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Mankind has always settled disputes with its fists, and probably always will. Fisticuffs, a video slot game by NetEnt, draws its inspiration from the days when it was considered a “gentleman’s sport.” Boxing became popular in England beginning in the late 18th Century, gaining fans in its various forms, which included bare-knuckle fights. The Marquess of Queensberry rules were adopted in 1867 and are still used in modern boxing. Setting the scene for Fisticuffs, game graphics are arranged in a “ring” with slot action symbols in cartoon detail. Symbols include boxing gloves, a small stool, water bucket with a towel, a championship belt, lace-up shoes and a bell to announce the beginning and end of each round. The wild symbols are boxing opponents, one a skinny boxer (lightweight) with a large handlebar mustache, the other a portly fellow (heavyweight) with a little bitty bowler on top his hairless head.
Return to player: 96.58%.
When you step in the ring to play Fisticuffs, a noisy crowd greets you with the low hum of excited conversation. Hit the play button and a dance-hall piano starts up. As each spinning symbol stops on a reel, you’ll hear a dull “thud,” the sound of a boxer landing a punch. This game has five reels and three rows with 10 betting lines offering 1-10 bet levels and various coin values. It also includes a win-both-ways feature that counts wins from the far left to the middle and/or from the far right to the middle (with three matching, symbols in consecutive order, of course). Wins from any and all lines are added together for one total with each spin.
The wilds replace all other symbols to create winning combinations. The heavyweight is a straight wild and appears only on the third reel, while the lightweight is a diagonal wild and appears only on reels two and four. When both wilds are touching, either horizontally or diagonally, one KO’s the other and the symbol between them turns wild for a winning combination that results in a free re-spin. The wilds stick on the reel and winnings from a re-spin are counted toward the total winnings for the original spin. A winning payout equals the win in coins multiplied by the value of the coin. For more than one win on the same line, only the higher amount is paid. If your luck holds and you have five matching symbols on a betting line, it is a win-both-ways and pays twice the amount.
You can play Fisticuffs for fun or for cash. When the boxing feature activates a free re-spin, you have the chance to land a stacked wild. The stacked wild substitutes for all other symbols and appears on the first or fifth reel only and only during re-spins. If you get confused about what qualifies as a win or how much it pays, simply click on any symbol during the main game for a refresher. For faster action, turn on the quick spin option and/or make the space bar function as the spin button. With all the graphics and action, you’re sure to enjoy this slapstick-like game. Who knew boxing could be this much fun?