Back in 2012, Microgaming released an exciting, ice-hockey themed video slot called Break Away. But this is 2019, and at River Belle online casino we are all about steam(boat)ing ahead. Given the fact that the new and improved Break Away Deluxe is about to drop, Microgaming seems to feel the same way.
A Microgaming/Stormcraft Collab
One of the key differences between the original Break Away and the Deluxe version is that with the 2012 edition Microgaming was sailing solo, whereas in 2019 they are working with Stormcraft Studios. This is part of Microgaming’s highly successful mentorship project, which sees the industry behemoth partnering up with independent developers.
The smaller brands get to learn at the feet of a master and benefit from much-needed resources and wider distribution. For their part, Microgaming stays on the cutting edge of online casino entertainment by introducing innovative new pokies games created by young-blood talents. Stormcraft Studios has already participated in the releases of Agent Jane Blonde Returns and Dragon Shard. What better way to reinvigorate the ice hockey slot than with this creative team?
Break Away Deluxe’s Revamp
So, just to be clear, the pressure is on to roll out a phenomenal video slot come Break Away Deluxe’s official launch on 23 July 2019. Microgaming releases new titles every month, so making one that really stands out from the rest is tough.
Stormcraft is the proverbial young whippersnapper in this situation, and has no doubt pulled out all the stops to create a memorable slot. Happily, at least from what has been seen so far, their efforts have been successful. Think crisper graphics, better special features, a new pay structure, different betting limits, payouts and return rates and, importantly, improved mobile gameplay.
One of Stormcraft’s main goals with this re-release was to make Break Away easier and more comfortable for smartphone and tablet users. The Deluxe edition is fully optimised for the processing capabilities and screen sizes of smartphones and tablets, and you can decide whether to play in portrait or landscape mode. As the world becomes more focused on mobile technology, it’s great to know that your favourite casino games are too.
Basics of Breakaway Deluxe
The 2012 original had a betting range of 0.01 to 50 coins per spin, and a theoretical Return to Player percentage of 96.29%. With the 2019 version you can bet between 0.18 and 44 coins on each round and the return to player rate is higher, sitting at 96.88%. The high-volatility game is sure to get your adrenaline pumping, especially when you hear the epic background music and sound effects.
The icons on the 5 reels and 3 rows also evoke and enhance the ice hockey theme; there are skates, helmets, ice re-surfacers, rinks, referees and players set against the simple blue background. Instead of the 243 Ways to Win pay structure that was used in 2012, Stormcraft has opted to use conventional paylines. You can choose to activate 18, 38, 68 or 88 at a time. You will definitely enjoy yourself whatever you decide, but the full 88 comes especially highly recommended for adrenaline junkies!
Special Features Add More Thrills
The extra features on Break Away Deluxe level your fun and winnings up in a very serious way. The game logo is the Wild Symbol and while it can stand in for any regular icon to complete more paying combinations, as usual, it can also do much more.
Appearing on Reels 3 to 5 in the base game and Reels 2 to 5 in the Bonus Round, the Wild becomes stacked in the Growing Wilds™ feature where the stack grows by an extra symbol with every spin. The Scatter comes in the form of a puck and will award 12 Free Spins when at least 3 land at the same time. During the Bonus Round, the Multiplier Trail comes into play and increases the payout multiplier with each consecutive win. You could get up to an incredible 8x your total winnings!
Microgaming’s ever-popular Rolling Reels™ are seen, where the icons involved in a win are cleared away to make room for new ones. This increases the possibility of more wins very significantly. Finally, the randomly triggered Smashing Wild™ feature incorporates the sport theme perfectly. When it is activated, players appear and skate across the screen turning Reel 2, 3 or 4 completely Wild.
Break Away at River Belle
Sail away on a boatload of winnings with an engaging ice hockey theme and serious action at River Belle Casino, when you play Break Away Deluxe. Whether on your desktop or mobile device, you can choose to bet real money or enjoy it for no deposit. Use the demo play mode to practice and make sure that you want to spend money on the game, we can pretty much guarantee that you will!