Shooting Stars Slot
Shooting Stars in a 5-reel max 10 pay line slot from Novomatic. Let's get this out of the way for TV fans – this is nothing to do with the archaic and haphazardly funny panel game show devised by and starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Instead, this is a space-themed slot with some gorgeous graphics and an inventive menu system. This game is quite a departure from Novomatic's usual fare, and they might be accused of attempting to ape the success of NetEnt's delightful Starburst (and they wouldn't be the first gambling software provider to be accused of that). However, as 'impressions' go Shooting Stars is to Starburst what a Championship relegation match is to the FIFA World Cup Final.
All the symbols used in this game are space related – stars, galaxies and planets. For absolutely no reason whatsoever each of the planets has a playing card value from ten to ace etched upon its surface.
Setting your wager on this game is not as easy as most other slots. You need to select the 'Menu' option that floats over the right hand side of the screen, then choose the number of lines you want in play from one to all ten using the arrows (note that pay lines run both left-to-right and right-to-left). You can select your bet-per-line in the same way, or just hit the 'max bet' option which will automatically set the bet to the max level you can afford. When you're ready to hit warp factor ten, click the 'spin' button. You can also click and hold the spin button to set auto-spin mode.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest paying planet is the green 'jack' planet or the golden 'ten' planet. Three of them on an active pay line wins you five times your line bet. The stellar payer is the star/sun symbol – land five and you win 250x your bet-per-line.
The light blue 'wild star' symbol substitutes for all other symbols and appears on the central three reels only. Any wild star that appears will expand to fill the entire reel, and you are awarded a free re-spin (another nod to 'Starburst'). This process can repeat until potentially all three central reels are wild.
And that's about it as far as Shooting Stars and features go. We really can say nothing more than this is NetEnt's 'Starburst' in all but name – well, close enough. If Starburst didn't exist, then we'd all be jumping up and down with excitement at this Novomatic release. But Starburst has been around for some time and has gained its deserved reputation as one of the most popular slots on the net. We just hoped NetEnt are flattered by Novomatic's 'tribute'.