At the start of the last World Cup Finals, Microgaming released its latest themed slot, the fantastic Football Star on both web-based and mobile formats.
So the question remains; is Football Star a slot you should kick into touch on your mobile, or is it one that will score with you time and time again due to its range of features and potential big wins? Let's take a closer look and find out.
The setting for the slot is certainly appropriate with the five reels being set inside a packed floodlit football stadium. Each of the five reels displays three symbols and this is one of the new breed of 243 ways to win slots. You can wager from as little as 0.50 coins per spin up to a maximum of 50.00 per spin, depending on how much you are happy to bet.
What is certainly likeable about this slot is that it has done away with the usual playing card low symbols and instead the reels are packed with football-themed symbols. There's players of different teams in an assortment of action poses, a rather stern looking referee, as well as football boots and an aerial view of a football stadium.
The graphics are cartoon-based, so don't really apply to any one team, which is a good thing as it doesn't mean that parochial football fans can accuse the game of bias or favour towards any one particular team!
It is fair to say that the base game wins are not that big, with up to 25.00 the top payout for high symbols in the base game, but this is offset by the fact that Football Star is a low to medium variance slot, which sees the user hitting winning paylines relatively frequently, although it is worth noting that many of these paylines may not return the player as much as they wagered initially on the spin, so sensible bankroll management will help you enjoy this slot more.
The biggest base game payout is five of the in game wilds across the reels which pays out 625 coins. The Wild Symbol is the Football Star slot logo and the great news for players is that the wilds are stacked many symbols right across the reels (18 symbols high on reel 3, 25 symbols high on reel 4 and 3 symbols high on reel 5).
This feature when combined with the Rolling Reels feature, which sees winning paylines disappear and be replaced with new symbols from above, does mean that you can earn several wins from just a single spin.
The Wild symbol can replace all but two other symbols in the game, these two symbols are the Scatter and Free Spins symbol, which in the Football Star Slot are not one and the same thing.
The Blue Scatter symbol is a football with the word Scatter underneath it and in addition to a payout for landing 3 or more of these across the reels, you will also earn 15, 20 or 25 free spins depending on how many scatters you land.
During your free spins round, Rolling Reels is still in operation and your winnings can be subject to up to a 10x multiplier during the free spins section.
The Free Spins logo appears during the game to kick off a random Striking Wild bonus game where the middle reel turns completely Wild and guarantees you a win. The win may not be huge but it is a guaranteed win nonetheless.
With a jackpot possible of 105,705 coins, this is a game where big sums of money can be won, but it is fair to say that while wins are frequent, the majority of them don't often cover your initial bet, so you need to be especially wary of this.
All in all Football Star is a very solid slot and has plenty of good features, it offers the chance of a big money win but is perhaps more appealing to lower stakes players who like to see their account topped up regularly with smaller wins, rather than playing for a long time in the hope of landing the big prize.
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