Hockey League Wild Match

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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 9
3. Progressive No
4. Maximum coins 90
5. Jackpot 25000
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 50000
7. Multiplier No
8. Scatter symbol Yes
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.09 up to $45
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $0.5
12. Coins per line 10
13. Bonus Game No
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 96.52

Pragmatic Play, formerly known as Topgame, has built games around a variety of different themes and concepts. The Hockey League Wild Match video slot is obviously built around hockey, but it's also got a theme based around wild features, which means it focuses both on the theme of the game and the gameplay aspects of the title itself. This game isn't going to win graphics awards, but it has a decent enough presentation, and since it's based around gameplay more than anything else, it doesn't need fancy graphics to distract players from a lack of substance like titles from some of the competition.

Game Format

This is a nine-payline video slot with five reels and three rows. It's important to point out that the paylines pay in both directions, and you'll win the single-largest available pay on each payline, with the scatters not included since they can pay for being anywhere on the reels. Coins start down at the $0.01 level and go up to $0.50 apiece. Players can choose to bet between one and 10 coins on each payline per spin, so betting starts at just $0.09 per turn and goes up as high as $45 per spin.

Regular Payouts

There are a total of eight regular symbols in this game, and they're broken up into two groups. The first group are the high symbols of the people involved in the hockey game itself. The ref gives 200x for five of a kind, and he has an orange background. The player in red and white, with the red background, pays 100x for five. Five of the player in blue and white, again on a blue background, pays 70x for five, and five of the player in black and gold on a green background will pay 35x for five of a kind.

The bottom four symbols are the A, K, Q and J symbols. Interestingly enough, they are listed in a different order on the pay table itself where J pays higher than Q. However, our testing shows that this is a mistake, and the true order should have the Q over the J. We feel it's important to point this out, even though it's obviously just a minor oversight in how the pay table was laid out, so no one feels taken when they score with a payout with the J symbol.

Five of the green A pays 30x, and five of the yellow K gives you a 25x win. Despite the mistaken pay table, five of the red Q symbol pays 20x, and you'll get 15x for five of the orange J.

Wild Symbol and Features

The league cup trophy is the wild symbol. It shows up on all five reels, and it's responsible for the largest regular win in the game. Five of a kind gets you a whooping 5,000x pay, but what's really cool about the wild is that you can get paid for just one of a kind. This means any wild on the fist r fifth reel instantly gives you a payout.

On random spins, one of the middle three reels will become completely covered in wilds. While this makes it a lot easier to hit winning combinations on an individual basis, it also makes it easier to hit multi-line wins for even bigger payouts. It's important to note that wilds don't count as scatters, but if the random reels of wilds would have covered up a scatter, it still counts as being on the reels.

Free Spins Bonus Feature

Three or more of the scattered hockey puck (on a yellow pentagon) gives players 10, 15 or 25 free spins. You get a 3x multiplier on the payouts for all of the wins during this feature, and the free spins can be re-triggered indefinitely. This means the top available win in the game jumps up to 15,000x for five of the wilds during the free spins, which is definitely on the larger end of the scale for non-progressive slots.

Our Thoughts

Hockey League Wild Match tells you everything you need to know right in the title of the game: This is a hockey-themed slot that focuses on wild features. With that having been said, the gameplay is exceptional, and the free spins bonus feature packs a lot of value. This has a somewhat high volatility because of all of the value tied up in the bonus feature and the top jackpot of 5,000x for five wilds, but you definitely get a lot of small wins thanks to the way the wild features work in this game.

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