Football Star Deluxe Slot Review
Like a lot of other football themed slot machines which were programmed for release in 2020, Football Star Deluxe is going to try and fill a void, left by the postponement of Euro 2020. It’s Microgaming’s sequel for Football Star, another game of theirs which came out in 2014. They designed this one with a range of exciting features, but also with certain elements which appear to signal an attempt at reaching the Asian market.
Using a big game area, with 5x5 reels, Football Star Deluxe will allow the player to select 18, 38, 68 or 88 paylines for the upcoming spin. The RTP goes as high as 96.88% here, and the game can end up paying 3,200x the stake in a best case scenario. As far as features are concerned, we find on the list the free spins, multipliers, stacked wilds and Rolling Reels.
Football Star Deluxe Betting and Prizes
The number of lines that you want active will decide what kind of betting range you’re using. As such, you have bets of $0.01 per line, so the minimum varies between $0.18 and $0.88, for 18 to 88 active lines. The maximum reaches $0.50 per line, which means that the betting range’s limit is at $9 to $44, under the same conditions.
The prizes being paid in the game are going to be highest once you get into the free spins, as stacked wilds and increasing multipliers can work together there. 3,200x the stake is the ultimate target in this case.
RTP wise, the potential of the game to pay back players varies, with the number of active lines influencing this. The highest value, for 88 active lines, is 96.88%.
You form your winning combinations on regular active lines here. As wins are created, the Rolling Reels mechanic will trigger and will potentially bring new waves of symbols that can form combinations.
The random feature here is called Striking Wild. It’s going to turn one of the middle three columns into a wild reel. It becomes sticky, if there are Rolling Reels waves of symbols coming in.
The scatter symbol in Football Star Deluxe is going to be the Trophy. This symbol is present on all the reels, but you need it on 3 to 5, in order to get both a prize of up to 252x the wager, and 12 rounds of the free spins, where the wins are doubled.
The big thing about the free spins is the fact that you get an increasing multiplier, through the Rolling Reels mechanic. You start at 2x, but you can reach 8x by the time the 5th roll of a spin comes around.
On top of all that, the free games also get wild symbols in super stacked form, for the last four reels. These are Growing Wilds as well, meaning that the stacks get bigger by 1, after every round.
Theme & Design
It might be Euro 2020 inspired, but the graphics of Football Star Deluxe are fairly common. There is nothing too interesting going on here, but I’d say that the quality is above average. You see the football field in the background, the crowd in the stands, while the reels get a mix of themed symbols. Those include four different players, the referee, the pitch, shirts and boots. As major feature symbols, you get a Trophy Scatter and a Logo Wild.
Football Star Deluxe is looking like a good game to play, both for the Asian market and for the European one. It’s going to pay well enough, it has all the right features and a high RTP.