Sports betting is big business, and casinos have been trying for years to capture a little bit of that magic in slot games and in bricks and mortar with varying degrees of success. While horse racing and boxing have successful virtual versions, football has always been a bit trickier, which is where Football Studio comes in.
It’s a game unlike any other, combining sports with cards, but is it a winning combination or a disappointing flop? Let’s find out in our Football Studio slot game review.
Football Studio looks a lot like many other live games, in that there is a dealer and table with a heavily CGI focused background so that the whole package looks a lot like a live sports broadcast studio. This format of gaming made its debut during the 2018 World Cup, and emerged to allow gamers to play a football themed game that mirrored the games taking place in the tournament.
The CGI game proved so popular that Evolution continued to run it afterwards, and it’s still going to this day. As is often the case with live games much of the quality depends on the skill of the host, and these dealers do a good job of hyping up the game to match the sports analysis theme of the backdrop, so it feels a bit like you’re watching actual pundits on TV.
As you may have detected, the game itself has nothing at all to do with football. Each ‘match’ revolves around the host drawing one card each for the two participating teams, and the higher of the two cards determines which ‘team’ wins. You can bet on home, away and draw, which is what happens when the cards dealt are the same.
That’s the whole game in a nutshell, and because it’s so simple it can be played in a pretty rapid fire manner, with each round taking no more than a couple of minutes each. There are only three options which results in a pretty high RTP of 96.27%, but the fun is entirely bound up in the tension of the draw, and there aren’t any other features to talk about.
As indicated earlier, this game really is incredibly simple, and all it requires is you to bet on one of three outcomes and wait for the result. However it’s all about the presentation, and this game does a great job of building up hype around something that’s not got a huge amount of content.
From the CGI graphics that make the game look like a sports show, to the fast talking presenter, to the analytics and sports stories that scroll along the bottom of the screen, there are all sorts of fun extras that sell the simulation. There’s even a chat function so that you can talk with your fellow gamers as you experience the roller coaster thrills and spills.
The Football Studio live game is all about the presentation and the football theme of what is really a pretty simplistic card guessing game. While the rest of what’s involved in the game is all set dressing, the host and the designers have done a great job of selling the hype around the game to us, and we have to admit that it’s fun to chat and get caught up in the excitement of it all.