5 Star Knockout Review
The Microgaming-powered Northern Lights Gaming has produced a new online slot similar to its own All Star Knockout. It resembles retro slots with numbers as symbols, although it does not have fruits like its predecessors.
The Bonus round is a thing to look forward to if you want to put your hands on the loot. The base game is less interesting, but there are still a few surprises to stir your imagination.
If you want to kill some time with a pretty basic slot that has a few perks to offer, 5 Star Knockout is the game for you. Still, it will be hardly remembered after some time, for it is highly unmemorable.
- Medium volatility game with a maximum win of 4,500x the stake
- Twenty paylines
- Bonus Stars, Free Spins and Respins
The visuals are not particularly impressive, for it is a nice-looking online slot, but nothing more than that. The soundtrack is OK but somehow generic and expected, so the entire audio-visual presentation is average.
There is hardly anything to distinguish this slot from so many others, which is its biggest drawback. The base game has little to offer, so the main goal is to reach the Free Spins round and chase the maximum win.
While it is supposed to attract everyone with medium volatility, the uninspiring features and the maximum payout of 4,500x will indubitably turn off high rollers.
Theme, Graphics and Sounds
5 Star Knockout is a generic casino game with sharp graphics but pretty uninspiring visuals, with the golden-framed grid on a purple background. The soundtrack is decent, but it is nothing we have not already heard, completing the unoriginal audio-visual presentation.
It is a simple game that does not offer much in the base game, but players have the Bonus round to hope for. If you are not a high roller, it may be appealing for you, even though it is supposed to attract most players.
The developers have attempted to create a simple, classic game, but everything is too dull and average. A bit of originality and excitement would not have hurt the game.
The action takes place on a standard 5×4 game board with twenty paylines. The lower end of the paytable belongs to the four card suits in various colors.
In addition, three Sevens are premium icons, together with the game logo as the most lucrative symbol. They award two, three, four and five times your stake, respectively, with the logo granting five times your initial bet.
There are no Wilds, but Stars are the Scatter symbols that trigger the Free Spins game and offer other surprises. There are numerous winning opportunities, but they are not especially attractive in the long run.
Everything comes down to activating the Bonus round, and it does not leave too many possibilities, to begin with.
You can land up to five Star Scatters anywhere on the grid during the base game. They are collected in icon-specific Award Boards below the board, and you fill the meter by collecting five symbols.
When the Award Boards are empty, the Bonus Stars feature may activate randomly, awarding you a number of stars added to chosen symbol meters.
Another feature, Win Spin, may also trigger randomly, granting you respins for every successive winning combination. It seems interesting enough but does not offer too much excitement for the maximum win in the base game is 100x the bet.
5 Star Knockout Free Spins
When the symbol-specific Award Board is full of stars (five), it activates the Free Spins round. The symbol in question disappears from the grid during the game.
Five Free Spins are granted for a single full meter, with any additional filled meter awarding two more. The other involved symbol vanishes from the board, with a random Multiplier of up to x5 enhancing all the wins.
The Free Spins offer more winning options but do not provide any adrenaline-pumping moments. Still, the maximum win of 4,500x is much more tempting than 100x supplied in the base game.
Where To Play 5 Star Knockout?
RTP, bet sizes and volatility
5 Star Knockout provides an RTP of 96.09%, going slightly above the industry standard. It grants relatively frequent payouts but is not frequent enough for uninvolving gameplay.
The lowest bet you can place amounts to $0.20, with the highest going up to $50. Set the parameters in the game menu and play it according to your preferences. Such a broad betting range should suit anyone’s budget.
This slot is a medium volatility game that should attract most players. However, it will hardly appeal to risk-takers and high rollers, for it does not provide many thrills. It is simply not too exciting, and the maximum win of 4,500x will hardly cause any commotion.
Northern Lights Gaming wanted to create a simple, unassuming slot that most players will like for being straightforward. 5 Star Knockout is straightforward, all right, but it is too generic and uninvolving to cause any interest among players.
There are thousands of games like this, and nobody likes uninspiring titles. It looks like the developers created this slot because they had to, and that never looks good. We rate it 2 out of 5 stars.