Even if you’re not a fan of the sci-fi franchise Battlestar Galactica Slot, you’ll almost certainly have heard of it. Now Battlestar Galactica the action-packed, five-reel Microgaming slot joins the TV series, books and board game. The basic premise for all of these is that human civilisation has extended to a group of planets called the Twelve Colonies, in a far-flung part of the universe.
Join forces with Starbuck, Apollo and the others as you find your way around the universe in a bid to land some sizeable prizes. There are plenty of interesting features here, not to mention some genuinely brilliant graphics, intriguing gameplay and excellent sound effects. So you’ll soon feel drawn into the action. The background is an outer space environment, across which spaceships drift.
Look forward to Wilds, Scatters, free spins and multipliers – not to mention an impressive 243 ways of winning! There were two TV incarnations of Battlestar Galactica Slot, and this game focuses on the characters from the more recent series, which ran in the 2000s, while the bonus games are space-related.
How to play
As ever, your mission, should you choose to accept It, is to line up three or more symbols in the base game to bag a prize. Winning combos are created by aligning symbols on neighbouring reels, kicking off from the left.
There’s a good betting range so you’re catered for whether you’re a high roller or like to take a more cautious approach.
As ever, the playing-card symbols 10 through A lead to the less lucrative wins, while eight characters from the TV show constitute the more lucrative icons. Of these, the highest-paying are Apollo and Starbuck. Others include Tyrol, Ellen, Helo, Colonel Tigh, Six and Baltar.
As you play, you’ll also pile up points which earn you the chance to watch video clips.
Different game modes
Each of the following game modes is launched at random in Battlestar Galactica Slot, and it’s this aspect that sets the game apart from run-of-the-mill slots:
- Normal: In this mode, wins are paid out from left to right. It also triggers both the free spins and Ion Storm rounds (see below) at random.
- Run: Wins can be paid both ways, while if you land the FLT symbol on the middle reel, that triggers the Jump bonus round (again, see below).
- Fight: In this mode, an extra Wild is added to the reels.
The Battlestar Galactica Slot logo is the game’s Wild symbol, which pops up regularly, while the spacecraft symbol serves as the Scatter.
Free spins feature
In this round, 15 free whirls are up for grabs, with a 3x multiplier as the cherry on the cake. Trigger it when three to five Scatters on the reels in Normal mode. Meanwhile, in Fight mode, you earn five freebies, plus an extra Wild which may become a split Wild, plus the possibility of further, randomly awarded free spins.
Ion Storm bonus
Activated during normal mode, this converts up to five reels into Wilds to boost your chances of bagging a winning combo.
Activate this by landing the FLT icon on the middle reel. The playing-card icons disappear, with the FLT displaying in vacant slots like any of the main characters, although it won’t replace a Wild or Scatter.
Return to Player (RTP)
There’s a reasonably generous RTP or Return to Player in Battlestar Galactica Slot, at a shade over 96%. Wins tend to be modest, but frequent.
You should find enough in Battlestar Galactica Slot to keep your pulse racing, and the game maintains the high standards players expect from Microgaming. It also achieves a nice balance between entertainment and worthwhile returns. Equally, this game really isn’t a complicated one to play.
And, of course, you should love this one particularly if you were a fan of the TV shows, but you don’t have to be a Battlestar Galactica expert to enjoy it. Give it a whirl – and see for yourself!