Basketball Star slots aim to create the fast-paced action of the court in a 5-reel slot format. There is lively music, along with animations of the players on the symbols. Those symbols include a strategy ‘map’ for play, as well as the players. When you trigger the free spins bonus, you’ll see a ball looping over the court into the net.
This slot is more than just a regular game with basketball symbols – there are some features worth seeing. There are stacked wilds, and these can appear at random (the ‘Wild Shot’) as well as on the reels. The free spins take things a step further, combining rolling reels with growing multipliers.
An all-ways winning system is in play instead of win-lines. This means that symbols on consecutive reels from the left are always wins. There are 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols in play. This makes for 243 winning combinations of 3+ symbols.
You do not need to bet 243 coins to play. These are in increments of 50c. The prizes I have listed below are based on a small $1 per spin bet – though you can go much higher if your bankroll allows.
When you hit wins, they will explode, along with a ring of flames. New symbols fall in from the top to fill any gaps. MicroGaming call this ‘rolling reels’, though elsewhere in the world of slots it is called ‘Cascading Wins’. It is possible to accumulate several wins from the same spin sometimes.
Wild symbols are stacked on reels 2, 3 and 4. They will often cover entire reels, giving you several wins from the same spin. These do not have any wins of their own, since no wilds are in reel 1, they can’t form the sequences from the left.
These wins do look small. Keep in mind that the all-ways system often means you’ll hit several wins from the same spin – and that there are multipliers during the free spins feature.
Of the regular symbols, the guy in red, with a number 8 shirt is the best paying. Assuming $1 bets, you’ll get $12 for 5 of these. A player in yellow about to shoot is next at $6 for 5, with the white and red players ($5) and green / blue shirts ($3) and the light blue and black combo ($2.50c) coming next.
Smaller wins come from a mix of accessories. These include a gold medal, shoes, crate with 6 drinks and the strategy board, complete with red marks.
On any spin, the wild shot can be triggered at random. This sees special wilds appear in all 3 positions for reels 2 and / or 4. If you are lucky enough to get both together – or one along with the regular wilds – this can escalate into a bigger pay-out.
The stacked wilds work well with the cascading wins. If you get the right end of a stack of wilds, you can trigger multiple cascades as these fall onto the reels.
Scatters are represented by the ball. This pays a big prize compared to the regular symbols. With 5 anywhere in view netting your $250 for a $1 spin. You will also win 15, 20 or 25 free spins with 3, 4 or 5 of these in view.
During those spins the background of the reels turns to black, and you’ll hear some upbeat dance type music while you play. There is a meter above the reels, which shows multipliers for rolling reels wins.
The first win on any spin is at the regular pay table win amounts. If you get a second win after the cascade, this is 2x the pay table, then 3x and so on up to 10x. If you are lucky enough to hit 5 scatters at 10x, you could be looking at a huge pay-out.
You’ll hear crowd noises in the background, cheering enthusiastically. This keeps on running between spins. The background to the reels is a basketball match. In the foreground is the court, with hoops either side of the reels. At the sides, crowds sit in tiered stands.
On the reels, the symbols are detailed – and come alive (in small ways at least) when you make winning combinations. The explosions for the wins are very effective – if a little off-theme.
For the first couple of spins, I was concerned this was just a generic slot with basketball pictures. After a while, you’ll find this is an enjoyable slot – with plenty of action. The random wild reels in the base game certainly add an edge. Your wins get multiplied in the free spins game, which can lead to some big pay-outs.