Rugby Star has been launched by Microgaming just in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. With 5 reels and 243 paylines, you can play from as little as 50p a spin to as much as £50 a spin. The game has an obvious rugby theme but possesses a lot of characteristics found in other popular Microgaming titles.
I’m not the biggest rugby fan by any means but even if you’re not a fan, you can overlook the theme as the features and win potential is very good. There are scatters, stacked wilds and a couple of bonus features which really helps.
As for stacked wilds, they appear on reels 3, 4 and 5 with various stacks. Up to 40 wild symbols will be positioned across the reels to hopefully give you a big win. The base game also benefits from the Rolling Reels feature found in other great games such as the cult favourite Immortal Romance.
Then you have the Wild Pass feature which is triggered randomly in the base game. When this happens, it will turn 1 or 2 reels into wild ones – these can show up on any of the 3 middle reels (2, 3 and/or 4). This can obviously lead to some decent wins of up to 1,620 times your stake if you get the right combinations!
The main attraction is the Free Spins feature which his triggered by getting 3 or more Rugby Ball scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. 3 will give you 15 free spins, 4 will give you 20 free spins and 5 will reward you with 25 free spins.
What makes this feature particularly and potentially rewarding is the Multiplier Trail that is added to the Rolling Reels experience. When you consecutive wins, the multiplier increases by 1 up to a maximum of 10x! This means you could have a 10x multiplier potentially on every single free spin. The only downside is that you cannot retrigger more free spins.
The theme is not really my cup of tea but the gameplay is good and the win potential is appealing. Rugby Star is a medium variance game with possible wins of up to 2,400 times your stake in the Free Spins feature. If you like Microgaming slots, I also recommend the superb Jurassic Park which is possibly my favourite game of theirs.