Developer Quickspin has kept things simple in Illuminous, a futuristic looking 5 reel, 20 payline slot. Simple doesn’t mean boring though and this fast-paced offering is a case in point. It comes with respins, free spins and bonus wilds offering some excellent opportunities to bag a big score. Play from between 40p and £80 per spin.

Slots created by Quickspin are usually a delight for the senses and Illuminous is no exception. The brightly coloured reels are filled with a selection of gemstones as well as the standard playing card symbols. They’re all nice and sharp, set against a dark, space-like backdrop making everything crystal clear.

The spinning of the reels is silky smooth and the ambient soundtrack is relaxed, punctuated only with fanfares for winning spins. The gemstones offer payouts of between 150 and 500 coins for a five symbol combination.

Illuminous comes with 2 types of wild. The standard wild substitutes for all other symbols. Far more interesting is the Bonus Wild scatter which is the key to the game. Find 2 Bonus Wild scatters anywhere on the reels and you’ll trigger the Hot Reel Respin feature. During the respin, the reels where the Bonus Wild scatters appeared will turn into Hot Reels with a selection of extra wilds added. Find another Bonus Wild during the respin and you’ll be awarded another.

Then there is the Hot Reel Free Spins feature which is triggered when you get 3 or more Bonus Wild – this gives you 5 free spins. The reels featuring the Bonus Wilds will benefit from Hot Reels status for the duration of the free spins, offering loads of extra wilds. It’s possible to trigger respins during the free spins too. Get on a roll here and the reels can soon become packed full of wild symbols offering some very impressive chances to win. As you can see from the screenshot to the right, I won nearly 100 times my stake.

Illuminous has the futuristic feel of NetEnt’s Starburst and Thunderkick’s Flux. Like those slots, it focuses on 1 central feature that keeps on coming and coming. The pace is fast, the visuals top class and the gameplay hypnotic which all adds up to a highly entertaining all round performer.