Blast off into space in Starquest, a volatile 6-reel slot that offers a mind boggling 117,649 ways to win. Powered by Aussie developer Big Time Gaming, it comes with full wild reels complete with multipliers that can reach 5x as well as re-spins. Play from between £1 and £2,500 per spin.

The first thing to note about Starquest is the unusual game engine – it’s played using a 6 reel set up. The number of rows varies on each reel and on each spin and can be anything from just 2 symbols, right up to 7. This means that the number of ways to win alters on each spin. It can reach a maximum of 116,749 though if they all fall to their maximum configuration. Winning combinations are created when the same symbol lands on adjacent reels.

The visuals in Starquest are pretty basic – set against a star strewn backdrop, the reels include A to 9 playing cards as well as green, blue and red gemstones. The most lucrative symbol is the SQ logo.

Keep an eye out for the female astronaut who is the game’s wild – she can land fully stacked on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 and counts as 5 symbols. The wilds also come with a multiplier which can be anything from 1x right up to 5x. If you land 2 fully stacked wild reels, the multipliers are combined. Say, for example, the multiplier on reel 2 was 2x and the multiplier on reel 3 was 3x, your payout would be boosted by a combined 6x.

Every time a full reel wild lands, you’ll trigger the Respin Wilds feature and be awarded a re-spin. The multiplier will also increase by 1, once again up to a maximum of 5x. If you land another full wild reel on the re-spin, both the wilds are held and the multipliers increased.

The gameplay in Starquest is fairly basic – the only extras on offer are the re-spins and multipliers. There’s nothing else to report on that front so if you’re looking for plenty of back story and a range of features, this probably won’t be one for you.

Simple it may but the variance here is very high – expect plenty of lean spells punctuated by the occasional biggie when you land the wild reels and healthy multiplier. Starquest is a bit of a tease of a slot – the wild multipliers can certainly deliver but expect plenty of times when your bankroll will float off into space. If you like space themed slots, there are plenty about with NetEnt’s Starburst and Playtech’s Space Invaders highly recommended.