Stand at the Heart of the Arena
Most, if not all, football slots are taking place at the heart of a packed stadium. Bicicleta is no exception to this unspoken rule, with giant transparent reels standing on top of the central grass. The game seems to be sold out and every single seat in the arena is taken. You can hear the crowd cheer throughout the game, and the command bar under the reels was kept as simple as possible.
Bicicleta has a typical Yggdrasil design, and by that we mean an absolutely terrific look. From top to bottom, the entire screen is filled with little details that make it look ultra-realistic and alive. Football fans will be especially thrilled by this modern look, but any slot game player will certainly appreciate the work that the developers have put out here.
Eagerly Waiting for the Kick-Off
The 5 reels of Bicicleta host 25 fixed paylines, so all you have to do is choose a wager with the plus and minus buttons on the command bar before spinning the reels. The betting range goes from 0.25 to 100 credits per turn, which is comfortable but not exceptional. You can skip ahead and play all-in with a single click on the max bet button, or activate the autoplay game mode in order to place the same wager several times in a row.
Bicicleta is just as dynamic as an actual football match, with each spin as likely to yield a small or a big prize thanks to the game’s medium variance. We always like balanced slots that give everyone a chance to win big at any time, and Bicicleta had us on the edge of our seats from start to finish. The paytable features the 4 suits of cards and 4 different players – we let you discover which ones by yourselves – with a top prize set at x250. But this is just the beginning…
Simple and Efficient Bonuses
Bicicleta is packed with classic yet efficient bonus features, starting with a simple wild card. This little symbol can appear anywhere on the reels and will gladly substitute for any of the basic symbols on the reels. The football itself, however, is a scatter that can never be replaced. Three or more of them on the reels award up to 24 free spins to the lucky players instantly.
The silver trophy symbol can only appear on reel 5 and has different effects. In regular game mode, the trophy awards 8 to 12 free spins and up to 1000 credits instantly. If you were already in free spin mode, a trophy on reel 5 adds 2 to 4 extra free games to your tally, up to 1,000 coins and initiates the wild reel feature; one is chosen randomly and is covered with sticky wilds that will stay until the end of the free spin mode.
A Dynamic yet Predictable Slot Game
Bicicleta is clearly designed to attract football fans out there, and we know that there are many who enjoy playing slot games as well. The realistic, 3D atmosphere of the game coupled with a simple gameplay makes it accessible to all players.
On the other hand, Bicicleta has no original features and sticks to classic rules and bonuses. There is nothing really innovative on or around the reels, and overall the game is very predictable. There are plenty of very similar slots on the market, such as Football Cup by Viaden, just to name one, and some have very decent graphics as well.