You’ll be impressed with the intro video clip for this 888 Games slot. There is a view of a galaxy, with planets in front and an explosion which reveals the Ultimate Universe slot logo. The reels also look smart, with a sci-fi feel and sharp angles.
Wilds play a key role in Ultimate Universe – they will double every win they become a part of. There is also a free spins bonus game, which allows you to win up to 50 spins. Topping both is the progressive jackpot. This is a solid slot, and not a complex one, and will appeal to those who enjoy their games simple and sharp-looking.
888 Games do not vary the setup of their slots much, and Ultimate Universe is no exception. There is a 5 reel by 3 row grid, with 25 (non-adjustable) win-lines. There is a huge spread in the possible bet sizes, with 25c the smallest and $250 the biggest. The regular auto play is offered.
A guy in a chunky space suit is the single highest paying symbol. This is worth 2500 coins for 5 of a kind, 1000 coins for 4, 200 for 3 and 20 for just 2. Next comes what looks uncannily like the now retired Space Shuttle. This is worth a generous 1500 coins for the full 5. A satellite comes next at 1000 coins.
For the mid-prize symbols, we move from man-made to natural symbols. These are a sun with a ring of fire around it (maybe the precursor to planets), an asteroid breaking in two and a comet – complete with bright tail. These are worth 250, 200 and 150 coins for 5 of a kind and all pay down to 3 of a kind. Lower paying symbols are the common playing cards, these have been given a high-tech design.
In contrast to the blues and dark shades which make up most of the symbols, the wilds are bright. These are the logo, and say ‘Ultimate Universe’ with an orange explosion behind. Wilds will substitute for any of the regular symbols listed in the section above. They will also double any wins they are part of.
The entire solar system is crammed into a single symbol for the scatters. This shows a sun, with 5 planets around it. This symbol works independently from the win-lines. You are given prizes based on the total number in view. This is 3x your total spin amount for 3 in view, 10x for 4 and 50x for 5.
3 or more scatters will also trigger the free spins bonus game. Here you get 15 free spins for 3, 25 for 4 and 50 for the maximum 5. The free spins see the background change, and some dramatic neo-classical (movie style) music playing. You will see the remaining spins and the total amount you have won above the reels. Scatters are in play for the free spins, which means that this game can be retriggered.
There are some nice touches to the design of this online slot in addition to the impressive opening video sequence. Sound the reels you’ll see planets hanging in a starry sky. None of them are recognizable. The backs of the reels are black, which shows the subtle blues and grey shading of the symbols very well. While the man-made objects are the highest paying, the design of the planets and comet stands out more. There are short animations when you create wins.
When you hit the free spins bonus, the background changes to a more purple hue. There are different planets around, including more behind the reels. The dramatic music complements the sound effects from the rest of the game – which are zaps and bleeps in predictably sci-fi format.
Like many older slots in the 888 Games range, this one will appeal to those who prefer a solid slot game to a complex one. The visual aspects are hard to fault, with the space theme well produced from start to finish. Playing highlights include the boost to your wins from the wild symbols. These will give you 2x the prize on the pay table when involved in a winning combination. The free spins play in the same way as the base game. With up to 50 spins (plus retriggers) possible, this can be a profitable bonus round!