The human race is on the brink of destruction and a small remnant of the human race must fight through several interstellar challenges to find a new home. This is the premise of the long running NBC hit, Battlestar Galactica.
The talented team over at Microgaming have taken this theme and spun it into an exciting online video slot ready to wow all kinds of online gamers, from the newbies to the experts, with wilds, scatters and a host of galactic themed bonuses.
Sci-fi fan or not, Battlestar is sure to offer an experience worth trying and, most likely, worth repeating. Considering the long run of the television show, the game is likely to me a success.
Space Age visuals
It is common for a Microgaming product to be visually impressive and Battlestar does not disappoint. With three different colour pallets, each bringing to life a spacey motif, players will certainly enjoy occasional change of scenery. Aside from the stylised royal symbols, eight characters from the television series, a fighter jet and the Battlestar Galactica logo complete the set. Adding to the experience are various clips from the Tv show and an enticing soundtrack interspersed with audio clips from the latest series.
Galactic Reels: Scatters and Wilds
The slot runs with 5 reels, 3 rows and, while the pay lines are not adjustable, the game uses Microgaming 243 ways to win system. The Battlestar logo appears wild and is stacked on reel 1 during the base game. Other symbols, save the scatter, are substituted by the wild to create extra winning combinations. The scatter is the symbol of the fighter jet. When three or more scatters land they trigger the free spins bonus which has 15 free spins and a 3x multiplier. They wilds and scatters also carry a pay-out bonus. The coins range from 0.01 to 0.05 with the betting running from a minimum of 0.3 to a max of 15.
Stellar Max: 1.400.000 Coins on offer
There is a non-progressive jackpot attached to this slot offering up to 1.4 million coins although this is definitely a hard jackpot to hit. It can be won during the free spins bonus round.
Battlestar Galactica offers some interesting bonuses. The first is the Ion Storm bonus, a randomly triggered bonus which can turn up to five reels wild. This is similar to a bonus on other Microgaming games.
The scatter symbol bonus pay-out pays 1,500 coins for 3 scatters, 3,000 coins for 4 scatters and 15,000 for five scatters. 2 Wild symbols pay 40 coins, 3 symbols pay 400 coins, 4 symbols pay 1000 and 5 symbols pay a chunky 6000 coins.
Additionally the game can be played in three modes. It’s in the normal mode that wilds on reel one are stacked, the ion feature can be randomly triggered and the three scatters can trigger the free spins bonus.
The run mode can be randomly triggered during normal mode. In the run mode winning combinations pay from right to left and left to right, and there is a “jump” feature which introduces a new FTL symbol in the middle reel. If the FTL symbol lands, the royals are replaced with mystery symbols which can create good pay-out chances.
Another mode, Fight mode, can be randomly triggered during run mode. During fight mode random symbols can be turned wild at any time. They can also be split in two, providing additional winning chances. Landing three or more scatters during fight mode triggers five free spins, which can be re-triggered.
Another unique feature is the Ranking feature. While it does not link to pay out possibilities, progress in the rankings can increase the available content from the series and add to the overall game experience.
All in all, Battlestar Galactic is a well-rounded and fulfilling online slot. The visuals are enjoyable, the audio adds flair and the bonuses are exciting, providing a decent pay out chances.