Football Finals X Up – Microgaming

Football Finals X Up – Microgaming

 

The ongoing FIFA World Cup can also be seen very clearly on the games front, as game developers keep pushing out football themed games during these times. Football Final X Up is one of those games released by Microgaming and as suggested already in its name, the X Up feature which increases your win multiplier is definitely in the spotlight with this title.

 

Overview

The basic layout of the game is very common one, consisting of 243 winlines spanning across five reels with three rows in each of them. On the left side of your reels you will see the X Up meter, which counts and shows win multiplier level that you have reached and which will be active on your next Free Spin bonus round.

Both of these features relies heavily on the Scatter symbols, as you need to land two Scatters on your reels to collect one X Up token. This token is stored on the X Up meter and you need to collect 23 tokens in total in order to fill up the whole meter and reach the maximum of 10x multiplier. Reaching the highest 10x multiplier will also automatically start the Free Spin feature immediately.

However, even when the X Up meter is not yet fully filled, you can of course activate the Free Spin feature the traditional way by landing three Scatter symbols on your reels. The feature will always start with 8 free spins and during it you can continue collecting the X Up tokens if your meter wasn’t full yet when the feature started. Additionally landing two Scatters during the feature will also give you +2 free spins.

 

Chanz verdict

All in all this is just a simple football themed slot and there is nothing more to it really. It doesn’t have any innovative or super complex features, but then again do you really even need them in a game like this? We feel like this game had a simple mission of getting the player to the right mood ahead of the World Cup games and bringing bit of that football hype to the casino side as well. If you’re up for a bit of football action before cheering your team in front of the television, head to Chanz.com to try it out yourself!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

Shadow Society – Red Tiger

Shadow Society – Red Tiger

This brand new slot release from the game developer Red Tiger introduces the player to the mysterious and secretive club called the Shadow Society. The masked members of the club look like they could be just some party-goers heading to an exclusive and elegant masquerade party, but we think that they might have more important plans… So lets take a closer look of the secrets this slot is hiding inside of it!

 

Overview

Shadow Society is actually really quite a unique slot and not only in the freemason’s secret social club kind-of-style, but also with its features and especially the gamewise very important progression system, which affects literally everything in the actual gameplay and the way the slot runs.

See, when you initially start the game for the very first time, your playarea consists of only three reels with three rows in each of them, creating a small 3×3 grid with nine winlines. However, this is where the progression part comes in, as you need to collect a total of five Eye Pyramid symbols in order to fill up the meter displayed above your reels and to unlock the first progression update. This can be done a total of 8 times as there are total of 8 upgrades for you to unlock, each of them activating one after another always as you manage to fill up the Eye Pyramid symbol meter. These are all the progression levels and the upgrades each level makes to your game;

1st upgrade: Unlocks the purple premium symbol
2nd upgrade: Unlocks and adds fourth reel to your playarea
3nd upgrade: Unlocks the green premium symbol
4nd upgrade: Unlocks and adds fourth row to your reels
5nd upgrade: Unlocks the red premium symbol
6nd upgrade: Unlocks and adds fifth reel to your playarea
7nd upgrade: Unlocks the gold premium symbol
8nd upgrade: Unlocks and adds fifth row to your reels

Once the progression is completed and everything has been upgraded, you will have an expanded playarea which is built from five reels with five rows in each of them, also increasing the number of total winlines up from nine to 25 winlines. After that the fun times can really begin!

The game also has a Free Spin feature of course, which is triggered in a very traditional way with 3 Scatter symbols. These Scatters can only land on the first reel, middle reel and rightmost reel despite of where you are in the upgrade progress and how many reels you have unlocked in total. The feature always starts with 10 free spins and 1x win multiplier and each win during it will increase the win multiplier by 1x, up to the maximum which is 15x. If you manage to land 3 more Scatter symbols during the feature, you will gain +5 Free Spins. Other than that the Free Spin feature works exactly like the base game and also includes your progression with everything you have unlocked.

 

Chanz verdict

We have a bit conflicting feelings about this game. On the other hand it is entertaining and fun to expand and open up the slot more and more as you play, but then again we also feel like something more could have been done with the progression idea. Right now it kind of feels like you absolutely need to unlock all the upgrades as soon as possible or you’re severely handicapping your game and win potential. But either way, once the game is fully opened up we had an absolute blast with it. Try it out yourself at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

Winners – November Treasure Hunt

And the winners are:

 

500 EUR Mikael O (mikaelelo6)

200 EUR Rauno M (raunom19)

200 EUR Melissa P (melissap26)

50 EUR Jakko S (jakkos24)

50 EUR Pekka R (pekkar73)

 

Winners of the 10 EUR:

 

Ville-Veikko S villes42
Tiit L tiitl88
Markku R markkur34
Irma K irmak22
Marko K markok75
Eija F eijaf39
Elvira J elviraj54
Helari V helariv87
Siiri L siiril42
Jenni H jennih23
Hanna K hannak543
Eija R eijar83
Tõnu I tõnui36
Nikita K nikitak64
Stella H stellah63
Aime A aimea16
Joonas R joonasr25
Leo O leoo16
Annika A annikaa96
Joonas S joonass46
Mikko K mikkok988
Heidi H heidih32
Deniss B denissb94
Kristjan K kristjank31
Edvin S edvins15
Sami Markus Juhani P samip96
Marko K markok21
Jori V joriv27
Jarmo K jarmok73
Eneken O enekeno28
Veera S veeras53
Juha R juhar314
Viljo I viljoi67
Küllike E küllikee67
Targo S targos72
Silver S silvers581
Eiko A eikoa94
Mirko R mirkor46
Pille L pillel59
Aleksei P alekseip966
Svetlana R svetlanar44
Guest #32871 guestg87445
Sonja H sonjah295
Maarja S maarjas89
Edgar K edgark89
Hannes L hannesl49

 

If you won the 50 free spins, these will be credited on your next login!

 

Congratulations to the winners and stay tuned for more competitions!

 

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Desperate Dawgs 2 Gigablox – Yggdrasil

Desperate Dawgs 2 Gigablox – Yggdrasil

 

The wild west has been a popular theme in slots for as long as we can remember, but Yggdrasil’s Desperate Dawgs definitely adds its own twist to it with its mean looking cartoonish dog characters. The just released Desperate Dawgs 2 Gigablox is a direct follow-up for the first slot and we dare to say that pretty much everything has been improved all the way from the graphics to its actual features!

 

Overview

One big change compared to the original game is already mentioned in the title of the new release; Gigablox. The new version of Desperate Dawgs indeed has the Gigablox mechanic included in it, which means that on each spin you will also get one huge Gigablox symbol that can be up to 6×6 in size. This Gigablox symbol will then break down back to normal 1×1 symbols if it lands on your reels so that it is part of a winning combination.

One thing we liked about the original game was the different bonus rounds it had and luckily Desperate Dawgs 2 doesn’t take that away. We still have three different bonus rounds included here, one for each of the main dog characters of the game. Each of these can be activated by their own Scatter symbols and you will need minimum of 6 Scatters anywhere on your reels to trigger it. Only one type of Scatter symbols will land during a spin and here are the different options with their unique features;

Train Robber: You get as many Free Spins as you had these Train Robber Scatter symbols on your reels when the feature was activated, so six Scatters would mean six Free Spins and so on. During the feature each spin includes a train with three wagons and each of these wagons contain either cash prize of 2-10x your stake or a dynamite stick. You need to get two dynamite symbols to open up the silver safes, which will contain a cash prize up to 30x your stake and five dynamites to open up the gold safe, which contains a cash prize up to 200x your stake.

Gunslinger: You get as many shots as you had these Gunslinger Scatter symbols on your reels when the feature was activated. When the feature begins you first get to choose between high and low volatility revolvers. The low volatility version is loaded with win multipliers of 1x, 2x, 2x, 3x, 3x and 4x, while the high volatility gun is loaded with multipliers of 1x, 1x, 1x, 1x, 1x, 10x. Each shot during the bonus game then reveals a prize and the random multiplier from your gun will be applied to it.

Bad Boy: You get as many Free Spin as you had these Gunslinger Scatter symbols on your reels when the feature was activated. This plays almost like the base game, except now your reels can be expanded! This happens through wins, as each win that you get during the feature will expand your playarea with +1 extra row and +15 winlines. If your win extends on the revealed extra row, you will also get +2 extra free spins. The normal playarea of 6×4 with 40 winlines can be extended to a maximum of 6×8 area with 100 winlines.

 

Chanz verdict

All in all we think that this is a very solid sequel which has managed to improve everything from the first game. The graphics seem to be more polished, the soundtrack is better and even the maximum win potential has received a substantial bump from 3902x your stake in the first game to 9872x your stake in this new version. Try it out yourself at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

Vinnie Jones Stories Roulette – Microgaming

Vinnie Jones Stories Roulette – Microgaming

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“It’s just like a regular roulette, but much better. Because of me”, these are the words Vinnie Jones himself said in the promo video for the original Vinnie Jones Roulette by Microgaming, and this is still very much the case for this second version, Vinnie Jones Stories Roulette, as well!

 

Overview

There is really not that much to go over with this release, since at its core it’s just your normal European style Roulette game, and plays exactly like the original Vinnie Jones Roulette. However, now Vinnie is not working as the croupier any longer and instead you get to hear an interesting story from him with each game round.

In this new version Vinnie is accompanied by the female co-host Rachel, who also starts each game round and gets the ball rolling. Once the round has started, Vinnie will answer some questions from fans or tell an otherwise interesting story of himself or his career while you are waiting for the round results to come in. The videos are pre-recorded in high definition quality, which also assures that there is no chance of mistakes happening like could happen when it’s all live and with a live dealer.

 

Chanz verdict

Overall this is a great roulette game, especially if you are fan of Vinnie Jones. But even if you are not, the stories he tells are very entertaining and therefore a very welcome addition for the otherwise boring time when you are just waiting for the ball the stop to see the result of the round. So unless you actually enjoy a complete silence while waiting, give Vinnie’s stories a Chanz and try the game yourself at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

Historia över världsmästerskapet i fotboll

Historia över världsmästerskapet i fotboll

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Fotboll är numera den populäraste sporten i hela världen och världsmästerskapet är höjdpunkten i den, som spelas vart fjärde år. Men vet du hur det hela började och hur VM faktiskt kom till i början? Det är en intressant historia som började för nästan ett sekel sedan, när FIFA officiellt tillkännagav den första upplagan av fotbolls-VM den 26 maj 1928.

Men historien om internationell fotboll går såklart mycket längre tillbaka än så. Den första officiella fotbollslandskampen spelades redan 1872. Det var en match mellan Skottland och England och den ägde rum i Glasgow – då hade fotbollen inte vunnit någon större popularitet ännu, och den spelades sällan ens utanför Storbritannien. Det började hända lite senare när 1900-talet började, eftersom sporten började få ett rejält drag i andra länder och de första nationella fotbollsförbunden bildades. Matchen mellan Uruguay och Argentina som ägde rum i Montevideo 1902 anses ha varit den första officiella landskampen som ägde rum utanför Storbritannien.

Därifrån fortsatte fotbollen att vinna popularitet över hela världen och inte långt efter den 22 maj 1904 såg världen äntligen bildandet av Fédération Internationale de Football Association, som idag är mer känt bara genom sin akronym FIFA. Då var fotboll redan inkluderad i OS, första gången i sommar-OS 1900, men det var bara för amatörspelare.

Stora förändringar började verkligen ske några decennier senare när det beslutades att de olympiska sommarspelen 1932 i Los Angeles inte längre skulle inkludera fotboll, på grund av att sporten inte var populär i USA. Internationella olympiska kommittén och FIFA hade också oenighet om statusen för amatörspelare i den olympiska tävlingen och det var då FIFA:s dåvarande president, Jules Rimet, beslutade att FIFA skulle organisera sin egen fotbolls-VM-turnering. Detta tillkännagavs officiellt den 26 maj 1928 och själva turneringen skulle spelas 1930. Eftersom Uruguay hade vunnit de två senaste olympiska sommarturneringarna som hölls 1924 och 1928, valdes landet som värdland för det första någonsin officiella fotbolls-VM.

Och så föddes världscupen som vi känner den idag! Totalt 13 nationer deltog i den första turneringen, sju av dem från Sydamerika, fyra från Europa och två från Nordamerika. Turneringen hölls på Centenario Stadium i Montevideo, Uruguays huvudstad, och Uruguay vann också hela turneringen genom att slå Argentina i finalen med ställningen 4-2.

Sedan dess har världscupen arrangerats vart fjärde år med undantag för åren 1942 och 1946 då turneringen ställdes in på grund av andra världskriget. Antalet deltagande länder har stadigt ökat under åren och det första året när vi såg det nuvarande formatet med 32 deltagande lag var VM 1998 som hölls i Frankrike. Turneringen utvecklas och växer fortfarande till denna dag, eftersom vi förväntar oss att se hela 48 deltagande lag i världsmästerskapet 2026!

Release the Kraken 2 – Pragmatic Play

Release the Kraken 2 – Pragmatic Play

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Release the Kraken 2 is a brand new slot from Pragmatic Play and as the name suggests, its a direct follow-up for the Release the Kraken which was published nearly three years ago in January 2020. The basic layout of the game is still the same as in the original, built on five reels with four rows on each of them. But there has been lot of other changes and plenty of cool new features included in this new version, so lets dive straight into it!

 

Overview

The star of the show here is of course the legendary sea-monster itself as its pictured in two of the most important symbols of the game, as the Kraken Scatter and Kraken Wild. The Kraken Wild works as a normal wild symbol, replacing any normal symbols on a winline in order to create a win for you. But that is not all it does, as when you land minimum of four Kraken Wild symbols on a same spin you will activate the Respin Mode. During the Respin Mode those wilds will become roaming wilds, meaning that on each spin they randomly change their place and move to a new position. You need to constantly land more Kraken Wild symbols in order to keep the respins going, as the mode ends immediately after the first respin where there is no new wilds landing on your reels.

The game also has couple of different randomly activating special features. The first one of these is called Stacked Wilds and when it is triggered there will be a big notification about it on your screen while the reels are spinning. This feature adds a Stacked Wild symbol which can land only on the three middle reels (reels #2, #3 and #4). If it lands only partially visible, for example only covering the very last row on that reel, it will move upwards from there until the whole reel is covered – and each time it moves a spot upwards, it also adds a 1x win multiplier. Possible win for that spin is then paid out with the multiplier after the Stacked Wild has moved to its final place covering the whole reel.

The second randomly activating special feature can only trigger after a spin that had no win in it. When this happens you will see a huge Kraken sweeping across all your reels completely rearranging all the symbols for a guaranteed win of 20-50x your stake.

Finally there is the Free Spin feature and this is activated traditionally by landing minimum of three Kraken Scatter symbols on your reels. When the feature starts you are first presented with a minigame where the amount of free spins will be determined along with the win multiplier. There is 16 different options ranging from 4-20 spins and 1-10x multiplier. These different options are hidden inside chests and you get to choose if you want to accept and open the very first lucky chest directly or if you want to reject it instead. If you choose to reject you then get to pick and eliminate four chests, narrowing down the different outcomes you can get. This is bit risky as you can accidentally eliminate the chest that has the highest amount of spins or the biggest win multiplier, so choose wisely!

 

Chanz verdict

We think that this is a great successor for the original game and exactly what you want to see in a follow-up title. This is not one of those sequels that is just quickly put together changing hardly anything from the original, but instead there is plenty of awesome new features that truly bring something fresh to the table. Easily recommended, especially if you enjoyed the first one! Head to Chanz.com to try it out yourself!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

Thunderstruck Stormchaser – Microgaming

Thunderstruck Stormchaser – Microgaming

 

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Norse mythology is another one of those themes that never really seem to go out of fashion among the casino game developers, but very few of them can say that their Norse mythology series have been running for almost two decades so far! However, that is exactly where we are with Microgaming’s Thunderstruck -slots, as the first title in the series was released a bit over 18 years ago in 2004. Now this just released Thunderstruck Stormchaser is already the fifth Thunderstruck installation and we dare to say its also the most advanced of them all when it comes to its offerings!

 

Overview

The basic game setup here is built on five reels with four rows on each of them, creating a total of 1024 winways. Main features included in the base game are the so called Rolling Reels mechanic, which works like tumble feature in some other slots; it removes all the symbols that were part of a win to make a room for new symbols dropping in and replacing them. Additionally it will also collect and remove all Multiplier Symbols, which can land anywhere on your playarea with a multiplier between 2x-20x. These will be then added together and the multiplier will be applied to your total win at the end of the Rolling Reels mechanic when there is no more new wins created with the new symbols dropping in.

The maximum win you can get with just one spin in this slot is massive 10,000x your stake and what makes it even more exciting is the fact that in theory this could happen on any spin during the base game. This is thanks to the Wildstorm feature, which can trigger randomly during the base game to give you full Wild reels. All your five reels can be affected by this so if that would happen, you would end up with all five reels full of Wild symbols generating the biggest possible win.

Finally there is also a Free Spin feature, which starts when you land minimum of three Scatter symbols anywhere on your reels during the base game. The feature always begins with a spin of the bonus wheel, which together with number of Scatters determines the starting win multiplier and exact amount of free spins;

3 Scatter symbols = Bonus wheel spin resulting in 7-12 free spins with multiplier of 1x-6x
4 Scatter symbols = Bonus wheel spin resulting in 10-15 free spins with multiplier of 3x-9x
5 Scatter symbols = Bonus wheel spin resulting in 15-25 free spins with multiplier of 5x-12x

The bonus wheel also dictates how many Wildstorm tokens you get to start with. You need to collect these tokens in order to enjoy some Wildstorm spins after the Free Spin bonus ends, and this can be done by landing more Scatter symbols during the feature. These are then counted next to your reels with three different stages to reach; if you manage to collect a total of either 12, 14 or 16 Wildstorm tokens, you will get 1, 2 or 3 Wildstorm spins at the end of it.

 

Chanz verdict

This could easily be the best Thunderstruck -game so far from Microgaming. The graphic and sound design is absolutely spot on and manages to create a really epic fantasy-like atmosphere which suits this game perfectly. The features it has are very well thought out and just overall really entertaining to watch. We had a blast with this slot and can only recommend it! Head to Chanz.com right away to try it yourself!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.

Challenge Mania winners!

And the winners are!

250 EUR: Eiko A (eikoa94)

150 EUR: Anneli A (annelia12)

100 EUR: Kairit L (kairitl19)

 

Congratulations to the winners!

 

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Candy Stars – Pragmatic Play

Candy Stars – Pragmatic Play

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Pragmatic Play’s brand new game release Candy Stars is a pretty average slot in many ways. It is built on five reels with three rows on each of them, plus an additional horizontal reel with three symbols above the middlemost reels. With the horizontal reel included the rows are in 3-4-4-4-3 formation creating a total of 574 winlines for the player.

 

Overview

The main symbols that are featured in the game are mentioned in its name already. Yes, you guessed it right, there will be candies and stars! The premium symbols of the game are depicted with different brightly colored sweet looking candies, but the real stars of the show are the Star Wilds that can only land on the horizontal reel.

Main mechanics here include the Tumble feature, which we have seen in many games before. What this means exactly is that when you get a win, all the winning symbols will be removed from your reels to make a room for new symbols dropping in to replace them. This goes on for as long as there is new wins generated.

The Star Wild symbols act bit differently here however, as those will not be removed even if they are a part of a winning line. Instead they will stay where they landed on the horizontal reel and receive a +1 on their win multiplier with each tumble action that happens. The multiplier can grow as high as 128x and it will be applied to any win that the Star Wild in question is part of.

The game also has a Free Spin feature, which will be triggered if you land three Diamond Scatters. Those can only land on reels #1, #3 and #5. The feature always starts with 8 free spins, and during the free spins those features from the base game are boosted quite significantly, as now you get one guaranteed Star Wild on the horizontal reel with every single spin. The Star Wild also comes with a starting multiplier of 2x (instead of 1x in the base game) and now each tumble action doubles the multiplier instead of just adding +1x to it. The maximum multiplier is still the same as in the base game though; up to 128x. You can also extend the feature and get 5 more free spins if you manage to land three more Scatter symbols during the same spin or tumbling sequence.

 

Chanz overview

As mentioned in the very beginning of this article, the game feels very average overall. It is not a bad game by any means, but honestly there just isn’t anything super special or innovative either. All of its features we have already seen in other games in one form or another, and even the candy theme is quite a common one. But what we really liked here was the Star Wild multipliers, as those can bring very nice hits even during the base game. The maximum win in this slot is not too bad either at 5000x your stake, so there is actually potential to hit some massive wins! Try it yourself at Chanz.com!

 

Play responsibly. 18/21+.