Amongst a plethora of football-themed slot titles, the five-reel Football Star from the Microgaming Quickfire selection stands out as an instant-play version that football fans can enjoy online. It features the usual Microgaming attention to excellent artwork, with bright, multi-hued game symbols on five reels set on a football pitch, surrounded by a stadium full of roaring fans.
Football Star also features the Microgaming Quickfire platform’s 243 Ways to Win, which eliminates the need for pay lines completely. Instead, matching icons form winning combinations whenever three or more occur in unbroken succession on at least three adjacent reels, starting at Reel 1, no matter which of the three windows on each reel they occupy. This produces 243 possible winning combinations, which are listed on the pay table along with their prizes.
Pay Table Lists Specific Payouts
Because Football Star has no pay lines, the only setting adjustment the player needs to make before playing is the total bet per spin. This can be set at any one of ten levels, from 5.00 to 50.00 per spin. Most pay tables list prizes as a credit amount, to be multiplied by the bet per line to work out the total win, but this is impossible with 243 Ways to Win.
Instead, the Football Star pay table lists prizes as specific amounts, which change according to the player’s bet level. Prizes listed here as examples apply to the lowest bet of 5.00 per spin. Instead of poker icons, Football Star uses familiar sights from the game as its low-value icons: a pair of football boots, a football shirt, a bird’s-eye TV shot of the stadium, and a referee. For five of a kind, these icons win 8.00, 10.00, 12.00 and 12.50, respectively. The lowest win possible, for three boots icons, is 0.20.
Game Logo is Wild
The Football Star logo serves as the Wild icon, and there are more than 40 of them scattered over the five reels, ready to stand in for any other symbols apart from the Scatters to produce more winning combos. The Wild can arrive stacked on Reels 3, 4 and 5, so it can cover all three windows on each reel and greatly enhance the number of winning combos.
If the Striking Wild feature is activated, as it can be at any time, triggered randomly, one of the reels from Reels 2, 3 and 4 will turn into a stacked Striking Wild on every spin. This feature also has a guaranteed win each time, so if a spin produces no winning combos, it re-spins for free until it does feature a win. Football Star also has a Rolling Reels feature. After every win, the symbols involved in winning combos explode in a ring of fire, and new symbols drop in to take their place. This can result in extra wins on the same spin.
Bonus Game has Increasing Multiplier
Football Star uses a speeding, swerving football as its Scatter symbol, capable of winning 5X, 50X or 250X the total bet for three, four or five appearances in any position. These Scatter combos will also trigger 15, 20 or 25 free spins. During free spins, the Rolling Reels feature remains, and the multiplier ladder at the top of the reels becomes active.
Each time the player scores a Rolling Reels re-spin, the level in the multiplier ladder increases by 1, adding a bigger multiplier to the free spins prizes. This multiplier can grow to as high as 10X the win.