Cricket Heroes is part of a series of sports slots from Endorphina. Um, cloning? All these slots work exactly the same. Only the characters have changed slightly per slot machine. For example, Football Star spins footballers on the reels, Breakaway ice hockey, Rugby Star rugby players, Basketball Star basketball players and Cricket Heroes of course cricket players.
Is that why they are bad slots? No. The technique that lies under this slot machine is quite good. Just like the payout percentage. And of course, Cricket Heroes in South Africa or New Zealand is more successful than Breakaway.
Just like in our country, football is more popular than cricket and rugby. Still, they are lazy little original releases from Endorphina. We can picture the design team leaning back in the office chair with a big cigar in their mouth.
You play Cricket Heroes with the Rolling Reels feature. This gives you extra chances of more winning combinations after a winning combination. The Wild Wicket feature provides a guaranteed profit. During the bonus game, the Multiplier Trail provides a maximum multiplier of 10 times and thus a maximum profit of 5,000 CAD per combination.
You play with no less than 50 credits per spin. That means 0.50 CAD per spin if you play with 0.01 CAD credits. Up to and including a maximum of 50 CAD per spin, you then play with 10 coins of 0.10 CAD. To keep it simple: 1 CAD per credit.
That is quite substantial for a slot machine with 243-ways-to-win, but you also play with the Rolling Reels mechanism. After a winning spin, the winning symbols disappear from the screen. Empty spaces are filled by new symbols after all symbols have fallen as far down as possible.
That gives you extra chances for even more winning combinations for free. Today a spin costs you a bit more credits than on most other Endorphina slots with 243-ways-to-win.
The Rolling Reels mechanism and the bonus game with multipliers also mean that single combinations in the base game do not yield that much. Five cricket players are the most lucrative of symbols.
They pay out up to 500 credits per combination for five times the South African cricketer. We also see the national teams of India, Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies on the reels. West Indies? Yes, that is a collection of Caribbean islands that are allowed to participate in major cricket matches as a joint team. Consider, for example, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.
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Between the low win symbols, we also see the national teams of New Zealand and Pakistan appear. Just like the referee and a group of cricket fans. Graphically it looks a bit like a computer game from about 10 years ago.
The Cricket Heroes symbol is the Wild symbol. Chances are you will encounter one or more because there are more than 40 on the reels. They are even stacked on the last three reels.
On the cricket field, there are three sticks in the ground on which are two small boards. This whole is called the wicket. The aim is for the pitcher to hit this wicket. The batsman is then out, a situation also called a wicket. The Wild Wickets feature appears at random times during the base game.
This feature ensures that at least one and a maximum of three of the middle reels turn into a Wild Reel. That is guaranteed to earn you a profit.
The cricket ball will take you to the bonus game. That is if you run at least three. Depending on the number of cricket balls you will receive 15, 20 or 25 bonus spins, plus 5, 50 or 250 times your stake per spin.
The Rolling Reels feature is upgraded with a Multiplier Trail during the bonus spins. This can be compared to the multipliers on, for example, the Gonzo's Quest slot machine from competitor NetEnt.
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Every time the winning symbols explode, the multiplier also increases. This multiplier applies to the 'resit'. The multiplier goes up to a maximum of 10x. A combination in the bonus spins is therefore good for a maximum of 5,000 credits. Comparable to the maximum profit on Book of Ra Deluxe, for example
Technically, Cricket Heroes is a great slot. You play with a decent payout percentage of 96.36%. The maximum profit of 1,800 times your stake is also fine in the online casino.
The features may also be there. The Rolling Reels feature has already proven itself on several online slots. After a winning spin, you can grab some extra profit. In the bonus game, there is a Multiplier Trail linked to it. With a maximum multiplier of 10x, that not only provides extra excitement, but also great cash amounts.
The Wild Wicket feature is a nice extra in the basic game. You can get a lot out of it.