Hypernova Radial Reels
Travel into deep space to experience the mysteries of the infinite universe on the slot from ReelPlay powered by Relax Gaming. Hypernova Radial Reels is using a new mechanic with a vortex-like motion to align symbols on circular reels. Winning combinations will vaporize to be replaced with new symbols, starting a chain reaction that can lead to wins of up to 25,000 times your bet. Land three scatters across the orbit to trigger the Free Spins feature with retriggers and a progressive wild multiplier peaking at an insane x300.
The game is currently live exclusively at Casumo and will be released across the Relax Gaming network on 5th August 2020.
|Deposit Bonus||20 no-deposit spins + 100% up to €300|
|No Deposit Offer||20 Bonus Spins on Book of Dead|
|Bonus available||Valid until further notice|
|Time to meet requirements||6 months|
|Operator||Casumo Services Limited|
|Max bet size||€5 or 0.50 per bet line|
|Deposit bonus||No limits|
|No deposit max cashout||N/A|
|Deposit Bonus||30 X Dep. & Bonus|
|Free spins||30 X Bonus|
Hypernova Radial Reels is a video slot in a circular shape with three rings, each divided into 12 segments. The 12 pay lines start on the outer ring and run diametrically towards the other end (more to that shortly). Wins are paid for three to six matching symbols on a line, starting from the outer position. You can venture into deep space on desktop or mobile from 0.12 to 9.96 credits per spin. The game has high volatility (4/5) with an RTP of 96.26% and a hit rate of 1:3.77 spins. Using the Buy Bonus feature increases the RTP to 97.30%.
The background visuals are recognizable from ReelPlay’s Hypernova Megaways slot, although the similarities between the two creations clearly end there. Just as a short reminder, a Hypernova is the larger sibling of a Supernova, a stellar explosion that produces immensely bright luminosity which is then fading away over a few weeks or months. Not fading away is the circular game grid that dominates the view with a variety of gems shifting around the three rings. A suspenseful orchestra piece with periodic crescendos provides again the fitting audio to the deep space theme.
The pay symbols are a range of gems in different shapes and colours – grey, blue, violet, purple, turquoise, green, orange, yellow, red hearts and diamonds. Pays for a single six of a kind range from 8.33x to 41.66x your stake. An atom-like icon marked with the word itself is the wild symbol, substituting for all regular pay symbols, while a hypernova acts as the scatter.
Hypernova Radial Reels Slot Features
ReelPlay sure seems to be on an ambitious innovation journey. First, they took up a licence for the Megaways game engine from Big Time Gaming and released Hypernova Megaways. They followed that up with their proprietary reel mechanic called Infinity Reels and as a culmination combined the two in their Odin Infinity Reels feat. Megaways slot. Never one to rest on their laurels, they dived straight into their next challenge on Hypernova Radial Reels, which is a completely different concept but feels somehow related to the Megaways mechanic due to the cascading symbols and reactive wins.
Core to the gameplay is the Radial Reels mechanic consisting of a disc-shaped grid with three rings and 12 pay lines. The outer and inner rings spin clockwise while the middle ring does it anti-clockwise. Each ring is divided into 12 segments and lining up three to six symbols starting from the outer ring results in a winning combination.
At the start of a spin sequence, symbols appear first on the inner ring, followed by the middle and lastly the outer. All symbols from a winning combo will vaporize before the rings shift in their respective direction until there are no more gaps between them and new symbols cascade into the empty spaces (Megaways-style). The process is repeated until no new winning combinations occur after a cascade. All wins are accumulated and paid before the next spin starts.
Hitting three to six scatters on a line will trigger 4 Free Spins as well as awarding a coin win from 2x to 50x your total stake. Multiple triggers are possible if minimum three scatters appear on more than one pay line. Each round is then played consecutively.
The feature starts off with an x1 wild multiplier and any scatter landing will increase it progressively as well as reset the free spin counter to 4. A ladder to the left of the game window (desktop version) displays 12 steps and indicates the multiplier progress as well as the remaining number of free spins. All wins containing wilds will benefit from the multiplier. Scatters are removed from the reels once it reaches the maximum of x300 and the remaining free spins are played out with no further retriggers.
For the impatient among us players who cannot wait for an organic trigger, there is a convenient Buy Bonus button. It will cost you 66.66x your default bet and start a spin that is guaranteed to land at least three scatters to trigger a bonus round. Beware though, the feature can be volatile at times and using the Buy Bonus option repeatedly could deplete your balance rapidly.
Well, this announcement came as a surprise as ReelPlay managed to keep the details of their latest mechanic close to their chest up to a week before the official release. A few game studios tried their luck with circular grids in the past and none seems to have had a significant impact with players. Question will be whether it will be different this time.
Hypernova Radial Reels certainly does have plenty of reasons to play for considering the maximum win potential of 25,000 times your bet. I tested it for hours to see whether I could warm up to the concept and quite liked it if I am honest. Seeing the multiplier climb to the maximum is, although it does not happen often, a suspenseful moment time and again, simply because any win with a wild will instantly turn into a big win.