In our coverage of the latest and greatest sporting mobile slots, our journey takes us to one that can certainly divide opinion. We have heard many times that any game that takes five days to finish is probably not worth watching, although we can admit to being happy to check out the occasional T20 game every now and then. It does also help that England are actually pretty good at cricket right now and there is no doubt that sports always become more popular when the local team is doing well! Cricket Star is, unsurprisingly, part of the wider Sports Star range from Microgaming, and the developer clearly has plenty of confidence in the range seeing as each and every one of them has been made available on mobile devices. We have been impressed so far with the range, and cannot really see this one letting the side down, so let’s see if it manages to make a century or is out for a duck!
What to Expect
One advantage that Cricket Star has over the likes of Football Star is that it is probably the only mobile slot out there with a cricket theme. That does at least make it the best of its kind, even if by default, and if you are particularly in to cricket, over and above the other sports represented within the same range, then you will be pleased to see the variety of batsmen, fielders and even umpires that await on these reels. The Cricket Star logo is wild and it can comfortably cover the whole reel on reels three, four and five. When used in conjunction with the rolling reels, a mainstay feature of this series, it can even see many more of them falling into view. Combine all of that with the fact that there are 243 ways to win here on this game and the wins can come out of nowhere and pile up right before your eyes in a way that you may not have expected!
The base game action is also enhanced by the fact that there is always a chance of the Wild Wickets feature coming into play. Wickets will appear on reels two, three and four, with a ball then being bowled at the screen. Whichever wicket is taken out will see the corresponding reel turning completely wild for the next spin, and that can see some very big wins coming around indeed, especially if a couple of other stacks decide to make their presence known too.
We have always been somewhat against the lack of themed bonuses on these sports slots from Microgaming, but the free spins rounds do at least go some way towards making up for their absence. The process remains the same as on the other games, with three, four or five scatters in view leading to the award of fifteen, twenty or 25 free games. The rolling reels continue to play their part in this part of the game and they even come with a multiplier on the second win and every subsequent one, which has the potential to reach an impressive ten times the regular prize amount.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
While the different sports on the games in this series are always nice to see, the underlying gameplay is always basically the same. That is no bad thing, as these games are some of the best that Microgaming has ever put together in terms of sheer playability. Even if Cricket Star is the best cricket mobile slot out there by default, it is still a very good game and will be perfect for any fan of the sport that also enjoys playing the latest and greatest slot games on their mobile device.