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Listen up, footie fans. There’s a new game in town and it’s a real star. It’s big on wilds and features Rolling Reels. Let’s talk you through it, shall we?
Back home we play footy with an egg shaped ball- you might know it as Aussie No Rules, but I’m a well traveled wombat and I also appreciate the Beautiful Game- which was why I was so excited to get my hands on the Football Star slot (available on desktops and mobiles). This game is very similar to the Cricket Star slot – apart from the sport, of course.
When you fire this baby up (and I mean fire up as winning symbols explode- more on that later), you’ll feel like you’re in the top stands of the Nou Camp during el Classico. Visca el Barça!
This is a pretty flashy 243 Ways to Win slot from Microgaming which is stuffed full of footballing symbols as you would expect. 243 Ways to Win just means that you need to line up symbols on adjacent reels from left to right. There is no need to worry about pay-lines. Just set your total bet amount, and away you go! We also have the Shoot slot– which is an older game, but something of a classic. It features some big hair on players like Keven Keegan and Carlos Valderrama- the Columbian mid-fielder.
Football Star Game Play
Born to Be Wild
The Football Star Slot is big on wilds, so if you like this kind of action you’ll be happy as the proverbial Larry, and some. There are more than 40 wilds on the reels to boost your winning opportunities. The wild symbol is the Football Star logo and it will stand in for everything apart from the scatter symbol that triggers free spins – all pretty standard stuff so far.
What is pretty cool though, is that the Football Star symbol stacks on the middle 3 reels.
There’s also a neat additional feature called the Striking Wild. If this hits, reels 2,3 and 4 will randomly turn wild and you are guaranteed a win- and sometimes it’s a tidy one. Gol-Gol-Gol-Gol-Gol! as they say in Barcelona when Messi slots one in.
Rolling, Rolling, Rolling…
Keep them Doggies Moving, Rawhide!
Let’s talk Rolling Reels, shall we? That is another thing I love about this slot.
You might have seen something similar on the Gonzo’s Quest slot, or in the bonus round of Thunderstruck 2 (I think on the Thor bonus if my memory serves me rightly). With Rolling Reels, winning symbols explode into thin air if you line up a winning combo. And the reels above drop into their place. This means that you can rack up some nice consecutive wins if your luck is in- it’s like a free mini re-spin!
The only caveat is that you won’t see Rolling Reels during the Striking Wild Feature, but you may see it in the free spins round and what’s more they can award up to a 10x multiplier in the bonus round which is a serious boost in anyone’s book! Let’s talk free spins shall we?
Free Spins Round
The free spins round is triggered by 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols which is the football. You’ll get 15, 20 or 25 free spins depending on how many scatters you slot in. The scatters will also give you a nice little earner before you head into the bonus round. On the ‘ead Son!
Well, it’s a game of 2 halves isn’t it? Let’s face it, I think this game delivers. The designers have given 110% and hit the back of the net (that’s enough of that.)
As Brian Clough might have said: “I wouldn’t say it was the best game in the business. But it’s in the top one.”
Wombat Score: 4.5/5
We’ve shaved off half a point as you can’t re-trigger the free spins in the Football Star bonus round. The Rolling Reel madness that goes on once you get in there makes up for it though. One helluva game!