Cricket is the world's second most popular sport, as it is played by more than 120 million different people across the globe. Whether it is a local match or the ICC World Cup, cricket has proven its popularity time and time again. Microgaming certainly knows this, and they have launched the online slot Cricket Star to appeal to punters who enjoy this long and at times exciting bat and ball game.
Cricket Star is a 5 reel, 243 ways to win video slot that features symbols that includes bowlers, batsmen, a few fielders, an umpire, teams celebrating, and fans of the game. Most of the top ranked teams in the world are covered by the symbols, with the notable exception of Sri Lanka. While there is likely to be some debate about the merits of featuring what looks to be South Africa and India as the top ranked team symbols, both ahead of Australia, it is the Kiwis that have every right to complain, with New Zealand being the lowest ranked team symbol in the game, behind the likes of the West Indies and Pakistan.
Feature wise the game contains stacked wild symbols, cascading symbols, and a wild wickets feature that randomly sees reels 2, 3, or 4 turn wild throughout the game. This is in addition to standard wilds, which bring an extra chance to win some cash.
The game itself has an interesting presentation to it, as the game plays very smoothly and every single symbol in the game is very well animated. Every time you score a win the game pops to life with players swinging, bowling, catching, or showing fans celebrating. The music and sounds in the game are also very well done, with the game featuring cheering fans as the background noise alongside traditional slot chimes and rolling sounds.
My experiences with the game have been very positive thus far, as the slick gameplay and features have generated an excellent gaming experience that has yielded some decent sized wins, and thankfully the game can be quit at any time unlike a test match, which for the uninitiated can last for up to 5 days, only to end in a draw. If you are a punter who has a love for the game of cricket and slots that bring a unique set of features then Cricket Star by Microgaming is a game that you will want to check out.