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♫ “I say, I don’t like cricket oh no – I love it. I don’t like cricket no no, I love it” ♫
Or so sang 10cc on Dreadlock Holiday. I couldn’t agree more! I’ve been bowling maiden overs (and maidens over) and mixing it up with a few googlies since I was a young whippersnapper wombat playing for the Wollongong Wanderers.
Don’t worry if you don’t know the difference between your Silly Mid Offs and your Deep Fine Legs, as the Cricket Star slot is a game that is suitable for all. This is very similar to the Football Star slot, but instead of running around after a round leather ball, you’ll be stylishly swinging a willow bat at the ball and hitting it for six into the stands.
Cricket Star is another 243 Ways to Win game from Microgaming like the Win Sum Dim Sum slot which means you won’t need to worry about keeping score with how many pay-lines you have activated. If you line up symbols anywhere on the reels from left to right, you’ll hit the bowler for 6 or at least sneak in a cheeky single. Select your coin size and number of coins and you’ll see your total bet- or just change your total bet amount directly. Easy! They do pay-line slots as well- try the Sweet Harvest slot if that’s more your cup of tea.
Another feature we love is the automatically adjusting pay-table. When you are in the pay-table, you’ll see the pay-outs adjust when you change your bet level. Great idea! Now I don’t have to phone Isaac Newton every time I try and work out the pay-outs.
Like its football cousin, the Cricket Star slot features Rolling Reels which means that winning symbols explode and disappear when you line up a winning combination. New ones drop in from above, meaning you can get multiple wins on a single spin (this works in the free spins bonus round as well). We’ve seen this on quite a few Microgaming games like the Playboy slot (in the bonus rounds).
This game is also big on wild symbols. There are more than 40 wild symbols on the reels to help you make up wins- these symbols will stand in for all other symbols apart from the scatter.
Have you ever been to a cricket game when nothing much happens (me too). But then, the wickets start falling like crazy as the bowlers go through a purple patch? Well, that’s what the Wild Wickets feature is like. Pure class! The middle reels (2,3 and 4) can randomly turn wild giving you a guaranteed win- and it can be a tidy one. The only thing you won’t see is the Rolling Reels feature here.
Let’s talk free spins shall we, the Cricket Star slot’s equivalent to a Leg Bye. If you get 3 or more scatter symbols (the cricket ball), you will trigger 15, 20 or 25 free spins (pretty generous, eh?). You’ll see Rolling Reels in the free spins and what’s more there is a Multiplier Meter above the bonus game that can notch up to a x10 multiplier on successive wins. Very nice!
The only bad news is that you cannot re-trigger the free spins on this game- but then they do give you a nice allocation to start off with.
There’s plenty of action on this slot- well the symbols are based on the Twenty20 game, which is the fast version of cricket. We wouldn’t want you waiting 5 days for a win like you’d have to in Test Match Cricket, would we?
As the great Johnners once said “Well I can tell you the bowler’s Holding, the batsman’s Willey”.