Released just in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Microgaming have created a 243 ways to win game that reflect key aspects of the game in this Rugby Star slot machine.
All set on the backdrop of a crowd filled stadium. The Rugby Star slot, much like we’ve seen in Microgaming’s similar slots previously in Cricket Star and Football Star, covers the reels in an imagery of symbols that you’d find on the field.
You get action-packed players from some of the top nations in the sport, including Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Wales, and England, all trying to score tries, kick penalties or defend against the competition.
You’ll also find scrum caps, boots, the stadium itself and that all important super shiny trophy. But those cover the lower paying symbols, what you are really on the look out for are the rugby ball scatters, and those stacked wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4.
What makes the action keep on coming are those 243 ways to win reels. No ordinary bet lines here, like you’d find in Hot As Hades slot, but you get wins for adjacent symbols paying from left to right instead.
It gives you more opportunities and, combine them with those stacked wilds that can appear across the three central reels, gets you wins in the base game upwards of 50x your bet.
More often than not, you will get a single wild reel be completely stacked on reel 3 or 4, but find two or even three reels completely stacked, and then you’re certain to win big.
Because there’s something else we haven’t mentioned about this Rugby Star slot game yet, and that’s it comes with rolling reels or avalanche reels, like you’d find in NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest.
This gives you symbols that disappear on a win with more dropping down from above to fill the gaps. This can create multiple winning combinations from a single spin.
And if you find those stacked wilds on a win you’ll get the same again on the next spin, increasing your chance of extra wins even more.
One of the base game bonus features that you will randomly come across is that of the Wild Pass feature. This will randomly turn one or two of reels 2, 3 or 4 completely wild and guarantee you a win.
If these wilds combine with those other stacked wilds you can, potentially, create some high paying four and five of a kind wins.
A bonus feature that doesn’t show up that often, but a nice little bonus when it does.
This is the bonus feature that you will be on the look out for. Find three rugby ball scatters and you win 15 free spins, four gives you 20, and five the maximum of 25 free spins.
Usually, you can expect to find three scatters and get those 15 free spins, which can not be re-triggered. However, they do come with a few added features.
Like increasing multipliers on those avalanche wins.
Every time you get a successive win via the rolling reels, you will see the multiplier bar at the top of the slot increase from 2x up to trophy winning 10x.
You also get those stacked wilds making an appearance. Personally, we’ve seen wins of over 200x our total bet, with an average of about 50x – 80x your bet.
So you can imagine what you could win with the max 25 free spins. Much more is possible here.
A fun action-packed feature that has the potential to reward you for your efforts, especially as you have to spin between 150 – 200 spins in the base game to find them.
This has to be the best of the three Microgaming sports ‘Star’ slots. You get the feeling that you can get some very decent wins in the base game as well as the free spins.
The 96% – 97% return to player rate helps this medium variance slot, giving you plenty of action throughout.
It’s not perfect, by any means. The sounds could have been better and the animations lack that finishing touch.
Then there’s the betting range. With a minimum bet of 0.50 per spin that wipes out some smaller gamblers who enjoy the sport on a budget.
Even the maximum bet is only at 50 per spin compare to the likes of some WMS and IGT slots that give you the chance to bet over 200 per spin.
But for a game that is created for a special occasion, around a sport that is loved by millions around the world, this Rugby Star slot is great fun.
One to help build up the world cup excitement to the half time intervals and lunch break.