Launched for the Rugby World Cup 2015, this Rugby Star mobile slot keeps the ball in hand and the action constant.
Rugby fans rejoice! Finally a decent game about your favourite sport, and not just by anyone, by the masterful Microgaming developers, who are giants in their field.
And whilst this, at first, looks like an exact copy of the Football Star slot, which was followed by the Cricket Star slot, we’d say that in Rugby this game finds it’s stride.
Mostly because Microgaming listened to us and gives you bigger, harder hitting wins.
We are not going to waste too much time describing the look and feel of this Rugby Star slot machine. Mostly because we don’t have to.
One look and you can see the graphics are cartoony, but realistic, and regardless of your country of allegiance, the little animations will send you straight into the game.
The sounds, on the other hand, are less than worthwhile. The base game is, frankly, uninspiring silent and it only comes alive with the cheer of the crowd during the lively free spins round.
Free spins that come with up to 10x multiplier by the way. But that’s not the best bit. The best bit is the stacked wilds.
These 243 ways to win reels will explode on every win, and each time, you get new symbols drop down from above – a little like in Pixies of the Forest.
Now the downside is that you need to get at least two or four of these exploding wins in order to get over your bet back in this Rugby Star slot game.
The bright side is that you get two types of wilds:
The second is particularly helpful as when they explode, they are usually replaced with more stacked wilds.
What the Rugby Star video slot has over its football and cricket predecessor is that it’s a far better balanced machine.
For one, the wins come a little more often and are bigger, and whilst you do have to wait a while for the free spins, once they come, they tend to give you over 50 times your bet back more often than not.
We’ve had over 100 times more than once to know the big hits are there – all because of that multiplier that increases on every win during the free spins.
A great game for any Rugby fan looking to re-create that World Cup feeling in the palm of their hand.
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|Mobile Slot released||4% - 3|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 243 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||3.48% / 96.52%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.10|
|Min/Max bet||0.50 / 50|
|Free spins||Up to 25 Free Spins / Up to 10x Multiplier|
|Bonus rounds||Scatter Symbols, Stacked Wilds, Wild Pass Feature, Free Spins|
Rolling Reels: The name Microgaming give tumbling reels, or avalanching reels, much like you find in classic slots like Gonzo's Quest.
Stacked Wilds: The game boasts 'more than 40 wild symbols' stacked on reels 3, 4 and 5. What that means is stacked wilds every 5 to 10 spins. These replace all other symbols, except the free spin scatter.
Wild Pass Feature: At any point you get an animation of a rugby ball thrown at your screen which will turn up to two reels wilds! These will be either reel 2, 3 or/and 4.
Scatters and Free Spins: 3, 4 or 5 rugby ball scatters will trigger 15, 20, or 25 free spins.
Mostly it's 15. But with those avalanches, it usually feels more like 13 to 18.
Plus, you get the big wins here as on each avalanche you get an increasing multiplier starting with 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, and a final whopping 10x.
That said, you rarely get to the 10x on a normal free spins round, usually getting to 3x or 4x if you are lucky.
Still, that didn't stop us from getting over 200 times our bet, so if we had reach higher limits, that would have been quite the Try.
This is an improvement on the two other sports slots that came before it - but then Rugby fans will agree that this sport, as a whole, has bigger hits and more action than either football or cricket.
The Rugby Star mobile slot was good fun to play, with plenty of features to amuse, and the free spins give you hope to catch up on your wallet.
Perhaps it could have been a little more lively during the base game, but with a decent RTP and betting range, this match is worth the price of admission.
If you want a similar game, we'd also recommend the Break Away slot by the same provider.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 28, 2020 - Rating