Break Away Deluxe is a new version of the popular Break Away slot

Back in 2016, Microgaming released the Break Away slot, this was one of their sporting series of slots that offered 243-ways to win across 5x3 reels, super-stacked Wilds and the chance to win across multiple paylines to increase the size of what were lower value line wins.

The game proved to be a big hit with slot fans due to its high jackpot prizes and it spawned a number of other similar slots including Football, Cricket, Rugby and Basketball Star to name but four.

However, as part of their deal with Stormcraft Studios, Microgaming have entrusted new developers to give a fresh take on some of their older, classic slots. We have already seen the release of new Agent Jane Blonde Returns and Lara Croft Temples and Tombs slot, and there is also a new Jungle Jim and the Lost Sphinx slot on the horizon too, so this release of a new deluxe version of the Break Away slot, named Break Away Deluxe, has been kept under wraps.

This new slot is larger than the original with a 5x5 reel set and you can play either 18, 38, 68 or 88 lines across the reels. Spins start at just 0.18 per spin but you can increase that bet markedly if you want to bet higher amounts. There's another big jackpot up for grabs in this slot with 140,000 coins ready to be won, so how does the new version of the slot look, and does it deserve that Deluxe moniker?

We decided to take a closer look to find out.

Overview

  • Game: Break Away Deluxe
  • Developer: Stormcraft Studios (for Microgaming)
  • Reels: 5x5
  • Pay Lines: 18- 88 (selectable)
  • Minimum Bet: 0.18 (0.88 with all lines in play)
  • Maximum Bet: 44.00
  • Jackpot: 140,000
  • Free Spins Bonus: Yes
  • Other Bonuses: Yes
  • Progressive: No
  • Volatility: Medium

Presentation

If you played the original Break Away slot then this game will look very similar. One disappointing thing to note is that they have done away with the Ice Hockey Arena setting for the game for a rather more plain blue backdrop and in truth, I think this does decrease the atmosphere of the slot rather.

There is also a nice touch with a gentle musical background and an announcer who will gently urge you to start spinning the reels if you have the game on and do not play a few spins within a set amount of time.

The presentation has clearly been designed to echo the original game and certainly if you were a fan of the original Break Away slot, then this one will look and play in pretty much the same way for you, albeit it is structurally quite a different game in terms of lines and symbols on each reel.

What is on the reels?

The symbols on the reels are all based on Ice Hockey and include players from different teams, officials, skates, a mask and sticks as well as a hockey arena. The equipment symbols are the lower value symbols in the main, with the symbols that involve players or officials are generally the higher paying symbols.

One thing you will note is that compared to your bet size, the actual win amounts for three and four symbol wins are very small. That is because this slot is not so much about winning across one line, but across multiple and it is through these multiple line wins that these smaller value wins will add up to create bigger value wins on a single spin.

There are two other symbols on the reels in addition to the standard symbols, the Scatter and the Wild and these are linked to the main features of the slot.

Wild features

The Wild is the Break Away Deluxe logo and this is super stacked on the third, fourth and fifth reels in the base game. Again, this is exactly the same as was in the original slot. These super stacks can produce some very valuable wins and are very useful when trying to land better value wins from triggering the Rolling Reels feature, especially when landed on the third reel.

Wilds can substitute for any symbol in the game apart from Scatters, but their usefulness increases when you get to trigger the Free Spins bonus.

There is also a base game bonus called the Smashing Wild bonus. This can occur on any spin in the base game and when triggered a hockey player will appear and will turn either reel 2, 3 or 4 completely Wild on that spin for a guaranteed win and when you trigger Rolling Reels on that win, the reel will stay Wild for you for any additional payouts landed through that bonus.

Free Spins features

The Ice Puck is the Scatter symbol and you need to land three or more of these across the reels to trigger the Free Spins bonus game, in which you will receive 12 Free Spins regardless of how many Scatters you landed to trigger the bonus.

During Free Spins there are a number of bonuses in play. First off is the multiplier trail which sees the value of each win increase on each spin, starting at a 2x multiplier for the first Free Spin and increasing up to 8x the total amount after the fifth spin.

In addition, in Free Spins the Wilds are Super Stacked on the second reel, as well as the three later reels and with every Free Spin, the number of Wilds in each super stack increases by one, thus giving you an increasing chance of landing Wilds on each of those reels as you progress through your Free Spins bonus.

Best feature of the Break Away Deluxe slot

There's lots of positive features in the Break Away Deluxe slot. The Free Spins bonus is a great value addition to the game and the fact that you have a Multiplier Trail and additional Wilds on the reels really does increase the potential win value here, which just about means that this is the best feature on the slot, although the Rolling Reels feature runs it very close as it can lead to some sizeable wins in the base game when you hit three or four successive Rolling Reels wins to add to your standard spin win.

Conclusion

Break Away Deluxe is a nice reworking of the original game that is similar enough to the original to immediately appeal to fans of that game and to evoke all the positive memories you had playing it, but also different enough to that game to make it a challenge and experience in its own right. Slingshot Studios have already produced some fine games for Microgaming in their partnership and Break Away Deluxe us yet another fine example of this.

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