Soccer Safari may date back to the South Africa World Cup prior to this summer’s footballing extravaganza in Brazil, but for fans of sport related casino games it retains its appeal as one of the most popular football-themed video slot games. While the South Africa World Cup will, unlike this year’s South American addition, will not go down in the annals as one of the more memorable World Cups, it has an important position as being the first World Cup to ever be held on African soil. Soccer Safari both pays homage to the World’s sport as well as its hosts with South Africa one of the great continent’s most popular safari destinations.
The game is a Microgaming production and as such meets the production criteria expected of one of the most established video slot makers in the industry. It has a quirky feel and its 5 reels host an impressive maximum of 30 paylines in total. The theme blends football with some of the most popular protagonists anyone would like to come across on safari with Meer cats, lions, monkeys, hippos and more taking on the roles of the beautiful game’s protagonists. All of the symbols on the reels are feature and display a group of Meer cat fans cheering their team on, a wildebeest player being shown a red card by a zebra referee and players of a variety of animal species.
The creativity of the theme and the entertaining animation of the symbols gives Football Safari a unique feel unusual for a video slot game. The music is also catchy and overlaid with nice sound effects while the reels are spinning. Winning combinations also result in a heart-warming cheer to add some extra gloss to them.
Betting starts at a tiny £0.01 per line so £0.30 per spin when all paylines are activated. One criticism of the gameplay is that when adjusting the paylines being played the controls only allow you to go up so moving from one to thirty requires thirty clicks of your mouse and if you happen to go past the level you want you have to go through the entire cycle again to get back.
The gamble function is both enticing and most probably a great profit earner for the casino. On any payouts you can choose to gamble your win to multiply it. This is either on a x2 multiplier choosing whether you will get a red or black card at 50/50 odds, or a on a more daring x4 multiplier for guessing the suit of the card. I found myself regularly tempted into the riskier gamble and losing my precious wins. I would personally recommend either sticking with your initial win or going for the x2 gamble option at most.