Starquest space slots, engage! This complex-looking, but ultimately simple Big Time Gaming slot floats in orbit around a colorful blob-clouded planet and scores every spin with upbeat trance music. There are no progressive jackpots, scatter symbols, feature games nor free spin rewards, but there is a Space Lady in a uniform snug enough to turn your reel wild.
The six-reel Starquest does away with standard rows and paylines, and instead uses Big Time Gaming’s Megaways structure. Every reel holds between seven small symbols and two large symbols, creating up to 117649 possible ways to win.
Give Starquest a try in its free mode or launch its paid version on desktop or mobile devices.
Starquest six-reel slot takes up most of the gameplay space, and provides a clock set to the standard time of your corner of Earth. The balance and win totals are listed at the bottom. A set of standard buttons sit to the right of the reels on desktops or below them on mobile devices. The two buttons below your Stake set the bet between 0.20 and 20.00. A large play icon starts single spins. The repeat icon prompts a screen that customizes automatic spins up to 100. Find the paytables and game information using the three-dash menu button.
This slot backs away from its space theme in order to provide simple symbols. Playing card values, from 9 to Ace, pay the lowest. Green Pentagon, Blue Hexagon and Red Octagon symbols offer higher payouts, while the StarQuest SQ emblem (inspired by Star Trek?) is the most valuable.
It’s how these symbols work that make them part of the Big Time Gaming family. Each reel is filled with between two and seven symbols, with the seven-size being the smallest, the two-size being the tallest and the four other sizes fitting between them.
The sizes have their own strengths and weaknesses. Smaller symbols offer more potential wins because of the variety they allow, but that same assortment may lead to smaller payouts. Larger symbols reduce the likelihood of a win by limiting a reel’s diversity, but can offer up bigger victories when part of a payout.
Winning Megawaysoccur when three matching symbols appear in adjacent reels, from left to right and right to left, starting from the first and sixth reels.
Without any feature games or scatters, Starquest’s best route to big wins is with the Full Reel Wild. Appearing in reels two, three, four and five, these wilds substitute for any symbol up to five times (not seven). When they land, the aforementioned Space Lady blasts her reel and offers a 1x to 5x win multiplier. Payouts are collected, then a re-spin starts with the wild reel locked in place, and the multiplier increased by one.
If another wild lands, the techno speeds up, the two multipliers are multiplied,the winnings amassed, then another re-spin occurs with each wild locked and their multipliers raised by one. This can continue with more wilds but each multiplier maxes out at 5x.
To note, the wilds do not guarantee a win. The substituted symbols need to be part of a winning Megaway.
Getting your head around the various sizes of symbols takes a little while, even if the game does a decent job of animating wins. Due to the large quantity of symbols and Megaways, individual payouts tend to be small. Landing a few SQ icons or lining up multiple Space Ladies for wild wins will be the key to getting your balance in good shape.
Once new players get used to this, then the game will become much simpler, though some gamers will be lost along the way. Experienced players searching for slots with unique gameplay could be drawn to Starquest, though its lack of features may be a drawback.