Based on the Atari console classic, Star Raiders is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot from Pariplay. Boasting impressive design, this space-themed game comes with wilds that can remain locked in position for up to 5 spins as well as a free spins round that’s played using a 243 ways to win game engine. Blast off, on all devices, from between 20p and £20 per spin.
The original 8-bit version of Star Raiders was released in 1979 – things have changed a little since then as far as visuals are concerned! Set against a deep space backdrop, the reels do feature the original game’s famous grid though.
Joining the lower value A to 10 playing cards are 5 different spacecraft – each 1 is backed by a brightly coloured planet. The most lucrative of these is the purple, moon-like planet. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these on 1 of the game’s 20 paylines and you’ll pocket 4, 9 or 50 times your stake.
The flying saucer is the wild – it can land anywhere on the reels and replaces all other symbols apart from the free spins scatter. You’ll notice a number in the top right hand corner of each wild. When it lands, you will trigger the Wild Locked Symbol feature – the wild will remain frozen in position for that number of spins. This can be anything from 2, right up to 5 spins. 5 wilds on a payline pays 50 times your stake. T
Land 3 of the free spins symbol anywhere on the reels on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Red Alert Battle Mode feature. Here you’ll be awarded a random number of free spins which are played out on a new set of 243 ways to win reels. This means winning combinations can be formed on adjacent reels too. Finally, 3 or more scatters will give you another random amount of free spins.
Just like Pariplay’s fellow Atari-themed slot Asteroids, Star Raiders impresses as far as looks and sound go. The visuals and electronic soundtrack reminded us of a classic console game. A shame then that we didn’t find the features quite so alluring. The sticky wilds certainly helped things along in the base game and we landed the free spins regularly.
Graphically superb, it’s a medium variance game with decent wins available in the base game due to the locked wilds and the 243 ways to win in the free spins feature. Nostalgia buffs looking for some old-school action will find Star Raiders mush to their liking.