As the IRB Rugby World Cup 2016 gets into full swing, those cunning geniuses down at Microgaming have unveiled their latest release to coincide with the big tournament: Rugby Star. Rugby Star follows an extremely similar model to Cricket Star, another video slot Microgaming previously released to celebrate the ICC Cricket World Cup.
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How to play Rugby Star pokies
Rugby Star is a five reel, 243 ways payline online slot available to play for free or real money at all of our Microgaming powered casinos. With a minimum bet of $0.50 and a max bet of $50, Rugby Star caters to all punters – low-stakes or high-rollers.
- Maximum coins per spin: 10
- Maximum coins per line: 1
- Minimum bet per spin: $0.50
- Maximum bet per spin: $50
- Scatter: Yes
- Wild: Yes
- Bonus: Yes
- Free spins: Yes
- Jackpot: 120,000
- RTP: 96.4%
Symbols in Rugby Star
Rugby Star strays a little from the usual pokie format in that it doesn’t feel the need to maintain the traditional symbols of Ace, King, Queen etc.
In ascending order of value the symbols are the boots, headgear, the stadium, the Cup, the Welsh player tackling, the Wallabies player running with the ball, the All Black player kicking, the Springbok player passing and the English player diving for a try.
One of the attractive features Rugby Star boasts is its Wild symbol. The Rugby Star logo acts as a Wild symbol and appears stacked. With more than 40 Wild symbols on reels three, four and five appearing stacked, it’s easy to conceive of some big wins.
Audio and graphics in Rugby Star
The background sound effects are limited to an almost static noise that wouldn’t sound out of place in a Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi film. The real sound effects come as a result of Rugby Star’s intriguing Rolling Reels feature, detailed below.
Rugby Star special features
The free games feature is triggered by any three, four or five scattered football symbols. 15 free games kicks off with some really heavy upbeat music.
During your free games the Rolling Reels feature comes into play. Consecutive Rolling Reels wins are multiplied by x2, x3, x4, x5 and x10. This progressive Rolling Reels multiplier affords the potential for some massive wins. The feature can be re-triggered during free games, which is great to see.
Rugby Star has a randomly triggered Wild Pass Feature. The Wild Pass Feature can be triggered during any paid game. Once triggered up to two reels can become wild on reels two, three and four.
The Wild Pass Feature comes with a guaranteed win and after the initial win, the Rolling Reels feature kicks into gear too. The Rolling Reels works during any paid and free game. Whenever you have a win at any time during Rugby Star the winning symbols explode, causing the remaining symbols above to fall into the now vacant positions and new symbols to rain down from the top of the screen.
The Rolling Reels feature continues on, adding to your initial win, until you are unable to get a win – then you play on as per usual.
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Final verdict on Rugby Star
Not only is Rugby Star a great companion to the IRB Rugby World Cup, but it’s also a great stand alone game. There are many bells and whistles to keep you interested in playing, such as the Rolling Reels feature to stacked wilds, randomly triggered Wild Pass-On and free games.
In the end it doesn’t matter if you barrack for the All Blacks, Wallabies, Springboks or even the Puma’s – this is one online slot that caters to all union fans and all pokie fans in general.
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