There is something beguiling about basketball to many. The way the top players in the NBA can manipulate the ball, the athleticism of their jumps to slam dunk the ball, or the gentle touch needed to land a fadeaway shot, there is so much to admire.
The likes of James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Joel Embiid, Steph Curry, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic are just some of the big names in the NBA at the moment and they continue to delight fans across the world over the course of the season.
Of course, basketball is a massively popular sport across the United States, especially with the NBA heading towards the final few weeks of the regular season and the playoff battle beginning to start in earnest, which is why this week we have brought you details of a rather interesting slot you may like to play at DraftKings Casino.
That slot is Basketball Star and it is an other slot from Microgaming. Released back in 2015, it is one of a series of sports themed games from the company that encompasses a large number of sports (including Baseball, Ice Hockey and American Football as well as other sports) and it boasts the 243-ways to win game mechanic, as well as a chance to win a sizeable jackpot prize of 2,400x your total bet.
So does the Basketball Star slot go for the explosive three-pointer to snatch the game at the death and land the win, or does this game hit the rim and bounce out to leave players frustrated? We decided tot ake a closer look at the game to find out.
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- Name – Basketball Star Slot
- Released – 2015
- Theme – Sports
- Studio – Microgaming
- Reels – 5
- Reel Set Up – 3-3-3-3-3
- Pay Lines/Ways To Win – 243 Ways to Win
- Minimum Bet – $0.50
- Maximum Bet – $50.00
- Jackpot – 2,400x
- Key Features – Stacked Wilds, Wild Shot bonus, Free Spins, Cascading Reels, Multiplier Trail (in Free Spins Only)
- Volatility – Medium
- RTP – 96.00%
- Find The Game at – DraftKings Casino
Graphics & Sound – 7/10
Basketball Star slot was released back in 2015 (although there is a newer version of the game that has been updated for 2021) and it is fair to say that the graphics are a little dated compared to some of the new, more modern slots you can find today. However, that said, they are serviceable and they do capture the essence of a basketball game nicely,
The sounds are also one of the better features of the game with a number of sound effects and crowd noise enhancing the experience when playing the game. Overall, this isn’t a slot that is going to wow you with how it looks and sounds, but it is in how the game plays where its appeal lies.
Gameplay – 8/10
The main gameplay feature in the game is the Cascading Reels feature which is triggered on every win in the game. This will see the symbols that trigger a win pay out and then disappear, with symbols dropping down from above into empty positions on the reel. This can trigger additional wins from the same spin and also the more of these wins you land, the greater the value of the total win from that spin. There’s an added bonus here too when you trigger free spins.
This does make the gameplay slick and fast and the addition of those stacked Wilds on the reels can see you land some nice mix of wins, ranging from the very small to the sizable.
The base game itself is nice enough with general crowd and basketball noises, as well as some nice musical touches to enhance the experience. It is a medium variance game though, so don’t expect wins every few spins. It can take a little while to see the best of what the Basketball Slot has to offer.
Bonus Features – 9/10
There are a number of key bonus features on the Basketball Star slot (and on many of the other slots in the Sporting Star series from Microgaming). We have already mentioned the Cascading Reels and Multiplier Trails that are prevalent in the game, as well as the Stacked Wilds on the third and fourth reels in particular which can be a great way to land these types of wins.
Another big bonus is the Wild Shot bonus, which is triggered at random in the base game and which when triggered will expand two reels completely with Wilds, which can land you a very sizeable win especially if you can land those expanded wild symbols on the first two reels.
The other big bonus feature of the slot is the Free Spins bonus round. This is triggered when you land three, four or five of the Scatter symbols anywhere across the reels. When you do you will trigger either 15, 20 or 25 Free Spins in the base game.
When you land Free Spins, not only do you have Cascading Reels in play but also a Multiplier Trail which offers wins from 1x to 10x your standard win amounts depending on how many of the Cascading Reel wins you trigger. This really does enhance Free Spins a great deal and make sthe game huge fun to play.
There are a number of options available to you in the Microgaming sporting stars series of slots and I think Basketball Star is one of the best. The sounds and graphics are perhaps a little dated now, but the game still stands up to scrutiny, but where it really does shine is in the gameplay.
The addition of those stacked Wilds on the reels, the Wild Shot bonus and the Free Spins round with that extra multiplier trail in action, makes this a hugely fun slot to play and one that does offer some sizeable wins if you are lucky enough to hit one.
Remember, there are a whole series of other sporting ‘star’ slot games including American Football, Ice Hockey and Soccer variants amongst others, check these out alongside this game for all your sporting slot needs!