Launched to coincide with the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Microgaming brings us Cricket Star online slot, another in their 243 ways to win range. The game that will have wide “appeal” in many parts of the world, particularly for those operating in the Indian Sub Continent but virtual none for those in the US, is timed to take advantage of the competition now under way in Australia.
Gameplay of Cricket Star Slot
The 5X3 reel format is in place and the betting levels range from .50- 150. In order to bring the full 243 ways to win into play you will have to engage 50 coins. The symbols in the game are made up of images of the game itself, in animation form, with the main playing nationalities represented in traditional colors. There is an absence in the game of any of the standard playing card symbols but there is a handy pay table to explain win scales accessed at the bottom of the screen.
Wilds and Scatters & Free Spins
Scatters are represented by the White Ball of the one day game. The Cricket Star logo represents your Wild and in the Base Game, Scatter symbols and Stacked Wilds appear on Reels 3, 4 and 5. There are more than 40 Wild symbols across the Reels to help boost your winnings.
3, 4 or 5 Scatters trigger 15, 20 or 25 Free Spins respectively along with a Multiplier Trail racking up to 10x your win – consecutive wins push the Multiplier higher and higher each time. Rolling Reels are in play during free spins – see below. However, of note Free Spins cannot be re-triggered during the feature.
Wild Wickets trigger at random, and when they do, a bowling animation will appear whereby a ball will be bowled straight for the wickets to turn Reel 2, 3 or 4 completely Wild for a guaranteed win.
Rolling Reels: When you land a win those symbols involved will disappear, allowing more to fall into their place. In this manner it’s possible for lucky players to make sequences of wins but don’t rely on this, it is not a banker. The Rolling Reels are active during the spins and most significantly each consecutive win you land using them will increase the multiplier for that spin up to a maximum of 10x. This is where you will see your returns really take shape.
Cricket Star may seem to only have a limited shelf life in respect to its World Cup association but it does represent an under supplied market. The game itself has enough about it and sufficient potential returns to demand an audience beyond those interested in the game but you can’t imagine that non cricket fans will move to it. For those that appreciate the sport though, there are enough features in Cricket Star to provide some decent game play, no matter how bad your countries team may be doing down under.
- Software: Microgaming
- Type: Video Slot
- Reels: 5
- Paylines: 243
- Coin Size: 0.5 – 150
- Jackpot: 10x
- Bonus Round: Yes
- Free Spins: Yes
- Progressive: No
- Wild Symbol: Yes (Cricket Star logo)
- Scatter Symbol: Yes (White Ball)
- 3D: No
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