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Sport-themed slots come in all shapes and sizes, from timely tie-ins like Playtech's Football Carnvial (which coincided with the 2014 Brazil World Cup) to more generic online casino games like Football Rules from the same developer.

The Olympics always lends itself well to online slots too: there is a wealth of events to pick from for your symbols, and you can pretty much conjure up any bonus game you like. Just check out iSoftBet's Olympic Slots to see what you can achieve as a developer.

Playtech have gone down the generic route with the Golden Games video slot, which packs more gold medals, Olympic flames, and stopwatches than you can shake a Usain Bolt pose at. It looks like a top winner, but does the gameplay meet the graphics? Let's take a closer look.

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Although Golden Games features some OK animation on winning symbols/lines, the general gameplay is a little slow. It really needs a Turbo Mode to speed things up a bit - ironic given the slot is all about athletics and sport.

Players can set their bets from coins worth just 0.01. However, the max bet per line of 100.00 makes for a best bet of 2500.00 per spin. There's also an AutoPlay function where you can programme in up to 99 spins. However, it's rather laborious as you can only adjust your spins one at a time.

The slot has a Gamble feature as well. A winning spin can be doubled by guessing the colour of the next card drawn (Red or Black). Guess incorrectly and you lose the lot. The double-up high limit is 5000.00.


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Win Up To 500x With Regular Sporty Symbols

The regular payouts in Golden Games come from the Olympic sport icons. There are five in total: the swimmer icon, which pays up to 50x your line bet, a runner who pays 75x, a fencer (100x for 5OAK), boxer (125x top payout), and cyclist (150x for five on a payline).

Next come the animated symbols. These all pay for just two matching on a payline. The weights pay from 2x to 200x for 2OAK to 5OAK, with the basketball paying up to 300x. The tennis racquet pays out 400x as a best reward, while the stopwatch pays 500x if you line up five. A quick scan of the payouts reveals some pretty poor real cash prizes overall, though. 2OAK only pays 2x-5x, and even three Stopwatches pays 25x - effectively 1x your total bet on 25 paylines.

Land The Olympic Flame For Bonus Free Spins

The gold medal acts as Golden Games' Wild symbol. It will substitute for all regular symbols except the Scatter and Bonus symbols. Two Wilds on a valid payline gets you 10x, while five Wilds pays 10,000x your line bet.

There's a regular Scatter pay - the discus thrower - who will pay regardless of where he lands. Two Scatters pays just 1x, but five Scatters will result in a 250x top prize. However, two BONUS Olympic Flames on Reels 1 & 5 will trigger a free spins round. Punters win 20 free spins with a 2x multiplier on all wins.

Go For Gold With The Free Golden Games Slot

There are definitely some decent wins to be had in Golden Games. However, with the maximum regular payouts fairly low you're looking at a lot of small but frequent prizes. In particular, we found the Discus Thrower Scatter symbol helping us to the odd 30-40x total stake win. And the Wilds tended to land in batches. Trickier is the free spins bonus trigger which was frustrating more than anything.

For more sports-themed slot madness, you could do far worse than check out one of Playtech's Top Trumps branded games. Top Trumps World Football Stars or the 2014 version, released to coincide with the World Cup, are definitely ones to aim for. Play for free and see what you think.

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