Fisticuffs Basic Information:
I say old sport, put up your dukes! Sir, your words wound me, have you no respect? Is there anything as funny as ye-old tough-guy talk? No. The answer is no. Fisticuffs aims to bring the excitement of the golden age of fist-fighting to the fun of the modern pokie game. Is this a good fit, or is this one fight which you should avoid? Read our review to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Fisticuffs is no exception. This game was released on the 11th of November, 2013.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Fisticuffs comes with a total of 10 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 20
- The maximum coins bet sits at 200
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 1.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.7%, which is towards the higher end of average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with 4 different sections. These are as follows:
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Intro Screen
This option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.
- Ambience sound
This option toggles the background noises from the game. While these are rather atmospheric they might be annoying for some players.
- Sound effects
This option simply toggles off all sound effects when selected.
- High, Medium and Low
The different graphics settings here serve an important purpose. The higher these are set the better the game will look, but the more demanding it will be on older or less powerful devices. Because of this players should probably set the game to medium or low when experiencing performance problems on their chosen devices.
- Spacebar to spin
This option lets the player start the spinning of the reels with a simple press of the spacebar, in addition to the regular methods.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are four different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Fisticuffs also comes with question-mark and paytable help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the paytable button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the paytable button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower left of the game main screen.
Back in the olden days boxing was a sport for gentlemen, at least that is how the romanticised history goes. In reality it was much more brutal and bloody than it is today, with fewer rules and far more forgiving referees. More like an extended bar-fight than anything else, really.
This game takes obvious inspiration from upper class fisticuffs prior to the 1950's. This means huge shoes, ropes for, well ropes, and balding gamblers smoking pipes. Pretty cool, really, but probably not a place which is good for the health of anyone.
Other Features and Bonuses
The boxing feature of fisticuffs is accessed when the diagonal wild symbol and the straight wild symbol appear next to each-other, either vertically or horizontally. When active this feature transforms adjacent symbols into additional wild which remain on the reels for the 1 awarded respin.
The straight wild in Fisticuffs comes in the form of a large gentleman inside of a circle of red and gold. These only appear on reel 3. If 1 or 2 diagonal wilds appear on the same row as this straight wild then the straight wild will punch the diagonal wild to reel 1 and/or 5. Any symbols in between in this situation will be transformed into additional wild. These can substitute for any other symbol.
The diagonal wild in this game comes in the form of a skinny gentleman on a background of gold and red. These can only appear on reels 2 and four. If 1 or 2 of these appear diagonally to a straight wild then the diagonal wild will punch the straight wild, transforming the symbol either above or below into an additional wild symbol. These can substitute for any other symbol.
The standard and stacked wild symbol in Fisticuffs comes in the form of a simple red and gold wild icon. These can substitute for any other symbols. During the boxing feature these remain on the reels for the one awarded re-spin. During the re-spin these stacked wilds can only appear on reels 1 and 5.
There are no bonus games available from within Fisticuffs.
How to Play:
Basic play for Fisticuffs is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
If there is one word which I would use to describe the design of this game it would be comfortable. This a game which heavily relies on the atmosphere of an old timey boxing match, and it works surprisingly well. From the characters to the animations and background, almost all of these elements work together to create a fantastically stylised experience. I say almost all of these elements because, as is often the case, the buttons which the user plays the game with are all the standard default NetEnt frame-work look. This is a little disappointing as it takes away from the obvious effort put in to the rest of the theme.
In terms of usability this is a game which performs very well. Everything here is fast and responsive, with us finding no problems in reliability during our tests. This is aided by the multitude of graphics and other options which helps the player customise their experience into something just right for them.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Fisticuffs there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A very well made pokie, but one which is hard to recommend unless you are a particular fan of the theme. This comes down to simple fact that there really isn't a whole lot to this pokie. It's not the most limited game out there when it comes to bonus structure, but it's also not that far off. If you are curious for something new, then we can absolutely recommend checking it out, but this game probably wont hold the attention of die-hard pokie players for very long. A shame, really, because what is on offer here is very well done, it's just that there is not enough of it.
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