To celebrate the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Microgaming launched the Rugby Star Slot which runs on a similar engine to their Cricket Star Slot (launched for the Cricket World Cup of course). It´s a 243 Ways to Win slot (like the Playboy Slot Machine) and came out just in time for the start of the tournament in England and Wales. Microgaming seem to launch quite a few cartoon slots these days- the Bikini Party slot is another example. I guess it´s cheaper on the image rights front if you design your own animations.
The big news about this game are the wild symbols which is the RUGBY STAR logo. There are more than 40 wild symbols in this game and they stack vertically in threes across the middle reel (3,4 and 5). The wilds substitute all symbols apart from the scatter (rugby ball symbol with scatter written below- easy to spot!)
A 243 Ways to Win 5 reel slot (another example in this range is the Lost Vegas slot machine) in which you can bet up to £/$/€250 a spin. We´ve talked about the Stacked Wilds above- there is also a Wild Pass Feature in which you may see up to 2 completely wild reels (across reels 2,3 and 4). You´ll net a guaranteed win if this drops in.
You can win up to 600,000 on this game. If you get 3 or more scatters, you are into the free spins round where you´ll get 15, 20 or 25 free spins. The game features Rolling Reels which can award you consecutive wins and up to a 10x multiplier during the free spins.
There are no famous faces on the slot- that´s our only disappointment. You´ll just see cartoon players. If you land 5 England Players (white shirts) you´ll get 3000 x your bet. Players in Australia may not be pleased to see that 5 Wallabies nets you 750 x your bet. Ah well, I guess England are at home.
All the wins on this game pay left to right except the scatter which pays any. Only the highest win is paid out.
Well, it´s obviously a slot launch to piggy back on the World Cup, but we quite like these 243 Ways to Win slots (they follow in the footsteps of the mighty Thunderstruck 2). it´ll get you in the mood for the competition, and it´s got plenty of features. We like the Stacked Wilds. We give it a thumbs up, we just wish that they had some of the actual players on the symbols. I guess they are all trying to protect their image.
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