Fisticuffs from NetEnt: Slot Review - a little bit of fun

Fisticuffs, a slot game by NetEnt, does not manage to convince Gaming Revolution. The game has few special features, minimal free spins and a bonus game, which does not pay out high.

Fisticuffs is a video slot with five reels and a pretty cool theme. NetEnt once again managed to create characters worthy of a Pixar movie for this slot game. Upon starting the online game, players will find two fellows, ready to batter each other in the ring. One slim and one fat, both are united in wearing white vests and tattoos. They certainly are some dodgy characters, which nevertheless look quirky and fun.

Special Features

This game would be little true to its theme if there wasn’t a bonus game, which featured some boxing action. This feature is activated whenever a player receives the diagonal wild and straight wild symbols next to one another - whether they appear horizontally or diagonally next to one another does not matter. What will happen next is that the lights go on, the boxers are getting ready and start flinging their fists at each other. This turns the symbols into wilds, and even better a free spins follow.

This bonus feature may not be that exciting in terms of its profitability. However, it makes up for this with its expert design, which makes it exciting to watch on as the bonus game unfolds.

It is fair to say that Fisticuffs is lacking a little in bonus features. Stacked wilds exist, so do wilds. This is, however, where it stops. Yet, considering that the game’s default is it to win both ways, this lack is unsurprising and ensures that the house edge is fairly distributed.

Theme and Graphics

The background depicts a boxing ring and, coupled with well-designed symbols (such as trophies and boxing gloves), the colour scheme is warm and inviting. Below the reel, NetEnt boasts with one of the many attractions in Fisticuffs, namely the ability for players to ‘win both ways’. Both coin value and level can be amended in few clicks, and auto play and max bet eradicate the need for this altogether. These great features are, however, nothing unusual given that it’s what we have come to expect from NetEnt. The same applies to the tablet and mobile versions of the game, which are top-notch, just as I expected.

Win lines, Payouts and Jackpots

This game cannot keep up with some other NetEnt slot games in terms of its payouts. At an RTP of 96.7, the only hope for players to achieve some monetary reward is to play Fisticuffs for many, many rounds. Considering this, it is wise to manage casino funds carefully, ensuring that enough is left to play the video slot for a prolonged time. It may even be more fun to be played for free, rather than in max bet mode.

Our Verdict on Fisticuffs

Fisticuffs biggest asset is its good design. The fun characters tempt players into playing this video slot over another game. This, however, considering the relatively poor payouts, may not be the best advice. In short, invest little in this slot game and still enjoy its graphics to the max.