Break Away Slots

Break-AwayBreak Away is a Microgaming release, a slot machine with a theme that revolves around the world of hockey. Fans of this sport probably know that there aren’t that many slot machines out there that have this particular theme, so they’ll be happy to find out that the quality of this slot is above average. It has lots of great features, like the ways to win system or the multiplier trail, but there is also the design to enjoy, so all in all it feels like a title in which Microgaming poured a lot of effort.

The 243 ways to win are impressive, but not uncommon in modern slot machines, being used often enough in 5 reel games. The prizes are the ones that are on the low side when it comes to regular symbols, but the scatter symbol saves the day, offering up to $12,500.

Features of Break Away

One of the things that this game does very well is the features. To start with, we have the stacked wild symbols, and then you can also get scatters, a Smashing Wild feature, free spins with rolling reels and huge multipliers, plus the ways to win.

You probably know what the ways to win are, but I’ll explain them just in case, since they’re not available in most slots. These ways to win replace the regular paylines, so you no longer have fixed positions in which the symbols have to appear. Instead, all you need is for the symbols to be on adjacent reels, starting from the left. Each symbol can combine with any of the three available on the next reel, so there is an increased chance of a combo being formed. Just like the name suggests, you get 243 chances to win each round.

Rolling Reels is another important part of the game. Whenever you get a winning combination, the symbols that comprise them will break and go off screen, so that new ones can come take their place. With the new symbols settled in, there is a chance that new combinations will be formed, with new prizes, but without requiring you to place a new bet.

The wild symbols appear stacked, on three reels out of five. It’s the last three reels that get the stacked wilds, and the game promises that over 40 wilds have been added to the reels, so it’s just up to you to get as many of them to appear as possible. This wild symbol can be incredibly helpful when it appears, especially when ways to win are used instead of paylines. Only one symbol can be replaced by a wild, the scatter symbol.

Smashing Wild Feature

During this feature, you will notice that hockey players appear out of nowhere and they crash into the middle three reels, making one of them entirely wild, guaranteeing you a win in the process.


Free Games Feature

There are free spins in the game as well, like in most modern games. The requirement to trigger them is for 3 to 5 Pucks to be on the reels, in whatever positions they happen to land in. There are also prizes offered by the same symbols. Three to five Pucks will also trigger 15, 20 or 25 spins for free.


The spins come with Rolling Reels, plus multipliers of up to 10x, which increase with each consecutive win that is awarded to the player. You can’t retrigger the free spins as they’re running though.


Betting options and jackpots

In order to get the 243 ways to win active, you will have to wager on the equivalent of 50 lines, so you don’t have to spend coins on every single one of them. The line gets 10 coins of $0.10 at the highest level, so you spend $1 for each one. With 50 virtual lines used in the bets, the wagers reach $50.

As for the best prizes, they come from the scatter symbol, five of them being enough to get you $12,500 when the highest wager is used.

Design and symbols

The design is one of the great things about this game, and that’s saying a lot when you know how good the features are. There are only hockey related images on the reels, and the quality is very good in each case. Even though the faces of the players aren’t very clear, looking more like oil paintings than modern computer designs, everything seems to work out find in the end.


Symbols: Break Away Logo (wild), Hockey Puck (scatter, 250x bet), Forward (500x), Defenseman (250x), Goalie (200x), Referee (175x), Hockey Faceoff (150x), Hockey Rink (125x), Ice Skates (100x) and Zamboni Machine (80x).


Is It Worth Playing?

Yes, it is, especially if hockey is important to you. Its features are actually interesting enough that the slot might be worth a look even if you’re not into hockey at all.

Break Away can be found at any Microgaming casino, where you get a chance to play it for real money or in free mode.