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Star Dust Slot Machine
Stardust is one of the latest online slot games to come from the development team at Microgaming; and it looks set to establish itself as a mainstay of their collection thanks to its exciting array of bonus features.
As the name suggests, Stardust is an intergalactic romp that takes players around the galaxy in an attempt to win some prizes that are out of this world. It has that kitschy, almost 1980s feel to it – which will appeal to retro gamers – and a soundtrack that rollicks along on an elastic bassline.
As ever with Microgaming’s video slot machines, players are looking to spin three or more matching symbols on Stardust’s five reels, each of which boasts four rows, and there are 40 paylines in total on which to spin your winning combinations. The good news is that you can win up to 100,000 coins in Stardust – not to be sniffed at.
There are the main game symbols to keep an eye on in Stardust, and as ever it is the playing cards which form the base rung of the prize ladder. Then you will notice a quarter of coloured gems take their place on your reels – Blue, Red, Green and Yellow – and these are worth looking out for as they pay their own prizes for matching three or more as well as facilitating the free spins round.
The Stardust symbol will help you to unlock numerous riches, and watch as this spins and fires at the gems on the gameboard to push your Stardust meter, which runs along the right-hand side of the screen, higher and higher.
Eventually, or should we say hopefully, the Stardust meter will fill up as more and more gems are collected. When you spin the Galaxy High symbol in reel 3, this is when those glittering gems are blasted into smithereens and the resulting “space crumbs” added to your Stardust meter. The Stardust meter will hold all of your gems and deliver a cash prize as well as a free spin for each gem blasted, and once the meter is full with ten gems in the tank then you win the cash prize that is store and the free spins bonus round will be triggered; and this is one to get excited about.
Super Stacked Wins
The free spins round in Stardust is subject to the fantastic 1,024 ways technology! So yes, each and every free spin in this game can win in more than one thousand ways.
And the freebie round also contains Super Stacked Wilds and the Radiant Respin feature. The Super Stacked Wilds will help you to win some fantastic prizes by creating additional winning combinations on your reels. The Radiant Respin feature is triggered when players achieve a three or four symbol win; the remaining two or three reels that aren’t part of the winning combo will then be spun with the hope of achieving some even greater wins if matching symbols are found.
That is the key to this slot game from Microgaming. Stardust’s greatest riches are to be found in that free spins round; and your confidence of triggering this feature will largely determine whether you want to get involved or not.
It is a great looking game, with an intergalactic feel that will take players of a certain vintage back to the golden era of sci-fi movies of yesteryear. The sounds are non-intrusive and actually add to the overall presentation of the game.
The main game wins are generous enough compared to other titles from Microgaming and other developers, although it is the additional wins created by the Galaxy High symbol – complete with its fun animation – that are the real eye-catcher. You will love watching your Stardust meter fill up as each gem is blasted into smithereens, and you will be on the edge of your seat when you get close to that ten gem mark.
There aren’t many free spins rounds that feature two unique bonuses, and that is Stardust’s unique selling point. Super Stacked Wilds are always welcome, and these help to create some huge wins – particularly as they come backed by the 1,024 ways to win system. And then Radiant Respins…. well, again, these help to create winning combos that weren’t previously in existence on your reels.
And if you manage to achieve the 100,000 coin top prize, you will feel like you’re on another planet!