There are hundreds of slots out there that use sport as a theme, but which ones are worth playing and which ones need to be avoided? What separates the aces from the double faults, the wondergoals from the own goals? Here at ThePogg, we have taken it upon ourselves to bring you a comprehensive list of the 10 best sport themed slots out there today.
We have slots about horse racing, football, ice hockey, fishing and even some extreme motocross thrown in for good measure.
We have old slots, new slots, beautifully designed slots, slots with a low house edge, slots with incredible bonus features and hopefully, if it is not too much to ask we might even have a slot that is beautifully designed and good value for money with exciting, innovative bonus features all thrown in together.
There are a few sports that have failed to make the cut so if slot designers happen to read this; we need a good tennis slot, a good golf slot, maybe some basketball or rugby wouldn’t go amiss either.
All the slots included on this list have scored between 8 and the maximum 10 out of 10 that we award for our slot reviews, so sit back and prepare yourself as we bring you the A Game of sporting slots.
We are kicking this list off with an old slot that we believe still holds up all these years later. The Football Star slot is part of a series of games that MicroGaming released roughly 5 years ago. There was a cricket, a rugby and a basketball slot but we felt at the time that Football Stars was the best of the bunch. It comes with a relatively low house edge, Free Spins and Wild symbols. Add to this a random feature and you have a very solid slot. It might not look as good as many of the football games being released today but as a whole package it stands up as one of the best football themed slots out there today.
From one football themed slot to another, but in this instance iSoftBet have taken the sheen off of reality and added some cartoon capers to make things decidedly more fun. With the Hot Shots slot you get Free Spins and Wilds, along with Wilds that expand and a remarkably low house edge. The slot looks brilliant and it comes with bears, dogs, cows, chickens and what I will need to assume are jaguars. They each were the football strip of the country that they represent, so the bulldog is English, the Chicken French, the bull Spanish, the bear Russian and the jaguar is Brazilian. Clearly intended to coincide with the 2018 World Cup, this is still one worth checking out now.
Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven
Not so long ago if you wanted to play a horse racing slot there was only one place for you start. The Frankie Dettori’s Magic Seven slot was instant hit and quickly became the only horse racing slot worth playing. It comes with a series of features that tie in with Dettori’s famous 7 wins in one race meet, the most obvious of which is the Bonus feature. You also get Free Spins and Wilds and whilst this slot may have aged a little over the years it is still a firm favourite for many slots enthusiasts.
We have had football and horseracing so it is time for us to slow things down a little and include a slot that features the world’s most popular sport. Millions of people fish every day, some for pleasure and some for necessity, creating a fine line sport and necessity. Obviously for the purpose of this list, fishing is a sport and the Lucky Angler slot should be considered one of the best slots of this sort out there. Possibly the oldest slot on our list, Lucky Angler was well ahead of its time when it was first released. In fact, I would go as far as to say there are slots on this list that are much newer that don’t look as good as this one. You get Sticky Wilds, Free Spins and very competitive house edge.
Racetrack Riches Megaboard
From the old to the new, the Racetrack Riches Megaboard slot is the most recent release on our list. This iSoftBet slot only hit casinos in March 2020 and it already finds itself in amongst some the slot world’s biggest names. You get Free Spins that appear in the form of the Megaboard, which can result in some pretty exciting wins if you get lucky. Add to this, 3 random modifiers, Wilds and a Mystery symbol and you have a really excellent slot. It is also worth mentioning that it looks fantastic, as do most of iSoftBet’s releases so far this year.
The Angler slot is our second fishing themed game to make it onto the list and it is also the first one on here to score a perfect 10 out of 10 on initial review. This BetSoft slot is, quite simply, the full package. At nearly 3 years old now this slot isn’t exactly one of the newest here but it still looks as fresh as it did back in 2017. With this one you get the big 3: Wilds, Free Spins and a Bonus. All three like well to the theme and when you add in a very low house edge there really is nothing here for anyone to criticise.
The Champions slot was released a few years ago by Pragmatic Play and was an instant hit, in no small part down to how good the slot looks. You always spot a Pragmatic Play slot, normally just by the vibrancy of the colours that they use in their slots. There is a lot going on here from the penalty shoot out Bonus feature to the Progressive Jackpot, it always feel like there is something going on, something to play for. The house edge is also very favourable, giving us another excellent football themed slot to add to our growing list.
Break Away Deluxe
If pushed to choose between Break Away and the Break Away Deluxe slot, I think I would go for the more recent release. It came out last year and was upgrade on the original Microgaming classic. Normally I don’t much are for reboots, but in this instance I do believe that improvements were made. The slot could look better but you get Free Spins, you get cascades, a multiplier in the Free Spins and a random feature, not to mention the Wilds as well. That is a lot to keep you busy as you spin those reels. The house edge is also low, making this a cracking entry into our top 10 sporting themed slots.
The Nitro Circus slot is one that deals with a theme I think most of us won’t have seen before. The X Games has this slot on its roster and, as far as I am aware absolutely no other slots to speak of. But that is OK when the slot in question is as good as this one is. It looks amazing and is filled with lots of incredible features. In the main bonus feature you can choose what bike to race, with each one giving you different advantages and disadvantages, making this as close to a computer game as slots ever really get.
Scudamore’s Super Stake
There really isn’t much for me to say about the Scudamore’s Super Stake slot that I haven’t said already many times before. It was out slot of the year in 2019 and has topped plenty of lists since Net Entertainment released it over a year ago. This horse racing slot turns takes its theme and embraces it in ways that we rarely get to see from slot developers. In the bonus feature you get to place a betting coupon, guessing how many of a certain symbol will appear over a certain number of spins. And then you have the main bonus feature where you choose 1 of 4 horses to back during your Free Spins. Add a decent house edge to this and you have the perfect way to end our list of the 10 best sporting themed slots.
The slots that have made it onto this list are all worthy of their place and for the most part they try to take something that we love about that sport and add it to those reels. I was cautious about releasing this list at this time when I know Net Entertainment has a football themed slot out in just over a month. If that slot proves good enough I might just have to come back to this in the middle of April and make a few adjustments.
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