Finally! What has been for years a dearth of hockey-themed online slots, certain casino software producer/developers are finally respecting Canada’s game and putting out some nice slots on the sport. The Hockey Hero slot game produced by Push Gaming is a nice addition to the subgenre of casino games, which sharp graphics and interesting features aplenty. Though the players in the game are decidedly generic – or maybe they’re representing European teams rather than NHL or national squads; the gear on the red player icon could be CSKA Moscow’s… -- this one’s still great fun for fans of slots and hockey.
Good question, that. This version of Hockey Hero is produced by Push Gaming and should not be confused in any way with the Real Time Gaming slot game of the same name. RTG’s Hockey Hero was released in the earliest days of large-scale online casinos (think the later 1990s/early 2000s) and was a fair sight lamer than this Hockey Hero slot.
Hockey Hero is a five-reel slot with 40 paylines set on a 5x4 grid. The higher-paying regular symbols include those familiar icons from the game: pucks, helmets, skates, etc. The low-paying lot is composed of those tedious A, K, Q, J and 10 symbols plainly rendered.
The symbols you’ll want to look out for are the three players garbed in the red, blue and green jerseys. These are the highest-paying symbols in the base game and also trigger special features (more on this below). The Stanley Cup trophy is the wild; like all other symbols in the Hockey Hero slots game, wilds may be stacked. Finally, the goalie’s net is the scatter, triggering (as these things do) free spins when three or more land on a single spin.
As stated directly above, land three scatters in Hockey Hero to get five free spins. During the bonus free spins, only one of the three players will appear on the reels, thereby creating a greater possibility of winning combinations.
Also of note is the “hold and respin feature.” Should the first reel be filled with any of the three players, this feature kicks in. All plyer symbols and wilds are held in place for a win.
Okay, here goes: Though not nearly as awesome as Ice Hockey (no hockey-themed slots game is), Hockey Hero is definitely a fun play that only makes us wonder just what took so long for these quality hockey slots to hit the internet casino universe. Hockey Hero helps put this national pastime firmly in the online casino milieu in style.