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Hooligan Hustle[Play'n Go]


Hazel Wyatt

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Title: Hooligan Hustle
Developer: Play'n Go
Reels: 5
Rows: 3+
Paylines: Up to 248,832
RTP: 96.27% | 94.27% | 91.25% | 87.27% | 84.24%
Free Spins/Multiplier: 1-10/1-3x
Max Win: 10,000x
Max Win Probability: 1 in 12,345,679
Volatility: High
Min/Max Bet: 0.10/100
Release Date: November 9, 2022

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Hooligan Hustle: Slot Overview

Sometimes, a football match is more than just a football match. It's an excuse, or a catalyst, to get rowdy, hit opposition supporters, and smash stuff up. It might seem like a modern phenomenon, but the first record of violence at a football match dates back to England in the 14th century. Edward II banned football in 1314 because he thought fisticuffs and disorder at a game might lead to larger civil unrest. Hooliganism, dubbed 'ritualised male violence' is the subject of today's slot Hooligan Hustle from Swedish developer Play'n GO. This is a game that taps into the potent mix of sports, alcohol, mob mentality, and lashings of testosterone characteristic of the stereotypical hooligan.

Hooligan Hustle might have been more controversial if Play'n GO hadn't designed it in such a cartoonish manner with their tongue firmly in cheek. Let's acknowledge that in real life, hooliganism is a serious matter, causing property damage or personal injury such as the horrific events that took place during the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985. In the game world, it's all a bit of a laugh, a chance to get virtual bolshie, then go home afterwards, and no one gets hurt. On screen, Hooligan Hustle displays two groups of lads squaring off against each other, flipping v signs from behind a dustbin and a busted-up cop car. There's a San Quentin xWays vibe going on due to the mix of attitude, presentation, and the Rumble Row reel modifier sitting above the game panel.
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Played on a 5-reel, 3-row grid, Hooligan Hustle initially provides 243 ways to land winning combinations of at least three of a kind on. Its highly volatile math model suits the subject matter, though it's not as high as it can get from Play'n GO, the studio rating it as 7 out of 10. As always, RTP is variable, so be on the lookout for that. The most generous version is the default one, possessing a theoretical return value of 96.27%. One last stat is stakes, which range from 10 p/c to £/€100 per spin, accessible on any device.

Hooligan Hustle's paytable is rife with weapons and warriors, of sorts. The lower side of the paytable is made up of bricks, lager glasses, crowbars, batons, and knuckle dusters, worth up to 0.3 to 0.5 times the stake. Moving on to the premiums, we come across four ruffians worth 1.4 to 2 times the stake for a five of a kind win. A traffic cone has randomly been used as the wild symbol, landing on any reel to replace regular pay symbols.

Hooligan Hustle: Slot Features
Mystery Symbols
Question mark adorned wooden crates are mystery symbols. When mystery symbols hit, they all transform into the same matching symbol type, which could be anything except the scatter.

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Split Symbols
On any spin, a symbol may randomly be selected to split – this applies to all instances of this chosen symbol type in view. Splits can occur to any symbol bar the scatter and increase ways to win up to a maximum of 248,832.
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Rumble Row
Running along the top of the reels is the Rumble Row tracker containing five positions. On any base game spin, Rumble Row positions randomly activate, awarding modifiers to the reel below it:

  • Wild Reel – a reel of stacked wilds will land.

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  • Double Trouble – two reels are synchronised and land the same symbols on each.

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  • x2 Multiplier – an x2 multiplier is applied to all wins, including that reel.

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Free Spins
Landing 3 scatter symbols in the base games triggers the free spins bonus round. There are three choices of free spins; players pick one to commence the round:

  • Lairy! – 10 free spins with 2+ guaranteed Rumble Row modifiers active.
  • Riot! – 5 free spins with 3+ guaranteed Rumble Row modifiers active.
  • Anarchy! – 1 free spin with 4+ guaranteed Rumble Row modifiers active.

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Hooligan Hustle: Slot Verdict
First of all, let's say you don't have to be a hooligan, a ruffian, or even a scallywag to enjoy what Hooligan Hustle has to offer. The game comprises several features and mechanics Play'n GO has been experimenting with of late, so there is plenty to enjoy from a gameplay standpoint. Nothing that blazes a trail as such, but there's a neat continuation of what Play'n GO has been tinkering with recently. Factor in the uncommon subject matter, and you've got a game suitable for players up for some volatile action with a hint of controversy.

The features and gameplay do have a Nolimit City ring to them, such as the Rumble Row being reminiscent of Punk Rocker's enhancers. Except, in Hooligan Hustle, users get the benefit of the Rumble Row in the base game too. The modifiers themselves brought East Coast vs West Coast to mind as well, what with all the linked reels, stacked wilds, and splitting symbols. Hooligan Hustle avoids coming across as a copycat, though some players may understandably argue otherwise.

For anyone after an emotional roller coaster ride, the three free spins options present a conundrum. Do you raise a middle finger to the man by selecting an Anarchy free spin, play it safe and go for Lairy spins, or settle for a middle ground option with Riot spins? Tough choice because that one Anarchy spin is bound to be a temptation for players keen on some all or nothing single spin heroics. Get it right, whichever bonus is chosen, and wins as high as 10,000x the bet are possible.

While there are similarities, Hooligan Hustle presents evidence of Play'n GO charging down their own path even though some of the gameplay resembles stuff done elsewhere. Maybe we're being too lenient? If so, it's probably because Hooligan Hustle has bags of brash attitude backing up what it does. Not everyone will be down with the theme, but Hooligan Hustle doesn't give 

 

Edited by Hazel Wyatt
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