Back in the 1880s, boxing was considered a gentlemanly sport that attracted plenty of spectators, although nowhere near as many as the number that now flocks to see 21st-century boxers participate in multi-million-pound championship fights.
Fisticuffs is a delightful and charming NetEnt online slot which celebrates the old-school boxers of the Victorian era.
The Fisticuffs slot certainly packs a punch with its Boxing Feature where the two opponents duck, weave, and jab their way around the reels to award you extra wild symbols in the hopes of securing you more prizes. And, if you are keen to place a wager on the fight, you can start spinning the reels with a low-risk bet of 20p or opt for higher stakes of up to £200.
More about the Software Provider
NetEnt was founded in Sweden in 1996, and launched its first online casino in 2002. The company was one of the first casino software providers to invest in mobile technology, and in 2011, it released its first mobile slot on the NetEnt Touch platform.
In 2013, it launched its excellent live casino suite, which lets players experience the excitement of playing at live blackjack, live roulette, live baccarat, live casino hold'em, live Caribbean stud poker, and live three-card poker tables.
But, the majority of NetEnt fans consider its online slots to be its forté, and there are hundreds of them to choose from, including progressive jackpot slots like Hall of Gods, Arabian Nights, and Mega Fortune, as well as online slots such as Twin Spin, Blood Suckers, Finn and the Swirly Spin, Starburst, and Gonzo's Quest.
Appearance and Sound Effects
Fisticuffs is set in a dimly-lit building where the boxing ring takes centre stage, and rows of seats line the outside of the room. The gameplay is accompanied by a jolly Music Hall soundtrack, and you can also hear the excited chatter of the crowd who applaud each time you create a winning combination.
The paytable symbols which you can use to form wins with include a stool, a boot, a pair of boxing gloves, a bell, a red-and-gold "Wild", a gold cup, a spit bucket, a champion's belt, a wiry boxer with a moustache, and a portly boxer in a pork pie hat.
Bonuses and Special Features
The two stars of Fisticuffs are both used as wild symbols. The big boxer is referred to as the Straight Wild while the smaller boxer is called the Diagonal Wild. The Straight Wild only ever appears on the third reel and he can substitute for all other symbols to help you win more cash. The Diagonal Wild can appear on the second and fourth reel only, and he too can replace any other symbol to help you win prizes.
What makes the Fisticuffs slot so much fun to play is the way in which the wild symbols react to each other during different scenarios. For example, if one or more Diagonal Wilds land on the same row as a Straight Wild, the Straight Wild jabs at the Diagonal Wild to push him onto the first or fifth reel while also turning all symbols between them into extra wild symbols. But, if one or more Diagonal Wild lands diagonally adjacent to a Straight Wild, the Diagonal Wild punches the Straight Wild and turns the symbol directly above or below the Diagonal Wild into an extra wild symbol.
Finally, there's the potentially lucrative Boxing Feature which is triggered when both wilds land diagonally or horizontally next to each other on the reels. The feature turns all adjacent symbols into wild symbols that stay on the reels for the duration of one re-spin.
Fisticuffs uses five reels, three rows of symbols, and ten fixed paylines, and boasts an impressive RTP (Return to Player Rate) of 96.70%. The game lets you create winning combinations using matching symbols in succession from both left to right and right to left.
The game is designed to work with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, and includes mobile-friendly game controls when played on mobile devices.
Fisticuffs is a knockout slot that brings the world of Victorian boxing to life with tongue-in-cheek graphics and animations. With Diagonal Wilds, Straight Wilds, stacked wilds, and re-spins, plus a top jackpot of 100,000 coins, it's a game that you'll definitely want to grab a ringside seat for!