Football Star Deluxe Slot Review
A good few years ago now, Microgaming began to release a number of games in what I call their ‘stars’ series. These were all sporting-themed slots that followed a very similar structure, 243-ways to win, Rolling Reels and Multiplier Trails in operation, a Wild bonus round that could trigger at random in the base game and some very high cash prizes to be won if you could hit some of those bigger wins.
A number of games were produced for a number of different sports including Rugby, Cricket, Ice Hockey, Basketball and American Football, but it was the Association Football version that gained most plays in many parts of the world. That slot was called Football Star and now Stormcraft Studios have taken the original and given it a revamp to release a new slot based on it called Football Star Deluxe.
So what have they changed from the original and what have they retained? We decided to take a closer look at the slot itself to bring you a review and as always we begin with a look at where you can play the game.
Where can I play the Football Star Deluxe slot game?
If you would like to give Stormcraft Studios reworking of the classic Football Star slot a quick play to see whether the new games matches up to the original, then you will need a quality site to play the slot at. Bet365 Games is a great choice as it offers an outstanding range of slots from Microgaming, as well as a host of other top providers too, including all Microgaming’s key software development partners.
Alternatively, if you are based in the United States and want to try your hand at some similar slots at casinos in your state, then there are some other options available. In Pennsylvania for example, you can use the latest playsugarhouse bonus code to get a great deal when you sign up at this casino, and it will also give you access to sports betting and poker too.
Key Information for the Football Star Deluxe slot
- Developed By – Stormcraft Studios (for Microgaming)
- Mobile – Yes
- Number of Reels – 5×5
- Number of Pay Lines – Up to 88 Pay Lines
- Minimum Bet – 0.18 (0.88 with maximum pay lines)
- Maximum Bet – 44.00
- Free Spins Bonus? – Yes
- Other Bonuses? – Yes
- Standard Jackpot – 3,200x
- Progressive? – No
- Volatility? – Medium to High
One of the first things to note about this updated slot is that the number of symbols on the reels has expanded. We now have five symbols on each reel, giving us a 5×5 slot, but the number of pay lines has been decreased from 243 ways in the original to a selectable number in this game of 18 38, 68 or the maximum 88 pay lines. As with all slots, we would recommend playing with 88 pay lines (even at a minimum bet of 0.88 per spin) is the best option.
Theme and Presentation
The setting of the slot is once again a football stadium, but this time the crowd and surroundings, apart from the grass, have been blurred out a little to bring the focus onto the reels. The main controls are to the right of the reels, with the different betting line options easily selectable on the left. The sound of the slot is a generic crowd noise, with the occasional stadium announcement urging you to spin. Once you do, the musical and other effects kick in and the effect of this is excellent and really adds to the atmosphere of the game.
What is nice is that while it is a different look to the original Football Stars slot, you can clearly see the original has inspired the look and feel of this Deluxe version and that is not a bad thing at all.
Just as the look of the slot has undergone a bit of an overhaul, so has the symbols used in the game. All of them have been changed to similar but fresher looking symbols in the newer slot and all of the symbols are football related, which is good news.
The lower value symbols are the football boots, shirt, football stadium and referee. The higher value symbols are the different players in action on the field, of which there are five. Pays on the symbols are generally very small for three and four symbol wins, with the only way to land a chance of a profit being from five symbol wins, although with symbols stacked on the reels, you can land multiple wins across multiple lines on spins and it is through this that you can land the better value wins in the game.
There is also the Rolling Reels feature in operation during the base game which sees winning symbols paying out and then disappearing off the reels, allowing other symbols to drop down into place and trigger secondary wins.
In addition to these standard symbols there are Wilds and Scatters on the reels too.
The Football Star Deluxe symbol is the in game Wild and it can appear anywhere on the third, fourth and fifth reels in the base game. These symbols can be stacked high on the reels and as such, they can help land multiple wins across multiple pay lines when landed with decent combinations on the first two reels.
In the base game there is also the Striking Wild bonus which can occur at any time in the game on any spin. When it does, a striker will appear on the reel and will turn one of the middle three reels Wild to trigger a guaranteed win. The Reel will stay Wild for all spins of the reels that you have in the bonus round too, which offers the opportunity of a few more wins.
Free Spins Bonus
Land three or more of the Cup Scatter symbols and you will trigger the Free Spins bonus game which sees you granted 12 Free Spins initially, as well as a couple of other additional bonuses not available in the base game.
The first of these is Growing Wilds which will mean that all the Stacked Wilds on the reels, and in Free Spins this also includes a stack on the second reel, as well as the third, fourth and fifth reels, will see their number increased by one with each consecutive spin.
In addition, running alongside the Rolling Reels feature in Free Spins is a multiplier trail which can award you a multiplier of between 2x and 8x the standard win if you can land consecutive Rolling Reels wins during the Free Spins round. Unfortunately, as Scatter symbols only appear in the base game, you can’t retrigger Free Spins from within the bonus round.
Other Bonuses and Information
The Football Star Deluxe slot is a bit higher variance than the original game and with its fewer paylines, it can be a tricky one to land some of the better value prizes from. They tend to come if you trigger Free Spins (which, fortunately, is not that difficult to do). This is a good, and nice update on the original game which has retained enough of the original to appeal to fans of that game, while offering enough of a fresh challenge to keep them interested in what the new game has to offer.
Football Stars Deluxe is a nicely put together slot that keeps enough of the old game present, while offering slots fans a fresh challenge. The change of reel size and pay lines does make this play a little tighter than the original, but those big Rolling Reels wins in the Free Spins round are still available. This is a slot which if you love football, you should definitely give a few spins to try.
|Where can I play?||bet365 Games|
|Number of playlines?||Up to 88|
|Number of reels?||5x5|
|Is autoplay available?||Yes|
|Game manufacturer?||Stormcraft Studios|