The beauty of each new release in the FIFA cycle is that the game comes with at least a year’s worth of content to explore – just enough to ready for yourself for the next version. In the summer, we eagerly download the demo to see what tweaks and updates those creative types at EA Sports have come up with.
The fall brings with it the full release, which, this time around, of course, will be FIFA 20. This is where we launch gung-ho into a series of exhibition matches against our friends both at home and online. Sooner or later, we’ll be itching to get stuck into single-player and so will start up our career mode game with our favorite team or any side that takes our fancy, for that matter.
And, in amongst it all, there’s our Ultimate Team to put together and the latest game packs to download. Being a FIFA gamer these days truly is a rewarding experience! But there may be times when you put the controller down for a while, recharge your batteries and wait for inspiration to strike and fire up your next long-term game.
In that gap, there is still plenty to occupy your time. You can try your hand at the latest PES 2020 release – a franchise which is improving with each iteration, or a similar title such as Football Manager. There’s plenty of live games to watch too and, to maintain your love of the beautiful game, there’s a range of associated games to enjoy.
There are mobile titles like Tika Taka Soccer and Real Football, as well as slot titles such as Party Casino’s Top Strike Championship. You can play real money slots for free so it’s up to you whether you use a bankroll or not, and the emphasis here is very much on fun while you take a break from FIFA. Football slots come in all different shapes and sizes, so we thought we’d highlight a front four of the very best that are available to play right now.
Foxin’ Wins Football Fever
As you may have guessed from this game’s title, there’s a fox involved in the high-octane action here as players look to land the 50x maximum payout. The symbols in this game are more things that top-flight footballers can expect to spend their exorbitant wages on: fast cars, bling-worthy jewelry, gold bars and so on. With a random bonus and a free spins round, you can enjoy your own moment of glory in this fun video slot from the team at NYX Gaming.
Any slot title that incorporates actual football gaming into its action gets the thumbs up from us. The Champions is, in many ways, a traditional slot where you look to match three or more of the same symbol on a payline.
But here there’s lots more besides: each time the ball hits the back of the net, you add to your payout multiplier, which can reach up to 20x your stake. And the bonus game requires you to actually take penalty kicks! Score all five to land a fantastic 100x multiplier.
Played out on a backdrop of a huge stadium that is packed to the rafters with fans, Football Star is the kind of slot game that will have you pulling your shirt up over your head and sliding on your knees in celebration. There’s nothing incredibly unique about the gameplay but one thing that stands out is Microgaming’s ‘243 ways to win’ technology.
In this game, you don’t need to land matching symbols from left to right on your reels: they can appear on any relevant winning pattern.
You will be punching the air in delight if you can guess the winning team in this tactical slot from Amaya Gaming. There’s the red and the blue team and, rather than just symbols whizzing around your reels, there is lots of football-themed action to enjoy.
From overhead kicks to spectacular volleys, Gooal delivers exactly what the title suggests – plus a mighty fine slot game into the bargain.
If you are a fan of vintage football, this could be the slot game for you. The reels are set out like the classic Panini sticker collection, and the game’s symbols feature stars of yesteryear including Pele, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, George Best and more. There’s even a meat pie symbol for that truly authentic football feel!