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Sports-themed slot machines are far from uncommon, and yet we haven’t seen that many take on hockey. A couple does exist, so there is competition for Pragmatic Play’s Hockey Attack, but new releases in this category are rare. They chose a type of setup that would make the game attractive to an Eastern audience, so it looks like a slot for the Chinese market if we go by the heavy use of the lucky number 8.

Hockey Attack gets 5×5 reels, and on them, you will discover 88 active lines. Those are just as many opportunities to help you get close to the top jackpot, worth 2,500x the stake. Not the biggest prize around, but enough in a slot machine with 96.37% RTP and medium volatility. As far as major features go, you get tumbling reels, regular wilds and random super-stacked ones, along with scatters, and free spins that have multipliers.

Betting and Prizes

The betting system looks primed for use in a country like China, where the number 8 is considered lucky. The minimum bet possible is RM0.88 per spin, while the highest one will reach RM176 (up to RM2 for each of the 88 lines).

I found the top jackpot of Hockey Attack to be adequately sized. 2,500x the stake is the best that the game will deliver, and that’s going to be enough in this case. The risks you’re taking are not that high, since the volatility is medium, and you also benefit from the fact that the RTP is at 96.37% (slightly above average odds in the long run).

Hockey Attack Slot Features

You have a lot of opportunities to form winning combinations since there are 88 active lines for you to use. It doesn’t stop there though, as tumbling reels trigger whenever a combination is formed. Removing the winning symbols, triggers a reaction where symbols above will drop down in empty positions, and then new ones will be added at the top. This can lead to further tumbles if additional wins form.

The regular wild is going to show up as the Hockey Wild logo, and it will be a substitute on the last three reels while playing through the paid spins (and the last four reels during free spins).

At any moment, while playing this game, you can get Super Stacked Wilds added to one of the middle three reels.

The Scatter logo is the one you need landing on at least 3 reels, to claim a prize, which could go up to 250x the stake. They also trigger the free spins at the same time. There are no options to retrigger this feature.

12 free spins are triggered at this point, and there will be a multiplier as well, which goes up by 1x as you form combinations and trigger the tumbling reels mechanic. Get 7 tumbles, and you could reach a multiplier of 8x for the current free spin. It will reset before the next round begins though.

As for the wilds, not only are these symbols present on four reels instead of three but there are also new ones being added each round. These get added to stacked wilds on the last four reels.

Theme & Design

Hockey Attack is taking us to the usual ice-covered hockey ring, but that’s just the bit we see to the sides. In the middle, there is a large game area, with 5×5 symbols, which takes over most of the screen space. The design of this one is a bit on the average side, nothing too interesting to see here. Its quality is at a level that I’d expect from a slot machine that’s a decade old, not from a game launched in 2021.

For its list of symbols, the game relies on the four light blue-colored Royals (J-A), and then there are premium symbols with skating shoes, helmets, and three players (blue, green, red). The feature symbols come with various logos.

Conclusion

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