Blazing Star Slot from Merkur Gaming intriguingly combines a futuristic sci-fi theme with a distinct back-to-basics take on the traditional slot machine. Don’t expect fancy (or indeed any) features or even any special symbols such as Wilds here. But you will be taken to the heart of the solar system, so things can get quite hot!
The title refers to the sun, the game’s most lucrative icon. The game plays out over the standard five-reel, three-row format, with just five fixed Paylines, against a background of a vast, fiery sun, which could be our own or that of a galaxy far, far away. Meanwhile, the brushed-metal surround lends the game a certain air of elegance.
How to play
Set your bets before hitting Spin. Per-spin prices are modest here, from 5p a roll to no more than a tenner, meaning Blazing Star Slot is highly affordable. Meanwhile, Autoplay offers scores of automatic whirls if you don’t feel like turning the reels yourself.
The sun is worth 100x line bet if you land five on one Payline – as mentioned, it’s the most valuable symbol. The others will be familiar to fans of the retro fruity and include plums, melons, grapes, cherries and oranges and lemons.
Wins are paid for three (or, of course, more) matching icons kicking off from the position furthest left. The cherry is the only symbol which pays a prize for two of a kind.
Blazing Star Slot special features
There are no Scatter or Wild symbols in Blazing Star Slot. So, to win, you need to create combos with the regular icons.
The winning combos you land can be gambled in a bid to boost your earnings and to do this you have a couple of options:
The ladder gamble
Move your way up a fruit machine-style ladder, with the aim of winning the top prize of £140.
Simply bet on the colour of the next card to be drawn to double all your winnings, again up to a maximum of £140.
The top prize in Blazing Star Slot is 1,000x stake, paid for landing five scorching sun icons on a single Payline.
Return to Player (RTP)
RTP or Return to Player in Blazing Star Slot is a respectable 96.31%.
With no bells and whistles, and certainly no singing or dancing, stripped-back, pared-down Blazing Star Slot is all about an old-school slots experience provided via a high-quality platform, along with some fast-paced gameplay.
This definitely isn’t a game for serious high rollers, equally, it may not be for you if you prefer lots of bonus features or love adrenaline-fuelled drama. You may also find the atmosphere slightly bland, and the background music somewhat generic.
However, it could be ideal if you’re new to slots gaming, on a tight budget, risk-averse, or just fancy playing something relaxingly straightforward to while away an hour or two. We reckon there’ll always be a place for this type of homage to pinball machines of days gone by.
So give Blazing Star Slot the benefit of the doubt, even if it does look pretty basic initially, and see if it’s full of sunshine or a damp squib for you.