There is definitely something of a sports theme to this week’s addition to the mobile slot reviews here at MobileCasino.net. We have only just got done with Basketball Star, also from Microgaming, and now it is time for another North American favourite that is perhaps not quite as popular over here in the UK in ice hockey. For whatever reason, the game does not form part of the Sports Star range from the developer, comprising the likes of Football Star and Cricket Star in addition to Basketball Star. Maybe they felt that Ice Hockey Star just felt a little too clumsy. Either way, if you are familiar with the range but prefer your action to take place on a rink then this game could well be right up your street!
What to Expect
We don’t know about anyone else but we have come to expect great if somewhat cartoonish graphics on games like this one, that still manage to perfectly fit in with the theme of the game. That is exactly what we have been treated to here, and players will find a number of different players on the board, including a somewhat intimidating goalkeeper. From there, all of the essential inclusions from the Sports Star series are in full effect, in spite of the Break Away branding. There are 243 ways to win, which ensures that this game is always going to be likely to be right up our street, and winning combinations will see the contributing symbols leaving the board and allowing room for more to fall into view thanks to the rolling reels feature. Helping both of these gameplay elements along is the Break Away logo, which is wild on every reel but particularly helpful on the third, fourth and fifth where it can land in stacks that are capable of covering the entire reel. The best part about that is that when you hit a win using one of those wilds, there is a good chance that one or more will stick around to help with the next one from the rolling reels.
The main event on Break Away is just what players would expect, with three, four or five hockey puck scatters on the board at the same time leading to the award of fifteen, twenty or 25 free games respectively. The rolling reels and stacked wilds continue to make a mark in this part of the game, and there is something extra to make use of for the best winning combinations too. Your first win on a free spin does not have a multiplier attached, but if the resulting rolling reels action leads to another win, the value of the prize will be doubled. Another win in the same way will see the value tripled and it is possible to see that multiplier amount rising all the way up to ten times the standard prize value if you can keep the chain going.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Like virtually all of the sports games from Microgaming, it definitely helps to be a fan of the sport in question if you are going to give the game a spin. There are no themed features as such, but the graphics simply will not mean a whole lot to anyone that does not enjoy ice hockey. If you do, then Break Away is probably the best slot out there to be based on the sport – kind of by default given that the only alternative is an old and frankly terrible slot game from Playtech! The gameplay and features are all spot on, so if you want to give the sport a go, Break Away is a great place to do it.