Slot review breakdown
Break Away is an ice hockey slot game by Microgaming from their Sports Stars series. The game features impressive graphics, excellent bonus features and a 250,000 coin jackpot, but also medium to high variance.
|Game Type:||Video slot|
|Whats hot:||Whats not so hot:|
|250,000 coin jackpot||Medium to high variance|
|Impressive graphics and gameplay|
|Rewarding and fun bonus feature|
|2 base game features|
Break Away is a Microgaming title that belongs in the Sports Star group of slots together with the likes of Football Star and Cricket Star, even if it isn’t appropriately named. It’s still just an ice hockey skin of the same game as other Star titles. A very good one, too, possibly the best of the bunch.
The Sports Star games differ little, and it’s usually just a matter of which sport provided the best material for graphics (other than this one, cricket did), and which sport do you prefer. Ice hockey did offer some nice graphics for this title, as the Scatter is a Flaming Puck and it dominates the reels whenever it appears. When it comes to the animations, they’re just stunning. Break Away is the best Sports Star title in this department, and that can be said for the entire theme of this game. There are 9 symbols Break Away, all with animated artwork, plus Wild and Scatter.
There are 243 ways to win and the minimum bet bet spin is $0.50, while the maximum possible bet per spin is $50. Base game is interesting as it has the Rolling Reels feature, where the winning symbols will collapse to be replaced by new ones, and it can go indefinitely, as long as there’s a winning combination formed. Wild symbols collapse as well, but you’ll always get a new Wild in the old one’s place. You can also get Scatter symbols during this feature, so you can complete the three-of-a-kind in this manner.
There are more than 40 Wild symbols on reels, and they’re stacked on reels 3, 4 and 5.
Randomly, Smashing Wild feature will trigger, hockey players will appear on the screen and will make one entire reel wild. Of course, since this is a 243-payline slot game, you’ll get the best value from your wild reel the further to the left it is. The wild reel is there for one spin only, there are no Rolling Reels here.
The bonus game includes 15, 20 or 25 free spins, depending on the number of Scatters you had, and Rolling Reels are active here. After each win, the multiplier will increase, up to a possible multiplier of 10x if you hit five wins in a row with the help of Rolling Reels feature. Maximum possible win during base game is 120,000 coins, and this increases to 240,000 coins during the free spins game.
Break Away is a medium to high variance game, as it will be demanding a lot of patience and a large bankroll from you if you want to make it to positive. The wait for the free spins feature can be very long, and even when it happens it isn’t certain you’ll win more than you lost during all those base game spins. The game features return to player (RTP) percentage of 96.42% and it isn’t too much, since that includes those big wins which are possible in this slot game.