We have covered several of the mobile sports slots on offer from Microgaming in recent times here on the site, but we have saved the one that is ultimately going to be the most popular of them all for last. The game in question is of course Football Star, which brings the beautiful game to the reels with some great base gameplay and an excellent bonus round too. This game came out before the 2014 World Cup, an event which saw just about every developer – even down to NetEnt and Yggdrasil – releasing new football slots, not to mention Microgaming itself. While this game can no longer claim to be the undisputed king of the genre through lack of competition, we know from reviewing the likes of Break Away and Basketball Star, which share similar gameplay, that is is still going to be at least a solid offering for mobile football fans.
What to Expect
The short answer regarding what to expect is the same as on every Sports Star slot, although this time the stars of the show are of course football players. None of these games are officially licensed, and so you cannot expect to see Messi and Ronaldo swanning around on the reels, but as far as generic footballers on the reels go, these ones look pretty good. They are worth a decent chunk of cash too, while also being pretty easy to put together thanks to the use of 243 ways to win. Forget all you know about win lines and instead focus on landing matching symbols in any position on adjacent reels. Then, you will know all that needs to be known about this particular betting layout!
Helping things along are stacked wilds on the third, fourth and fifth reels, and perhaps even more incisive are the rolling reels. Winning symbols do not stick around for long – although they are at least there for long enough to be paid out! When that has been completed, they disappear from the board, leaving enough room for more to fall into view from above. These new symbols are every bit as potent as the original ones and if they manage to lead to another win, then players will be able to keep the chain going. There is a random feature in effect on the game too which can, at any time, lead to the middle reel turning completely wild for the next spin.
Feature action is perhaps not as closely related to the theme as we would like, but is still decent enough. Players can pick up fifteen, twenty or 25 free spins for landing three, four or five scatters respectively and these then play out with all of the 243 ways to win action, rolling reels and wild cards from the base game. In addition, putting together consecutive wins will also bring a multiplier into play and it is possible to see that multiplier reaching a ten times value if you chain together five or more wins.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Football slots are always popular over here in the UK, not that this is a massive surprise. Football Star was the undisputed king of the genre for a while until the influx of massive releases from other developers, but it still manages to hold its own as an entertaining mobile slot with plenty of winning potential. We would have liked to see some themed features but, other than this, it is still an immensely impressive mobile game with widespread appeal.