Based on the classic Atari video game, Asteroids is a 5 reel, 720 ways to win slot from Pariplay. Features on offer include sticky wilds with re-spins, expanding wilds and a free spins round that awards up to 30 free spins with multipliers of 10x. Blast off, on all devices, from between 50p and £50 per spin.
It’s fair to say that the visuals in Asteroids have had a bit of an upgrade since the original video game first hit the shelves in the late 1970s. The slot version is played using a 3x4x5x4x3 game engine which gives 720 ways to win. Successful combinations are created by landing matching symbols on adjacent reels.
Those symbols include A to 10 playing cards plus 5 space themed objects. In ascending value look out for satellites, flying saucers, ray guns and rockets. The asteroids are the top payers. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these in combination and you’ll receive 1, 3 or 12 times your total stake.
There’s also a wild that can land on any reel and substitute for all symbols apart from the free spins scatter. If a wild forms part of a winning combination, it will turn into a sticky wild and will remain locked in place for 1 re-spin that follows – known as the Sticky Wild feature. Land a wild on the bottom position of reels 2 or 4 and it will expand to turn the whole of that reel wild – this is the Expanding Wild feature.
The planet earth symbol is the scatter – land 3 or more of them on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Free Games feature. This is where things get far more interesting. The feature takes place on a new set of reels which are reminiscent of the classic Asteroids visuals:
- 3 scatters and you’ll get 10 free spins with a 2x multiplier
- 4 scatters and you’ll get 20 free spins with a 5x multiplier
- 5 scatters and you’ll get 30 free spins with a 10x multiplier
Asteroids was 1 of the first massively popular video games – this slot version is a classy update. As you’d hope, the design is several steps up on what was on offer in the original. The visuals are glossy, HD affairs and impressively done. Likewise, the thumping, electro-style soundtrack which adds to the futuristic feel.
The gameplay stands up well too. The 720 ways to win engine provides plenty of action and the sticky wilds and re-spins play their part. We found the expanding wilds much harder to come by. The real action comes via the free spins round, especially if you manage to trigger more than the minimum number of free spins. The 5x and 10x multipliers can quickly get the coins flying.
Medium to high variance, Asteroids is an impressive re-boot of an old favourite. If you’re after a slice of old school nostalgia, I recommend you also try Playtech’s Space Invaders.