With a name like Stardust, you might have expected planets, stars and comets on the reels of this MicroGaming slot. In fact, the main set of symbols are brightly coloured gems. The background to the (transparent) reels is a lot more sci-fi – as is the haunting electronic music. A spiral galaxy symbol plays an important part in the game, especially when it lands on reel 3.
During the base game, a meter to the right of the reels can be seem. You need to reach the top, when the free spins are triggered. This is where things get interesting. You’ll get a combination of 1024 ways to win, plus respins for 3 and 4 of a kind wins. Your profits have the potential to sky rocket!
There are 4 rows of symbols on each of 5 reels in this slot. This makes room for 40 win-lines during the base game. In the free spins bonus, the win-lines disappear, and you’ll use an all-ways winning system instead. You bet in increments of 40c – with the standard MicroGaming auto-play as an option.
The top paying symbols are text. They say, ‘Star Dust’ as two words, and are white with a pinkish tint. These are worth 25x your total spin amount for 5 of a kind. They will substitute for all the other symbols to create more wins.
During the base game these wilds are stacked – so they will cover entire reels at times. In the bonus game they become ‘super stacked’.
An orange and purple spiral galaxy is the next best paying symbol. This is worth 12.5x your spin amount for 5, and pays down to 3 from the left. This symbol has special behaviour when it hits reel 3 (see the bonus game info below for more on this).
Standard wins come from the gems, which of course, are made of stardust! There are 4 brightly coloured ones, orange, yellow, green and blue. Since their creation in the heart of a star, they have been cut and polished by a jeweller.
Playing card symbols make up the smaller and more regular wins.
When you hit a galaxy on reel 3 in Stardust slot, this zaps between 1 and 3 gems on the adjoining reels. You will see a meter to the right of the reels, which fills segments for each gem blasted. When you hit 10, you will start the free spins game. A win amount (labelled ‘starting win’), will also accumulate at the bottom of this meter. You are awarded this as the spins begin.
Three factors combine to make this free spins game worth hitting. First, the 40 win-lines change to an all-ways system. Here any 3 or more consecutive symbols in any position trigger wins – as long as they start on the left-hand reel. This seriously bumps your winning chances. Second, the wilds become super-stacked. This means you’ll see more of them, and they will cover one or more entire reels more often.
Finally, if you hit a win with 3 or 4 of a kind you get a ‘Radiant Respin’. The remaining reels spin again, giving you a second chance of hitting a 5 of a kind win.
It is the view behind the reels which impresses most about the design. During the base game this is purple hued. It shows a planet in the bottom left, with a starry scene with nebulae behind. There are sci-fi effects linking winning symbols when you hit wins too.
The symbols are plain and bright, making this slot work well on smaller mobile devices. You’ll hear haunting electronic music while you play. This gets livelier in the bonus game, when you’ll find the background also turns to a green hue.
Missing from the reels are animations, above and beyond some basic size changes. This does not take away from the game play, which is designed to be simple and serene.
It is rare to see a slot with such a big game-play contrast between the base game and bonus. During the base game you get 40 win-lines, stacked wilds and a progressive meter to keep you entertained. As soon as those free spins kick in, your big win potential will rocket. You get all-ways action, super stacked wilds, plus respins. With 1024 ways to win, and the same pay table as the base game, your bankroll could reach for the stars!