Microgaming has launched the ice hockey-themed “Break Away Deluxe” online pokie developed exclusively for them by Stormcraft Studios.
The game provides fast, high-volatility action in a mobile-friendly 5x5 grid of Rolling Reels. The game has an adjustable number of paylines and you can choose to play with 18, 38, 68, or 88 paylines. The games get to a climax when you land three or more scatters which award you a bonus round of 12 free spins with a bet multiplier of up to 8x. The game was released earlier this week on Tuesday 23rd July.
An Overview of Break Away Deluxe
Break Away Deluxe features a 5x5 reel set with a pale blue of an ice rink as the background. The symbols include helmets, skates, and Zambonis alongside a handful of players and the referee. The player dressed in red is the most paying symbol.
The game uses the Rolling Reels mechanism that is common with other Microgaming slots. When a win forms, the contributing symbols leave the reels and new symbols take their place. This creates room for new winning combinations to form.
The games logo acts as the wild symbol that only appears on reels 3, 4 and 5 in the main fame and 2, 3, 4, and 5 during the free spins mode. The wild substitutes for all regular symbols bar the scatter and it appears as super stacked. Each stack increases by one symbol on every consecutive spin.
The game also features a Smashing Wild feature that is randomly activated, where the hockey players will appear and turn any of the reels, 2 to 4 completely wild, guaranteeing a winning combo. The wild reel will stay in place for the next spins.
The free spins feature is triggered by landing three or more of the flaming ice puck scatters. These will reward you with 12 free spins. At this point, the Multiplier Trail feature comes in boosting the size of the multiplier applied to any wins. The more wins you can get in a row, the higher the multiplier gets. It starts at 2x and increases to 8x. During this feature, you can also land the Growing Wilds from reels 2 to 5, and these will increase by one symbol on each free spin.
Comments On The New Title
James Buchanan, Microgaming’s Director of Global Operations commented on the new release and said that the game takes all the action of the original slot, topping it up with even more thrilling and rewarding features. He continued to add that Stormcraft studios have effectively created a high volatility pokie experience, with a good win potential of up to 3,220x the initial wager. The company is looking forward to seeing more players and fans alike immerse themselves in this captivating update of a true classic from Microgaming.
The Executive Producer at Stormcraft Studios, Terence Igesund said that the company is anticipating the bigger launch of Break Away Deluxe, the next cohort of a very successful pokie brand. Creating a sequel to a popular game is always a challenge, as expectations from fans of the original game must be considered. He said that at Stormcraft, they believe that effective sequels are not reinventions but rather well reflected additions. Therefore, the company is set to improve the player experience by increasing the options for the gamers as well as improved enjoyment by increasing the volatility. The multiplier trails and the rolling reels still remain but can now be relished in a new pattern that includes adding the Growing Wilds during the Free Spins Feature. The game is designed with mobile compatibility in mind ensuring that the new mechanics are highly pleasurable and offer a great win potential.