Stardust

This is an intriguing game from Microgaming. The basic theme is a pretty traditional fruit machine style format. The main symbols are brightly coloured gem stones, together with some high playing card values. The rest of the game is, as its name implies, distinctly astronomical though. The background is a purple hued view of outer space, while the special symbols all carry an intergalactic theme. As this description may suggest, thereís a lot more to this game than the gem and playing card laden reels may suggest. The game looks great on a desktop or laptop, but the easily distinguishable reel symbols and brightly coloured graphics should make this a great option for on the go play on a more compact device too. The bright gem stones on a largely dark back drop should make this title a viable option even in bright, sunny outdoor locations. But despite its extra-terrestrial sounding name, this title is probably not recommended for outer space play though: if youíre on the International Space Station, youíre probably going to be pretty busy.

Game Play

There are forty possible winning lines on this title, so you can start to play with a stake of as little as 40p. The maximum bet per spin is £100. The Wild symbol is the Stardust symbol. This can substitute for all the other symbols to increase the chances of achieving a winning combination. There isnít a Scatter or Bonus symbol on this game. Instead, watch out for the Galaxy symbol. You need to get this on your central reel to get the chance to trigger the Free Spins Bonus Game (see details below).

Special Features

To set up your Free Spin Bonus game, you have to get a start by getting a Galaxy symbol on reel three. This enables you to randomly collect the gem stones from your reels, in order to fill up your Stardust Meter on the right of your screen. You are awarded one free spin for every gem stone you collect. Get ten or more gems to fill your meter and trigger your free spins. The maximum number of free spins you can be awarded is thirteen. You are also rewarded with a random bonus win amount for every gem in your meter.

Your Free Spins also carry some special features: Radiant Re-spins are activated whenever you achieve three or four of a kind line wins. This means that every time you get three matching symbols on the first three reels, reels four and five are re-spun. Get four in a row and reel five is re-spun.

Summary

This is one of those games that offer something a little bit different. This unconventional mash up between a traditional fruit machine and an intergalactic science fiction theme is intriguing and surprisingly effective. The Free Spin Bonus Game is good fun and the Radiant Re-spin feature is an unusual innovation which can help to boost your winning prize fund. The long term Return to Player rate (RTP) for this title is over 96%.