We love it when a game surprises us, and that’s exactly what this Stars Awakening mobile slot by Playtech managed to do.
We should point out that there are no fancy graphics or free spin bonus games in this Playtech phone slot.
Instead, all the high paying symbols are basically the same – planets or ‘stars’ in all different colours from purple to green to red.
Then you have the low paying symbols in the form of an alien race of equally colourful characters, because at this point the theme is practically accidental.
This Stars Awakening slot game has two features; the first is the one you’ll be most excited about, but won’t win as much.
That’s the fact that every time you get a win, you’ll get a re-spin of the reels, like with the wilds in Fu Er Dai by Play’n Go.
At this point, the purple star will light up, because this symbol will now pay like a scatter over these 20 paylines; meaning it will pay regardless of where it lands on the reels.
In fact, it can even multiply it’s value if you get more than two symbols on the same reel.
Win again and suddenly you have three planets pay as scatter, win on the second re-spin and all the high paying symbols will now pay as scatters – but wont expand like in Book of Ra 6 phone slot.
After 3 re-spins, you’ll get no more Stars Awakening free spins, but for those short intense few spins, you really start feeling the heat of these globes.
The Wild Symbol (Planet Earth?) is the wild symbol and generally comes stacked.
But more importantly every once in a while, one of the planets will turn into a giant planet, covering reels 3, 4, and 5 and giving you a chance at some amazing 5 of a kind wins.
That said, when the Wild Earth turns into a giant planet, that’s when you’re laughing all the way to the bank – we got an impressive 250 times our bet win in one spin.
Just goes to show, we’d rather have average theme but with a brilliant slot machine mechanics, rather than a great theme, but awful gameplay (here’s looking at your Dirty Dancing game).
|Mobile Slot released
|Slot reels / paylines
|5 Reels / 20 Paylines
|0.01 - 100
|0.20 / 2,000
|Up to 3 Re-spins / Scatter Symbol Wins
|Stacked Wilds, Giant Symbols, Scatter Symbol Wins
|Adventure & Explorer
Wild Symbol: The Earth like planet is the wild symbol and comes stacked across this 5 reels and 20 paylines slot game.
It can be used to replace any other symbol to create a win, including scatter wins.
High Win Symbols turn to Scatter Symbols: Every winning spin rewards you with a respin of the reels.
During the first respin, the purple symbol now pays like a scatter. In as much as it doesn't have to be on a payline to create a win, any 3 or more anywhere on screen gives you a cash prize.
If you get another win, you'll get a second respin, where now the purple, blue and green symbols pay as scatter.
If you get another win, you'll get a third and final re-spin, where all 5 high win planet symbols now pay as scatter.
This feature stops if you don't get a win, or you hit the third re-spin.
How The Scatters Pay: When you get 3 or more symbols anywhere on the reels, these pay according to it's paytable value, multiplier by each number of times the symbol appears on each reel.
So say you have a green symbol on reel 1, 2 green symbols on reel 2 and 4, and 1 green symbol on reel 5.
As the green symbols pays 30 coins you'll get: 30 x 1 x 2 x 2 x 1 = 120 coins win.
Giant Spin Feature: Every once in a while a giant planet will land to cover the whole of reel 3, 4, and 5.
This doesn't always hit a win, but as any of the planets can become giants, including the wild symbol, this can lead to some impressive 5 of a kind wins.
Why is this slot called Stars Awakening, when the symbol on the reels are planets?
Maybe it's because as each high paying symbol turns into scatters on each consecutive win, they start glowing like stars.
But honestly, whilst the theme isn't very cohesive, the gameplay is good enough that you won't really care, thanks to stacks of wilds, giant symbols, and lots of scatter wins.
Not as novel as Finn and the Swirly Spin slot by NetEnt, but simpler and easier to pick up quickly.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 12, 2018 - Rating