The Champions


Get World Cup fever in The Champions, a football themed slot from Pragmatic Play. Highlights here include the Momentum Progressive Game feature where your wins are multiplied by up to 20x as well as a Penalty Shots Bonus feature where prizes of 100 times your stake can be won. Play on all devices from between 25p and £125 per spin.

The first choice you’ll have to make when firing up The Champions is which country to play as – you’ll have the pick of all 32 teams from the 2018 World Cup. With packed stands and a pitch in the background, you’ll see A, K and Q symbols alongside whistles, goalie gloves, boots and a shirt.

The colour of these symbols varies depending on which team you choose – opt for Brazil and you’ll see lots of yellow and blue. Pick England and it’s white and red. The best standard symbol is the football – land 3, 4 or 5 of these on a payline and you’ll pocket 2, 8 or 20 times your total stake.

Even more rewarding is the trophy which is the wild – it replaces all other symbols bar the bonus and offers awards of just over 3, 20 or 40 times your total stake per payline. The Champions comes with a pair of bonus features:

Momentum Progressive Game feature – you’ll see a target symbol overlaid over the reels. You can move this wherever you choose. If the football lands in this position, you’ll score a goal and level up. For the next 10 free spins, you’ll get a multiplier which is applied to all your wins. Score another goal and the multiplier increases a level and the number of free spins they’re active for resets to 10:

  • Level 2 = 2x
  • Level 3 = 4x
  • Level 4 = 6x
  • Level 5 = 8x
  • Level 6 = 10x
  • Level 7 = 12x
  • Level 8 = 14x
  • Level 9 = 16x
  • Level 10 = 18x
  • Level 11 = 20x

Go through 10 free spins without scoring a goal and you’ll go back to level 1 with payouts at the standard 1x.

Penalty Shots Bonus feature – this round is triggered by landing the bonus symbol on reels 2, 3 and 4 on the same spin. You’ll then be awarded 5 penalties. Pick 1 of the 4 targets. If you score, you’ll win a prize. Score 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 penalties and you’ll receive a payout of 5, 10, 15, 25 or 100 times your total stake.

The Champions is a pretty simple game. The visuals are rather basic but do the job. The main excitement comes from the expanding multipliers and the penalty shot round. This isn’t a particularly volatile game and the variance is in the medium range – saying that, you can win up to 1,364 times your stake on each free spin (with the 20x multiplier).