Microgaming have a solid selection of sports themed slots each of which uses the same basic game engine as the others. Alongside their offerings for more UK-centric themed games including Football Star, Rugby Star and Cricket Star slots, there is also one for a sport that you would more readily associate with North America and that is Basketball Star slot.
Of course, Basketball is a game characterised by fast-paced play, closely fought contests and spectacular moments and to be fair to Microgaming, they have worked hard to incorporate these basic tenets of the game within the structure of the slot and they have done so remarkably well at various times during the game.
Those of you who have played any of the other Microgaming sports star series of games, including those mentioned above, will be entirely familiar with the format of the slot. What you have here is a 5x3 reel game that doesn't have any paylines but which instead offers 243-ways to win on each spin. That's great news if you like more flexibility on your wins.
You can start wagering on the slot from as little as 0.50 per spin, but you can increase that considerably up to a maximum bet of 50.00 per spin, which means that this slot is definitely in the range of the lower to mid stakes players, but perhaps less appealing to those who prefer to spin for considerably larger stakes.
The good news is that Basketball Star is a slot which does reward players relatively frequently. With a Return to Player (RTP) of just over 96.5%, this is a slot that does offer you frequent wins which tend to be of lower value to medium value amounts. However, you can hit the game at times when it is paying out more generously and there are features which can help you land a bigger value win.
When it comes to symbols, Basketball Star moves away from the traditional playing card lows and instead all the symbols on the reels are related to basketball. The lower value symbols tend to be those concerned with basketball equipment and ephemera, while the higher value symbols are those that involve players, although this is a general rule of thumb.
The graphics are accompanied well by a soundtrack which captures the essence of a basketball game very nicely indeed. This helps pace the slot nicely and ensures that you keep spinning the reels to keep the flow of the game. The addition of animations when you land certain combinations of symbols across the reels also really helps add excitement to the game and enhances its presentation considerably.
The base game itself is user-friendly with an easy to use interface and the fact you win frequently means that you are inclined to keep the reels spinning and the setting of the Basketball court as the background is particularly apt. The biggest feature of the slot is immediately apparent as soon as you hit your first win and that is the Rolling Reels feature.
In this feature, whenever you trigger a win the symbols that comprise that win will flash and disappear after you have been awarded the cash. Then when they have disappeared, symbols from above drop into the empty spaces created. When this happens, you can of course create additional wins from the same spin and it is possible to land several winning Rolling Reels combinations from a single spin, radically increasing the value of your win.
That's because as you trigger additional Rolling Reels wins, you also trigger a multiplier which can increase up to 10x which means you can land steadily increasing value wins as you trigger additional Rolling Reels wins.
While the Rolling Reels feature is the main bonus feature of the base game (and free spins) it is not the sole feature. Also active in the game is the Wild Shot bonus which is a randomly triggered bonus feature and when it is activated you will see one or two of the reels on the slot turn completely Wild for that spin. Furthermore, when the feature is activated, you are guaranteed a win and while it doesn't activate too often, it can provide you with some valuable additional wins as you play.
Another key symbol in the base game is the Wild symbol which is the Basketball Star logo. This symbol is stacked on the third, fourth and fifth reels which can see you land some bigger value wins, especially when you team these Stacked Wilds with some of the higher value symbols on the first two reels. There are over 40 Wilds available on the reels in each spin which gives you a great chance of landing them.
The Free Spins bonus feature is triggered when you land three, four or five of the Basketball Scatter symbols across the reels. This triggers either 15, 20 or 25 free spins depending on the number of scatters you have landed. Rolling Reels is in operation during the free spins round and you can also access the multiplier for successive Rolling Reels wins too.
With a jackpot of 2,400 times your stake available to be won, this is a very enjoyable sports-themed game which will certainly draw plenty of attention from fans of the Microgaming Sports Star series of games, as well as sporting fans in general. You can play Basketball Star slot now on desktop and mobile!
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