from substituting for other icons to complete combos, it also wins prizes for its own matches of two or more in sequence on a pay line, running either from Reel 1 or Reel 5. For five of a kind, the Wild pays 10,000 coins.
The two national team flags chosen by the player also score bonuses. They appear only on Reels 1 and 5, but when matching flags occur on both reels, 12 free spins are triggered. Only players from the triggering team will appear on the reels during free games, increasing the number of wins possible, and Mixed Play wins can run right-to-left as well as left-to-right.
Scatter and Pass the Puck Bonus
The Ice Hockey logo is the game’s Scatter, but it doesn’t trigger bonus games. Its sole function is to win the player a multiplier on the entire bet for the spin. For two, three, four or five Scatters anywhere, the player wins X1, X5, X25 or X125 the total stake per spin.
The Pass the Puck bonus is triggered by a puck icon that only appears on Reels 2 and 4. When it occurs on Reel 2, a left-side team member immediately to the puck’s left is designated, and the puck passes to each player on the same team across the reels, winning 3X the total bet for every player that touches the puck. On Reel 4, the puck starts off being passed to the left by the right-side player immediately to its right, and the same scoring rules apply.