Let the Game Begin
As with most, if not all, football slot games, Golden Goal is taking place in the stadium. The background of the game is actually a close up on the lawn itself, with nothing else but a simple reel set and the paytable on the side to distract you from counting the grass blades.
Add a simple, metallic command bar at the bottom and there you have Golden Goal. The game will clearly never win an award for design, but many players do prefer focusing solely on the reels, after all.
Easier Than an Actual Football Game
Golden Goal is played on 3 reels with one payline in the middle. Reels can stop in between symbols, which adds an extra layer of difficulty into the game. You can bet 1, 2 or 3 coins per spin, which given the preselected settings corresponds to a small betting range that goes from 0.25 to 0.75 credit per spin. You can always use the bet max and autoplay shortcut to speed up the process even further.
As for the paytable, it contains only a handful of icons: whistles, shoes and gloves, with a maximum reward worth 600 times your current line bet. That being said, the golden football is clearly the most interesting symbols for two reasons. First of all, it can replace the other icons and act as a wild. Second of all, a combination of 3 footballs in bet max unlocks the Golden Goal jackpot, as displayed right above the paytable.
Other Options to Consider
If you like retro slot games with a strong theme, you may want to check out Sultan’s Fortune by Playtech or Funky Monkey from Microgaming. Both use a very similar layout and gameplay and look a lot like Golden Goal in that aspect. But if you are more interested in football slots, you cannot ignore Playtech’s impressive Football carnival with its 50 paylines and high volatility.
A Classic Casino Slot Machine in Disguise
Golden Goal is best defined as a simple and retro slot game than a football slot per se. The gameplay is extremely simple and sometimes challenging, and we honestly felt that the whole football theme could have been easily replaced by classic casino icons.
In a nutshell, Golden Goal would probably be best enjoyed by old-school slot fans. If you are looking for a dynamic football slot, check out our recommendations above instead.