Cricket Star Pokie Game
As arguably the most popular sport in Australia, it is about time a pokie developer took the plunge and made a great game based on the theme. Having exhausted just about every other theme imaginable – even ice hockey – Microgaming was the company to pick up the mantle and delivered Cricket Star. While there’s nothing ‘official’ about the game, it will be easy for any cricket fan to make out some recognisable faces thanks to the great graphics and the features are something that need to be seen to be believed. Fortunately, you can see them on the game above or see what’s in store by reading the full review below.
Game Type: Video Pokie
Win Lines: 243 ways to win
Special Features: Rolling reels, wild wickets and free spins
Top Prize: 250 coins
The first thing you’re likely to notice about Cricket Star is that it offers 243 ways to win on every spin. This is effectively the very same winning system used on popular Aristocrat pokies such as Choy Sun Doa and Pompeii, although that developer refers to it as Reel Power. One crucial difference is that you don’t need to activate reels – they’re all in play automatically and all you need to do is adjust the bet amount at the bottom of the screen. That really is all there is to it before you either hit spin or auto play – either way, you’re well on the way to experiencing the great bonuses and features that Cricket Star has to offer.
You’d have to look long and hard in order to find a Microgaming poker machine that failed to offer a wild card and the one available here on Cricket Star is particularly potent. Represented by the game’s logo, it can appear on any reel but is best on reels two, three and four as it can come along in full reel sized stacks and that means value on any 243 ways game.
There’s every chance that you’ll encounter one of the game’s main features before even the wild card as Rolling Reels come into play every time you hit a winning combination. Any symbols that participate in that win will disappear and more will land from above, with every chance of forming further wins without even needing to spin. It’s also well worth keeping an eye out for Wild Wickets which can appear at random. Wickets will appear above the three central reels and a ball will be bowled. Whichever stumps are hit will turn their corresponding reel completely wild.
Aside from the main game board, you’ll need to land white cricket ball scatters to trigger the free spins bonus. Three balls are good for fifteen spins while four balls award twenty. Land a scatter on every reel and you’ll scoop the top end of 25 spins. Rolling Reels continue to be in effect during the bonus and this time consecutive wins will build a multiplier up to a peak of ten times the original prize value.
Game Culture’s Opinion
It will come as no surprise to learn that Cricket Star is likely to be most appreciated by cricket fans. However, the features are unique and rewarding enough to make this a valid choice of game for any fan of the pokies and we’d definitely suggest giving the game a few spins in order to get accustomed to how everything comes together. When they do, it makes for a great game that is far more mainstream than the name suggests!