Battlestar Galactica is another excellent video slot developed by Microgaming, one of the oldest and most famous online gambling software providers of the industry. It’s an especially appealing game for me, as I am a huge science fiction fan, and Battlestar Galactica was one of my favorite TV series of all time.
Battlestar Galactica is a five-reel video slot with 243 ways to win, along with a lot of extra features – three game modes (normal, fight and run modes) with different opportunities and bonuses, FTL win mode, ranking and all my favorite characters from the series on the reels. The whole theme of the slot machine is adjusted to macth the one in the ‘fracking’ series.
The characters on the reels are all well known for the fans of the series: Caprica Six, Chief Tyroll, Starbuck, Apollo, Dr. Baltar, Colonel Tigh, Ellen Tigh and Helo, along with a series of ‘high cards’ in the classic Battlestar Galactica type. I kind of miss the Old Man himself and the attractive young Cylon, Sharon, though…
Winning spins are often rewarded by cinematics from the TV show, featuring the character on the winning line. An Ion Storm can appear at any time, turning up to five reels into wilds.
I mentioned game modes before. Let’s cover them in a little more detail:
In normal mode the Battlestar Galactica logo acts as a wild symbol. Winnings count left to right only.
in Run mode all wins pay left to right and right to left as well. An FTL countdown landing on the middle reel will turn any ‘high card’ into a mystery symbol, leading to additional winnings.
In Fight mode, any symbol can randomly turn into a wild, and these can split into a double wild symbol, increasing the number of winning combinations. Three, four or five Vipers reward the player with five free spins, with additional free spins to be awarded during the bonus feature.
In Free Spins mode the winnings are multiplied by up to 3, and three or more Viper symbols come with special bonuses of up to 9,000 coins. The maximum number of coins that can be won in Free Spins mode is 1.4 million. Quite a jackpot, I must say…
About the payouts: the winnings associated with Starbuck are the highest, up to 2,400 coins. For three or more of the same symbol in a row the player wins between 30 and 2,400 coins at a time.
Battlestar Galactica is a slot that tracks the player’s rank. There are benefits associated with each rank – new animations, wild reel and so on.
All things considered, the Battlestar Galactica is one of my favorite slots, partly due to its theme, and partly due to its features. It is worth a try.
Girls with Guns – Jungle Heat is another great online video slot developed by Microgaming, responsible for such popular titles as Thunderstruck II, Playboy online slot or The Dark Knight Rises. It is a video slot with five reels and 243 ways to win, complete with scatter and wild symbols, free spins that can be retriggered, and tough and sexy girls that can kick the baddies bottoms in no time.
The wild symbol of the game is the ‘Girls with Guns – Jungle Heat’ logo, that is stacked on the reels. It substitutes for every symbol except the Scatter. Three or more Wild symbols in a row reward the player with 800, 1,600 or 8,000 coins. The game also has a special wild symbol, featuring all the girls (and an explosion of the background), similar to the Charlie’s Angels logo. This symbol, when it appears on the third reel, can expand to the rest of the rows, making the entire reel wild.
Three or more scatter symbols – a heart shaped grenade with some barbed wire and a huge lipstick kiss on it – reward the player with 15 free spins, with a random reel turning wild in each spin. Free spins can be retriggered during the game. Also, two or more scatter symbols reward the player with 600 to 60,000 coins, as a special treat from the girls.
The girls are as attractive and strong as they can be. Jess, the cute blonde infiltrator, rewards the player with up to 4,500 coins. Zoe, the tough tactical teammate offers up to 5,000 coins. Alex is responsible for the demolitions and up to 5,500 coins, while Kira, the ice cold sniper rewards the lucky player with 6,000 coins. Maria, the smoking hot artillery expert has 7,000 coins in store for the lucky player. Katherine, the leader of the Girls with Guns team, has the highest payout in store for us: 8,000 coins.
While testing the Girls with Guns – Jungle Heat online video slot I intended to ‘hunt down’ the free spins game (to be in line with the girls and guns theme of the slot), but I sincerely couldn’t. There are so many symbols on the reels – high cards, smoking guys, armed bandits and the girls themselves – and so few scatters, the most I managed to get on screen at the same time were two. Also, the average win was much lower than the average bet (600 coins) that I finished all my funds before I had the chance to see anything worth mentioning.
Althoug the game has an excellent design, cool graphics, appealing girls with guns and attractive payment options, I must say I found it a little boring. It’s a cool game, though, and it’s worth a try.
Iron Man 3 is another great Playtech online slot machine, one of the ‘Marvel’ slots developed by the company. It has 25 paylines, five reels, free spins, progressive jackpots and several bonus games that can make the game experience exciting and lucrative at the same time. The game features a wild symbol, a scatter symbol and a series of bonuses, along with the attractive Marvel jackpots, all packed in an attractive Marvel environment.
The Iron Man 3 slot has several bonus games, inspired by the movie with the same title.
The Hall of Armor bonus game is triggered by three ‘Iron Man’ symbols on any of the five reels. In the Hall of Armor the player will have to choose one of the three armors used by Tony Stark / Iron Man for three different bonus game: the Iron Patriot, the Mark 42 or the War Machine.
Iron Patriot bonus game
In this bonus game the player gets 15 free spins, with a dynamic multiplier between 2x and 5x. Each time the Iron Patriot (looks like a hybrid Iron Man / Captain America suit) appears on reels 1, 2, 4 and 5 the multiplier increases by one. Spins with no Iron Patriot decrease the multiplier by one. If the Iron Patriot lands on reel 3, three extra free spins are awarded.
War Machine bonus game
This metallic suit awards the player with eight free spins and random wilds. Three wild symbols will be randomly distributed onto the reels on every spin. As above, if the War Machine lands anywhere on reel 3, the number of free spins increases by 3.
Mark 42 bonus game
This suit brings the player 10 free spins with the wilds freezing in their position for the next three spins. Whenever a new wild symbol lands on the reels, it resets the rest of the already frozen wild symbols on the reels for the next three spins. As above, if the Mark 42 lands on reel three, it means three extra spins.
All Systems Go Re-Spin
This is another bonus feature to be found in the Iron Man 3 online slot. If the Mark 42 lands on reel 1, the War Machine lands on reel 2 and the Iron Patriot makes it on reel 3 at the same time, the player is awarded with one re-spin, with the three suits locked in their position.
Players of the Iron Man 3 online slot have the chance to win Marvel’s multi-level mystery progressive jackpot, by playing a randomly triggered side game of guessing.