The latest in the "sporting star" series of slots, Basketball Star uses the popular games as the backdrop for this highly playable mobile slot which combines the elements of slot gaming with the pace and drama of the Basketball court quite superbly.
This Microgaming mobile slot follows hot on the heels of the mobile Football star and mobile Rugby Star slots and shares many of the same features and stylistics of these slots, although with a Basketball twist. It is a five reel slot that has no paylines but instead has 243 Ways to Win available There is a good range of bets available however as you can play from just 0.50 per spin, up to a maximum of 50.00 per spin if you prefer to wager larger amounts.
The slot offers a relatively user-friendly Return to Player percentage of just over 96.5%, which means that you shouldn't be playing this slot for too long before you hit at least a relatively modest win, although bigger wins do tend to come along a little less frequently compared to some more volatile slots.
The slot is festooned with basketball images. There's no need for playing card low symbols on this slot, instead you have a mix of different basketball themed images. There are those involving players in action on the court and different pieces of basketball equipment, including water bottles, basketball shoes, a tactics board and even a basketball gold medal.
What this means is that with the accompanying soundtrack, you are transported into the Basketball Star mobile slot far more so than some other slots that don't match the level of detail and attention that has been given to this mobile slot.
One of the nice touches in the game is that when you land a winning payline, the symbols containing players on court animate, a small issue perhaps but one which does enhance the feeling of the slot quite considerably.
The base game also boasts an additional feature which is the Wild Shot bonus game. This is triggered completely randomly throughout the game and when triggered it will turn one or two of the reels completely wild, as well as guaranteeing a win when the reels have stopped spinning. A nice feature that certainly helps the base game rattle along at pace.
Another great feature is the Rolling Reels feature, which we have seen before on a number of Microgaming slots. What happens here is that every time you trigger a winning payline, be that in the base game, or in the free spins round, the symbols that make up that winning payline will flash and disappear, allowing those above it to roll down into the empty positions and thus possibly create additional winning combinations from the same spin.
The in game wild is the Basketball Star logo and there are over 40 of these across the reels and on reels three, four and five, they are stacked, which can result in some big wins if you can land the right symbols with the Wilds at the right times.
The great thing is that all these features are available in the base game which helps things race along at a fantastic pace, especially if you use the Autoplay feature to get the reels spinning more quickly. However, when you hit the free spins round, you can also get many of these features working in your favour.
To land the free spins you need to land three or more of the basketball scatter symbols anywhere across the reels. Land three and you receive 15 free spins, land four and it is 20 free spins, all five and you get the maximum 25 free spins.
During free spins, each win increases the multiplier applied to that win from 1x to 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x and then 10x, meaning the more you win in free spins, the more you increase the value of the multiplier.
However that is not all, during free spins you still get Stacked Wilds and Rolling Reels in operation which can lead to the same multiple line wins as you get in the base game, only this time you'll get a nice multiplier on top of the regular payout.
Basketball slots is a fun, fast and enjoyable game that rewards players with consistent smaller value wins and the occasional larger value win, especially if you can trigger the free spins round. The number of features available in the base game however means that it is a slot that you will not quickly become bored of.
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