Time to head to the court for this sequel to Microgaming’s 2015 slot, Basketball Star. With the ever-popular HyperHold feature and fixed jackpots included in the game mechanics, the next instalment to this hoop shooting slot franchise is sure not to disappoint.
Let’s lace up our sneakers and see what else this slot has in store.
The spinning of these reels takes place centre-court in a bustling arena with the stands filled by fans spanning from courtside, up to the roof. On either side of the table, the hoops are positioned with the polished floor beneath completing the scene perfectly. The play grid is framed by a sports-show style screen you might see during a Basketball game, there are added flames coming from the grid in all directions and jackpot prizes to the top. The play buttons are across the bottom of the screen, the spin, auto-spin, stake options and settings menu are all positioned across a black backdrop features.
The symbols included in this slot are all designed to fit the setting, lower value symbols include sneakers, drinks, gold medals, a whistle and a chalkboard which players can land across paylines. If you are looking for a more lucrative return the Basketball player symbols are the ones to look out for, they show players in various poses and can be used to land higher payouts. There is a game Wild symbol which can payout up to 10x the stake for 5 across a payline, there is also a coin Wild symbol and the Basketball Scatter.
Firstly, the HyperHold feature is what a lot of gamers will be interested in, this is unlocked by landing 6 or more coin Wilds in a single spin. These Wilds are held sticky and 3 free spins are available for the player, if another Wild land it also remains sticky and the spins are reset. Each coin symbol comes with a value attached to Mini, Minor, Major or Mega symbols that can add a 15x, 20x, 50x, or 100x multiplier to any wins. If you manage to fill the entire reel with coin Wild’s you will land the Grand jackpot of 1,000x the stake.
Next, the Free Spins feature is received by landing 3, 4 or 5 Scatter symbols from a single spin, the returns are 3 – 10 free spins, 4 – 15 free spins and 5 – 25 free spins. During these spins, a stacked Wild is sticky on the 5th reel helping players to finish higher-paying combinations. Land a further 3 or 4 Scatter during this feature and earn an extra 10-15 spins.
If there was ever a competitor for the original game’s popularity this is it, the simple gameplay has been kept with the 5×3 play table and simple bonus features. The visuals are great and the audio features that come with them could trick players into thinking they are at an NBA game themselves.