|Online Slot Machine||Basketball Star|
|Slot Provider||Microgaming Casino Software|
Microgaming have released a “Sports Star” series of slots using the exact same game engine for each but giving you the option of picking your favourite sport to play on. The slots in the series so far are:
Break Away (Ice Hockey)
The Sports Star slots are the usual 3×5 reels but in this case feature 243 win lines with bet increments of 50 pence or 50 cents.
Wilds and Scatters
The Wilds and Scatters are your key to basketball stardom and cashing in on really big bucks. The Wilds are represented by the unmissable Basketball Star symbol – a reminder of how valuable and useful they are! These substitute for all other symbols except the Scatter symbol and will improve your chances of landing a winning combo on the reels. The Scatter symbol, represented by a bouncy basketball, create winning Scatter combos when two or more appear on the reels, and these combos can award a 2x multiplier value to any regular wins as part of the Free Throws Bonus Game. Will you be able to make a slam dunk?
Wild Shot Feature
And you thought Basketball Star couldn’t get any more exciting…the Wild Shot Feature can be randomly activated during the regular slot game, causing any reel between 2-4 to spontaneously transform into an Wild reel. These Wild reels can then accept Stacked Wilds, meaning chances of a bigger total payout!
Rolling Reels™ Feature
Rolling Reels is the key to getting consecutive, endless wins – if you’re lucky. Any win activates this feature, causing your winning combination to explode and disappear in a puff of air. The gaps left by these symbols quickly get filled by new symbols, and if a winning combination results from these, you are paid out AGAIN! Think of it like a high-powered, more intense game of Tetris…
Free Throws Bonus Game
If you’re lucky enough to get three or more Ball symbols scattered on the reels, you’ll activate the Free Throws Bonus game. With this you will receive up 25 free spins and a multiplier trail starting at 2x and increasing to an amazing 10x multiplier depending on how many consecutive wins you get. The Rolling Reels Feature is also available during free spins so you can make even BIGGER wins!
Landing three, four or five of the basketball scatter symbols anywhere in view will reward you with the following:
- Three balls – 15 free spins
- Four balls – 20 free spins
- Five balls – 25 free spins
Return To Player
This game has a theoretical RTP of 96.42% which means for every £100 wagered it will pay out £96.42.
The Sports Star slots are certainly an entertaining set of slot games though you are likely to find that you will discover your favourite and stick to that one rather than flitting between the 5 different games. This slot can be tight for lengthy periods of time and with the high minimum bet and increment value you don’t want to push the boat out too far too soon. With rolling reels and stacked wilds even during normal game-play you can land some pretty tasty wins.
Despite the Sports Star slots essentially being a clone of each other I have to say I am slightly disappointed with this version compared to the Cricket Star Slot as it isn’t quite as gripping. Maybe its be Im a former cricketer (although spending 17 weeks in the USA in 2015 I managed to watch, and enjoy endless hours of NBA and NCAA basketball), or maybe it is because the world leader in terms of basketball is branded to the max making it affordable to design a slot as life like as cricket, I’m not sure. That being said, the whole series is a clever use of the software for multiple purposes, and will certainly keep you entertained.
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