The Cricket Star slot, a 243 ways to win game is probably the only cricket slot game around that we’ve seen. But is the fact that it’s rare enough to make it interesting?
We are going to be 100% honest on two things.
The animations, the look, the feel of this Microgaming game is exactly the same as that of its copy. There’s lots of animations and little design touches that gives this 5 reel video slot a authentic and exciting look and feel.
Every symbol is unique and representative of the sport. You even get wild wickets showing up on reels 2, 3 and 4 and turning one random reel completely wild adding extra depth to the gameplay.
It’s nice little touches that brings the sport to the screen.
Ok, if the theme had excited us a little more, maybe we wouldn’t be as harsh.
Here though, they are, at best, pretty, with very little wins to be found during the base game. Unlike in the two slot games we’ve just mentioned, which have some very big hits throughout.
The fact that there are stacked wild symbols on reels 3, 4 and 5 help bring some excitement from time to time but… much like cricket… there’s a lot of nothing for a loooooong time in between the excitement.
(See features section below for details on collapsing reels and the stacked wilds if you’re confused).
Here’s the one bonus feature that redeems this machine. Though you can get up to 25 free spins on 5 scatters, mostly you’ll get 15 free spins on 3 scatters.
Still, that gives plenty of chances for those collapsing reels to help you create some major wins, especially as there’s a multiplier trail giving you extra on every collapsing win.
Though you will still need those stacked wilds to help you create a chain of wins, and hitting that 10x multiplier is near impossible, when you do, the wins here can be sublime.
We are talking 2,100 times your bet. Which for a low variance slot is almost unheard of, especially in Microgaming slots online.
And that’s because it’s the slot equivalent of winning a jackpot. The Cricket Star video slot game might have some interesting numbers, but to reach them you’ll have to be willing to search high and low for them.
Still, if you’re patient enough to watch a game of cricket you’ll have the patience to try this casino game. And at least your budget should last you a while.
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|Mobile Slot released||February 2015|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 243 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||4% - 3% / 96%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.10|
|Min/Max bet||0.50 / 50|
|Free spins||25 Free Spins / Up to 10x Multiplier|
|Bonus rounds||Collapsing Reels, Stacked Wild, Multipliers, Free Spins|
Wilds & Stacked Wilds: The Cricket Star slot logo is the wild symbol and replaces all other symbols except scatter.
What's fun is that there's an extra 40 wilds on reels 3, 4 and 5.
These are where you'll get most of your wins during the game, and allow you to collapse those reels.
Collapsing Reels: Every time you get a win, the winning symbols disappear and all the symbols collapse with more tumbling down from above.
It usually means you get lots of little wins, allowing you to play for longer, all at no extra cost to you. In games like Gonzo, or in Rooks Revenge, these usually come with multipliers, even in the base game.
Not here. Here you get nothing, which means you win, mostly, nothing. But thats why you have the free spins and wilds.
Wild Wickets: At any point during the game, and completely at random, three wickets will show up on reels 2, 3 and 4. A cricket ball will shoot out of the screen, and knock one of those wicket.
That reel becomes wild for the next spin.
Free Spins & Multipliers: 3, 4 or 5 scatters will trigger a generous 15, 20 & 25 free spins.
The reason this is generous is because:
Getting past the 2x or 3x multiplier is damn hard, but with those stacked wilds, it's not always impossible.
The Cricket Star mobile slot didn't manage to catch and hold our attention for very long.
But then, we suppose, being as we're not big fans of the sport, we probably aren't exactly the target audience.
Because at the end of the day, this is a fairly middle of the range safe slot. It won't eat your budget very much, but then you won't win very much.
Still, from time to time, there's the hope that those stacked wilds and multiplier can get you a massive enough win to walk away feeling like a star.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 28, 2020 - Rating