Review: Rugby Star by Microgaming

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Just a week and a half before the Rugby World Cup, Microgaming, one of the most respected game developers out there have released their new slot, Rugby Star. As if we were not already hyped enough for the Rugby World Cup, we now have Rugby Star to be hyped about too. In a week or so we would be absolutely torn between watching our favorite sport on TV or playing it on our mobile devices. Decisions, decisions.

Slot Game Overview:

Software Provider:
Microgaming Quickfire
Slot type:
Video Slot
Min/ Max Bets:
£0.5 / £50
Max Win:
120,000
Slot Reels/ Paylines:
5 reels / 243 Paylines
Pros:
 Innovative Wild Pass feature, smooth gameplay
Cons:
 Small wins, although frequent

Gameplay

There are 5x3 reels and a whooping 243 paylines. Players can bet as little as 2 pence and as much as £40 per spin. This is Microgaming reusing its classic game mechanics formula – bombard players with frequent small wins. In my opinion, the game never produces winnings that are big enough to boast about.

You don’t win much, but you will never lose much either. If nothing else, these low-risk slot games are very fun. The continuous stream of little wins makes for a very euphoric gaming session.

Sports players are big-earners, and Rugby Star slot takes a cue from this fact. You can earn up to £120,000 in this slot game, no athletic skills required! Scoring five jackpot symbols rewards you with 2,400 times your bet, which is more generous that most slots in the market.

This game is generous with free spins too. If you score three, four or five Scatter symbols on the reels, you’ll be awarded with up to 16 free spins.

Features

The Rugby Star slot is as fast-paced as the actual sport. The slot game is packed with stacked wilds, scatters and a wild pass feature. The wild pass feature is Microgaming’s trademarked Rolling Reels slot technology and you cannot find this anywhere else, so sit tight. During the Wild Pass, two whole reels become completely wild. Two hunky players pass the balls to each other, fancy animation ensues and your chances at scoring winning paylines becomes much, much higher. This feature is triggered at random.

There are Stacked Wilds too, in which few Wild symbols are grouped together for enhanced payouts. In fact, there are so many Wild symbols that you’ll never have a quiet round.

There is also a Multiplier Trail during the Free Spins mode. If you accumulate a winning streak, that is two or more winning spins consecutively, the Multiplier Trail is activated. This multiplies your winnings further, up to 10 times! This feature adds a tonne of excitement to your gameplay. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, waiting for winning streaks to occur.

Performance

The visual effects made me as excited as watching the live game! There are players flying across the fields, locking shoulders with each other and diving into the field. Individual symbols are animated too – when the athlete kicks the ball, the rugby ball spins and soars through the air. There is the audience cheering in the background and a fully-packed stadium. All the elements of a sports match captured and portrayed in a slot game.

Unique Features?

Microgaming is quite an avid sports fan – or their players are. They have produced quite a few sports-themed slots; each of the previous sports slots were also tactfully released before global sporting events. There was the Football Star mobile slot in May 2014 before the FIFA World Cup, and Cricket Star before the 2015 English cricket season.

Rugby Star is timed to capitalize on the Rugby World Cup season. The gaming industry, or indeed any consumer goods industry, is always capitalizing on sports seasons to revive old products. Remember Pringles potato chips with a football and their Pringoooals pun?

In this case, Microgaming has tweaked an old slot and republished it again. The graphics are quite similar, save for the different-shaped ball. The features are exact replicas too. However, you will be pleased to learn that the mathematical algorithm behind the game has been refreshed. Rugby Star offers more frequent wins compared to Football Star, and higher payouts too.

Conclusion

Rugby Slots is another safe-bet from Microgaming. It’s nothing new to cheer about, but not a game we should ignore either. I approve of its crowd-pleasing features and wallet-friendly slot algorithm. Come next week, Rugby Slot would make for good half-time entertainment during the World Cup. Bookmark the game today.

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