Football Star Slot
Football Star is a 5-reel, 243-pay lines slot from Microgaming. We are writing this review just as all of Europe's footballing nations (except Scotland) are in preparations for the 2016 UEFA European Championships. Already a host of the big software companies have released footie-related slots in time for the tournament – NetEnt have released 'Football: Champions Cup' and Genesis Gaming have brought out 'Euro Golden Cup'. Well, Microgaming (kind of) beat them all to the final whistle, as they brought out 'Football Star' in 2014. This footie-themed slot has been such a success for them that they've used basically the same engine to create three other games: Cricket Star, Rugby Star and Basketball Star. All four 'Sports Star' games are practically identical in gameplay – just the graphics have been altered for each one.
The symbols in this slot are all footie-related. Players kicking and heading the ball, football strips, goalies, football boots and referees. They are some special symbols too – we'll explain all about those later on in this review. This is an 'all-ways-pay' slot as it has 243 pay lines. This means you just have to land at least three identical symbols in sequence in any position on each reel from the left-hand reel onwards. You can choose your coin size from 0.01 to 0.50, and the number of coins you want to risk on each spin from one to five. Your bet is multiplied by fifty to cover all 243 lines. When you're ready to shoot for the top corner, hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The clogger in this game when it comes to pay outs is the football boots symbol. Three of them on a pay line wins you twice your coin size. The champion is the free spins scatter symbol which wins 125x your line bet.
The 'Football Star' logo is the wild symbol in this game, and there are more than forty wild symbols on the reels. They substitute for all other symbols aside from the scatter symbol, and they are stacked on the central three reels.
The 'Striking Wild' feature occurs randomly – one of the central three reels will turn completely wild to trigger a guaranteed win.
If you land at least three scatter symbols, then you trigger free spins. You receive five free spins per scatter symbol, up to a maximum of twenty-five. It also triggers the 'rolling reels' feature – this feature rewards multiple consecutive wins with a rising multiplier up to a maximum of 10x. You cannot re-trigger free spins during your freebies though.
Is Football Star a slot worthy of winning a championship? Well, perhaps not, but there's a chance it will get to the 3rd/4th place final. It's certainly a very colourful slot with plenty of razzamatazz, but we can't seeing anyone lasting a full ninety minutes while playing it, let alone extra time and penalties. For slots fans who are also footie fans only, we think.