Start the countdown and blast into space on the third ever Megaways slot from Big Time Gaming. Hitting the casino lobbies a few months after Dragon Born and Queen of Riches and just eight weeks before Bonanza went live, it didn’t receive quite the attention as the blockbuster slot with the magical and at times elusive GOLD scatter combination. Maybe because it has a simpler gameplay with multiplier wilds and respins only but no bonus round.
However, it can pack quite a punch as an Indonesian player showed just two days after its release in November 2016. He hit a $404,000 win on a $40 bet at Videoslots, that is a cool 10,100x his stake and one of the largest non-progressive wins we have witnessed at online casinos. Big Time Gaming has since reduced the maximum bet to just 20 credits.
Starquest is a video slot with six reels and 64 to 117,649 ways to win. The game is using the patented Megaways engine with variable reels where two to seven symbols appear on each reel in a spin. Wins are paid for adjacent symbols and that both ways, from left to right and from right to left.
You can blast off into space on mobile or desktop from 0.20 to 20 credits per spin. The game is highly volatile with a standard RTP of 96.22%
Graphics and Visuals
The slot carries a space theme with a star-lit sky at night in the background of the translucent game window. Crisp HD graphics and stunning animations were showing already then what the creative team at Big Time Gaming was capable of. A generic yet catchy electronic soundtrack accompanies the usual reel and win count noises.
Big Time Gaming at a very early stage set-up a standard pay symbol set that can be found on most of their slots. It starts with the card royals from 9 through to A at the low end and is followed by green, blue and red gems at the high end. The top symbol is an artistic take on the slot logo. Pays for a single six of a kind range from 0.4 to 15x your stake. A lady astronaut with a futuristic weapon is the wild symbol, appearing on reels two to five only. There are no scatters on this game.
Starquest Game Features
Two slot features hold the key to riches on the Starquest slot, none of which involve free spins or a bonus game. They can trigger on any spin and enhance the reels with wild multiplier and award respins.
- Full Reel Wilds: Any wild appearing on a spin will cover the entire reel and display a win multiplier from x1 to x5. More than one wild multiplier are multiplied by each other. With the potential to have all four centre reels wild, it can lead to a maximum win multiplier of 5x5x5x5, equaling x625. As a result, any small win will instantly turn into a mega win.
- Respin Wilds Feature: But the simple multiplier is not all yet. Any wild will also trigger a respin to provide more potential to have more wilds land. The feature continues until no new wilds appear on a respin or all four centre reels are wild. Wins are evaluated at the end of the feature.
Starquest was one of the simpler Megaways slots released in 2016 by Big Time Gaming. Maybe something for them to test the waters how players would respond to the complex game engine. Yet, it has one of the highest volatilities in their slots portfolio. While that means it can drain sizeable balances at breakneck speed, seeing multiple wilds with a high multiplier land on a spin will always be a reason to start celebrating a mega win. Not for the fainthearted but great fun when the wilds fire up on a spin.