This week, Microgaming has launched its new online slots game, Basketball Star. It is part of the developer’s Sports Star series, along with Football Star and Rugby Star. Here, we’ll take a look at the game, and give you a sneak peek.

Theme

Basketball Star is an online slot based on – you guessed it – basketball. All of the symbols reflect this theme, with players, jerseys, hoops and basketballs. The art style is bright and cartoony, which makes for an overall fun theme.

Gameplay

The format of Basketball Star is a 243 Ways to Win slot. This means that there are no paylines. Players just wager on the screen to trigger all 243 potential winning combinations.

There is a wide range of betting options available, so players all types of players can wager comfortably on this game.

Bonuses

The Wild Shot is a randomly triggered bonus feature that offers players additional wilds. Up to two reel can turn completely wild to provide players with additional winning potential and the ability to hit wins more frequently. When three or more scatter symbols appear on the reels, players will trigger the free spins round.

During this round, Rolling Reel are triggered – which cause winning symbols to disappear and new symbol to fall into their places to help trigger additional wins in a single spin. There is also an increasing multiplier which can result in a prize worth up to 10x!

Points for Originality?

We like that Microgaming is creating a series of games with a cohesive theme. Although each of the games focuses on a different sport, the general design and gameplay is the same. This creates a cohesive brand, but it does leave something to be desired.

All of the bonuses features are the game, and it would be great if Microgaming equipped each title in the series with a different bonus. The Wild Shot bonus feature is generous and interesting – but, it would give players more reason to try each game if every title offered something different.

What’s Next?

We anticipate that Microgaming will go through all of the most popular sports. So, we expect to see ‘Hockey Star’, ‘Tennis Star’ and even ‘Cricket Star’. There are plenty of fun sports to choose from and, Microgaming will likely have appealed to all types of sports fans by the time the series is complete.