Stardust is a Microgaming developed video slot, and one which has chosen to centre itself on intergalactic gemstones. The slot contains a mixture of both customary and thematic imagery, with diamonds and gemstones present on the reels alongside the typical high playing card icons.
Players will note that the slot initially features 40 paylines spread over its 5 reels, although this can rise exponentially to 1,024 paylines in the bonus round. The slot is quite basic in appearance and theme, but in terms of its special features, you could call it original.
Coins Range:1 - 10
Free Spins/Multiplier Better:Yes
As is often the case with Microgaming developed slots, you are not going to be permitted to adjust the number of lines you play with. What you can do is adjust other aspects of your bet, though. For instance, players can choose coin denominations which range from 1p up to £1 in total. They can also choose to wager anything from 1 up to 10 of these coins per line. Given that you must play with all 40 lines, you are looking at minimum and maximum wagers of 40p per spin, and £400 a spin, respectively.
The maximum amount you can win at any one time with the Stardust slot is actually 400,000 coins. In terms of its best paying symbol, that happens to be the Stardust logo. This symbol is a wild icon, but can result in you winning the non-progressive jackpot should 5 appear on any payline. The scatter is the second best paying symbol in this slot game.
Now you know what the wild symbol is, but do you know what it does? Aside from substituting itself for all other symbols in the game, the wild also has another feature. In the base game, the wild symbol can appear stacked on all of the reels of the slot. During the free spins bonus round, the wild symbol appears super stacked (even larger stacks of wilds) on the fourth and fifth reels.
In the base game, every time the galaxy symbol (scatter) appears on the third reel, the player will collect 1 gem. The number of gems collected is visible in the Stardust Meter on the screen. Once 10 gems have been collected, a free spins bonus round begins.
In Stardust’s free spins bonus round, players can start with up to 13 free spins in total. As mentioned, wilds become super stacked on the fourth and fifth reels of this bonus game. More to the point, there are 1,024 ways to win in the free spins feature. The sheer number of paylines virtually ensures that you pocket a more than respectable win in the bonus game. Also during the free spins bonus, a Radiant Re-spin feature may be triggered, in which the fourth and fifth reels can re-spin to boost your winnings. This happens once to both reels on a 3-symbol, win, and once on the fifth reel on a 4-symbol win. The free spins bonus game cannot be retriggered.
Microgaming has launched their Stardust slot for mobile users. This is not always the case with Microgaming video slots, so this is something of a treat. The game runs smoothly on most mobile devices, and its simplistic gameplay makes it well worth a look if you happen to favour mobile slots, or are new to the craze.
There is certainly a surplus of star and gemstone themed slots on the market right now. Net Ent have released quite a few, as have other major developers. This one is Microgaming’s take on the genre. Whilst it is not exactly the most original game ever released, there are certainly aspects of the Stardust slot which will appeal to all players, particularly the free spins bonus round. That being said, in appearance and theme, there are other slots out there which are just as dashing, if not more so.