Based on celestial objects rather than Reeves and Mortimer’s finest hour, Shooting Stars is a 5 reel, 10 payline slot from Novomatic. Available to play on all devices, it comes with expanding wilds which also award a re-spin. Play from between 10p and £50 per spin.
The design in Shooting Stars is a step up from what we’ve come to expect from Novomatic-powered slots – set against a celestial backdrop filled with gases and planets, the reels are made up of just 7 symbols. The A, K, Q, J and 10 symbols are set within brightly coloured planets and are rather nicely done.
The swirling galaxy symbol comes next, awarding payouts of 2.5, 6 or 12 times your total stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a payline. The bright orange sun-like object is the most lucrative symbol offering 5, 20 or 25 times your total stake for a 3, 4 or 5 symbol combination.
The standard symbols are joined by the shimmering shooting star which is the game’s wild – it can land on the middle 3 reels only and substitutes for all other symbols. Whenever the wild lands, it will expand to fill the whole of that reel or reels.
Better still, you’ll be awarded a re-spin with the stacked wild locked in place. If another wild lands on the re-spin, the process is repeated. It’s possible to land a re-spin with all 3 central reels wild. This is known as the Shooting Stars Bonus feature.
That’s all there is to report as gameplay is concerned – there aren’t any free spins in the traditional sense. The wilds come along often enough, complete with the re-spins, so you won’t really miss them.
As far as volatility goes, Shooting Stars isn’t as explosive as some – the variance is in the low to medium range. You shouldn’t endure too many lengthy winless runs. The stacked wilds mean that decent wins are still possible though.
With classy visuals and a stirring soundtrack, this is a well-designed Novomatic slot (not something we write too often). The simple gameplay has a hypnotic quality. It won’t be for you if you like loads of variety in your features or sky high variance.
It’s still not as good as Vic and Bob’s spoof gameshow but this slots version of Shooting Stars is an entertaining proposition and worth a closer look, especially if you like NetEnt’s Starburst which is clearly Shooting Stars’ inspiration.