Asteroids from PariPlay: Slot Review - blast some asteroids to smithereens!
If you were an 80s child like me then you would remember the old Atari console. It featured many classic games all displayed in the most basic graphics possible, one game stood out more so than others and that was Asteroids.
I remember playing this game quite a bit when I was a kid and I recall it was notoriously difficult to play or maybe I was not that good! Anyway, it is good to see that PariPlay have brought this classic game back and hopefully I am a bit better at this game!
The game has 5 reels, 720 ways to win, and features expanding wilds, sticky wilds, and free spins
The first thing feature worth mentioning is the Wild symbol which is depicted by the word Wild with a dark red background. This symbol substitutes for all other symbols except the Free Spins. Wild symbols are often neglected in slot games to just substituting other symbols but not in this case as it contains two features. The first one is Sticky Wild, when a Wild symbol becomes part of a winning combination then it will become sticky for 1 respin.
The second one is Expanding Wild, if you land a Wild symbol on the bottom spot of reels 2 or 4 then the Wild will cover to expand the entire reel. It is really nice to see a bit of variety used for the Wild symbol in a game.
The Free Spins symbol is depicted by a World image with Free Spins emblazoned across it. If you land 3 or more Free Spins symbols anywhere along then reels then you will trigger the Free Spins mode. This feature awards you with free spins depending on how many Free Spins symbols you land. For instance, if you land 3 then you will get 10 free spins and a 2X multiplier, whereas if you land 5 Free Spins symbols then you will get 30 free spins and a whopping 10X multiplier! Free spins can also be retriggered depending on landing 3 or more Free Spins symbols while in Free Spins mode.
Theme and Graphics
The game straps you in and takes you on one hell of a space journey. The first thing I really liked about the presentation of the game was the nice nod to the original game. In the background of the slot, you can see the original Asteroids game being played and I thought that this was a nice touch.
Symbols are nicely detailed and run super smoothly on the reels. The animations are fantastic, especially when you land a winning combination. I really enjoyed seeing a Wild symbol expand and cover an entire reel.
The music is very fast and contains quite a bit of techno but this game is set in space after all and you need fast beats to ramp up the tension!
Win lines, Payouts and Jackpots
The game has 720 ways to win, an excellent RTP of 97% and a maximum payout of 600X your original bet.
Below is a summary taken from the PayOut Table from the game. The amount won for each combination depends on the value of the line bet when you spin the reels.
Bet Range: 0.50. 1.00, 2.50, 5.00, 12.50, 25.00
- Asteroids Atari Symbol: 50 for 3X, 150 for 4X, 600 for 5X
- Spaceship Symbol: 25 for 3X, 100 for 4X, 300 for 5X
- Raygun Symbol: 20 for 3X, 75 for 4X, 250 for 5X
- UFO Symbol: 20 for 3X, 50 for 4X, 200 for 5X
- Satellite Symbol: 15 for 3X, 25 for 4X, 100 for 5X
- A Symbol: 15 for 3X, 25 for 4X, 75 for 5X
- K Symbol: 10 for 3X, 15 for 4X, 60 for 5X
- Q Symbol: 10 for 3X, 15 for 4X, 60 for 5X
- J Symbol: 5 for 3X, 10 for 4X, 50 for 5X
- 10 Symbol: 5 for 3X, 10 for 4X, 50 for 5X
Our Verdict on Asteroids
Asteroids is produced by PariPlay and it's a fine tribute to a classic arcade title. This slot was real easy to pick up and play and has a really intuitive layout. The fact that there are up to 720 ways of winning provides ample opportunities for some big payouts. If PariPlay keep reviving classics in the same vein as Asteroids then they will be onto a big winner!
Take to space with an old-school classic and blast those Asteroids!