Fisticuffs is not just one of my favorite words in the English language, it’s also one of the really fun (and really simple) NetEntertainment video slots. The 3D graphics aren’t spectacular, but they’re video game quality. Gameplay is simple, the pay table is easy to understand, and the theme is 19th Century Boxing. What could be better than that?
The symbols used in the game are all the trappings of old-school boxing rings – refs, fighters, stools, water buckets, towels, etc. The game uses ten forced paylines and five reels of symbols along with a unique Two Ways betting feature to produce winning combos. It’s also stuffed with special symbols. More on those below.
Coins Range:$0.20 to $200
Free Spins/Multiplier Better:No
Fisticuffs takes the NetEnt forced-payline system one step further. Not only do players have to wager on each of ten paylines, but they also have to double that wager as part of the Two Ways system. Two Ways is kind of neat – it pays winnings for combos moving left to right AND right to left. Sure, you have to double your bet-per-spin every time, but it’s an exciting addition to slot play, which can get more than a little dull.
Players also have to place a multiplier bet per line between one and ten. That makes a minimum wager 20 coins and a maximum wager 200 coins. On this title, as is common with NetEnt video slots, coins can be set at one of the following denominations: $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, $0.50, and $1. Do the math and you’ll find that the available per-spin bet cost is between $0.20 and $200. That’s a nice range, because it lets budget slots fans like me play alongside online slots whales.
I found a review written by a source I respect that lists the theoretical payout percentage for this title at a tidy 96.7%. That number is identical to what I was able to find through a Google search. Assuming that number is right, it’s a pretty decent return for an online slot. I’ll give you an example using my own bankroll.
I like to make a bankroll of about $200 during my visits to NetEnt slot casinos (I sometimes play BetSoft-powered games, too), so if I wanted to figure out how much playing time and how many losses I could expect, all I have to do is a little math. At $0.20 per spin (that’s the minimum wager multiplied by the Two Ways addition – what can I say, I’m a sucker for gimmicks), I would only stand to lose about ten bucks out of my bankroll over 1,000 spins. That gives me a lot of entertainment value for my bankroll.
The top fixed jackpots on Fisticuffs are rather low. That’s common for NetEnt video slots, especially the titles that (like this one) have a ton of special symbols to increase player winnings. The top prize is 750 coins, paid out for lining up five championship belt symbols.
Where the money starts to really stack up is in the bonus games, described below.
This title’s only real bonus game is – of course – a fistfight. When two specific symbols line up diagonally from one another, they fight, and the resulting fracas releases sticky wild symbols and greatly increases the player’s chance of winning.
I triggered this bonus within my first fifteen minutes of play, and won a jackpot of 11,500 credits. Too bad I was playing with pretend money, right?
The straight wild and diagonal wild symbols that combine to trigger the fight feature above also substitute for all other symbols to form winning combos on any payline, left to right or right to left.
Fisticuffs is available on mobile casinos powered by NetEntertainment. It’s not one of NetEnt’s prettiest games, so it made for an easy transition to mobile. I don’t like the way the game seems too wide for my tablet device, but surely a software update can fix that in the near future. Fisticuffs is just as good a distraction on mobile as it is on traditional desktop or laptop computers.
I like Fisticuffs. It’s a simple game, but some players (myself included) like low-bet games that don’t require a lot of thinking. The graphics are somewhat simple, and the bonus scenes are a bit rarer than I’d expect from NetEnt, but if the theoretical payout percentage listed above is true, it’s a decently good bet for the player, as well.