Software giant, Microgaming, released Rugby Star just in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Set against the backdrop of a crowd-filled stadium, this slot machine is similar to some of Microgaming's earlier sports offerings like Cricket Star and Football Star. The game features players from top nations in the sport of rugby, including England, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and more. You'll also find scrum caps, boots, and a shiny trophy. These symbols are the lower paying ones. What you really want to watch out for are the rugby ball scatters, and the stacked wilds on reels 2, 3, and 4.
What really ramps up the excitement is the 243 ways-to-win reels. These are no ordinary bet lines as these ones give you wins for adjacent symbols paying from left to right, which not only gives you more opportunities to win, but you can also combine them with the stacked wilds that may appear across the three central reels. This can net you wins in the base game that are upwards of 50x your original bet. Rugby Star also comes with rolling reels or avalanche reels, which give you symbols that disappear on a win and have more falling down from above to fill the gaps. This creates multiple winning combinations from just a single spin. Furthermore, if you find stacked wilds on a win, you'll get the same again on the next spin, increasing your chance of extra wins even more!
The game's Wild Pass feature randomly turns one or two of reels 2, 3 or 4 completely wild and guarantees you a win. If these wilds combine with those other stacked Wilds you can potentially create some high paying four and five-of-a-kind wins. This bonus feature doesn't show up very often, but it sure is a nice little surprise when it does.
Rugby Star also lets you earn up to 25 free spins with increasing multipliers. Land on three rugby ball scatters and you get 15 free spins, four gets you 20, and five nets you the maximum, 25 free spins. Getting those 15 free spins, which can not be re-triggered, isn't too difficult. But, they do come with a few added features such as increasing multipliers on those avalanche wins. Each time you get a successive win by way of the rolling reels, you'll see the multiplier bar at the top of the slot increase from 2x up to a trophy-winning 10x. Stacked wilds also make an appearance so it's entirely possible to get the maximum 25 free spins.