Released in March 2020, All Star Knockout Slot is a joint effort from Yggdrasil and relative newcomer Northern Lights Gaming. With five reels across four rows and 20 fixed Paylines, the main aim here is to launch bonus features by collecting stars.
There’s a no-nonsense blue background plus an upbeat soundtrack. Above all, this game aims to recreate the old-fashioned fruity and launch it into a fresh orbit while still offering plenty in the way of old-school vibes.
Right next to the black reels are some boxes of stars and symbols – this is a collection area known as the Award Board, and it’s relevant to the features described below.
How to play
Play All Star Knockout Slot from 20p a go, all the way up to £400 a spin, meaning all budgets are covered. Set your bets and you’re good to go! You’ll find the user interface maintains the retro feel of the game.
Form winning combos by landing three-of-a-kind icons on a single Payline. Classic fruit symbols are among the eight regular icons, including cherries, plums, oranges and lemons plus red, white and blue 7s.
The game’s logo is the most rewarding icon, at 5x wager for five in a row.
A dozen stars are also thrown into the mix as you start playing, to help with the bonus features described below.
You won’t find any Wilds in All Star Knockout Slot, making things simpler in some ways.
You can receive up to three spins thanks to this great perk, which crops up following a spin which hasn’t yielded a win. The freebies are called ‘win spins’ – they keep on spinning until you land a winning combo.
All Star Knockout Slot bonus
When a star rocks up, it will go next to a randomly chosen symbol in your Award Board. Once a particular icon has collected five stars, this bonus activates. Your prize is then five free whirls, which incorporate a random multiplier of between 2x and 5x affecting every win while you’re playing the feature.
During the round, stars continue to show up. And you can gather five stars next to a new symbol, adding a couple more free whirls to your tally. To make things more interesting, once a symbol has five stars, it’s taken away from the reels. (This is the knockout part of the title.) Clearly, that can work with you or against you, depending on the value of the icon removed.
A final thing worth explaining is that if you alter your bets halfway through a session, you’ll need to start your star collection all over again. (However, should you decide to return to your previous bet level, you can pick up where you left off and your progress will have been saved.)
There’s no progressive jackpot in All Star Knockout Slot, but you can play for a top prize of 4,500x stake if you play with a maximum bet.
Return to Player (RTP)
This offering’s low volatility is in keeping with the old-school vibe of the game. It means you won’t be scooping wins every second of play, but there’s a reasonable RTP or Return to Player of 96.09%.
The graphics can seem a little basic, and it’s far from the first time an operator has tried to launch a ‘traditional fruit machine game with a fresh twist’. It’s probably better suited to a casual or low-risk player rather than someone chasing adrenaline-fuelled thrills and playing with high stakes.
So All Star Knockout Slot may not be the most revolutionary game in the world. But it’s fun and colourful, and you’ll love it particularly if you enjoy stepping back in time with a classic fruity. Give it a whirl in free mode first off – and tell us what you thought.