I’m going to do my best to avoid the obvious clichés in my review and there are plenty to choose from with a big name franchise such as Star Trek. This IGT slot is based on the recent film by JJ Abrams, which is not a bad action film even if you’re not a hard core Trekkie.
The game features key characters from the film: Kirk, Spock, Scotty and Uhura, with Captain Kirk being the highest paying symbol. As for the game mechanics, there are 5 reels and 30 paylines, and the Star Trek logo acts as a wild symbol. There are 4 different bonus features, one for each of the characters mentioned earlier.
- Kirk’s Bonus: In this bonus you’ll get 3 to 6 ‘win spins’ which mean that you get as many free spins as it takes for a win to appear. Each of these has a 3x multiplier attached. The symbols also change slightly, plus you get an additional wild, however this only substitutes for either a Kirk or Spock symbol. 3 Enterprise symbols award a scatter pay of extra ‘win spins’ equal to the number you got at the start of the feature plus has a payout of 3x the total bet.
- Spock’s Bonus: Here you are awarded 10 to 15 free spins. However, Kirk’s symbol is now worth double and Spock also acts as a wild. 3 Enterprises again act as a scatter, paying 3 times the total bet plus awarding additional free spins matching those originally received.
- Uhura’s Bonus: 6 to 12 free spins, but Uhura now acts as a scatter symbol and you can get up to 8 of these! 3 Enterprise symbols act in the same way as for Spock’s bonus.
- Scotty’s Bonus: 10 free spins, with a 2x – 5x multiplier that doubles from the 5th spin onwards. Again, 3 Enterprise symbols work in the same way as for Spock’s and Uhura’s bonuses.
The long term expected return to player (according to the Virgin Casino site) of 94.99% which is not bad, but there are slots out there that are a good couple percentage points higher than this, so you’re probably better off playing those in the long run.
Star Trek is slightly annoying in that you can’t freely select the number of lines that you want to play, the available options being restricted to: 1, 3, 5, 9, 15 and 30 whilst the line bets vary from 1 up to 300.
Obviously just me playing it won’t necessarily give a full view of the game, as you can’t judge necessarily from one person’s experience, however I found that wins were quite few and far between, but when the payouts came, they were quite big, and given the relatively quiet intervals, was genuinely exciting to see so many paylines activate when 3 wilds decided to show up at once! (Also the Trekkies are going to love it as the theme tune kicks in on the big wins). The bonus rounds take ages to trigger – didn’t hit one in my play, so I had to leave it on auto-spins for a long time on freeplay before I hit one.
In summary, this can be a frustrating slot to play, and certainly didn’t feel like I was winning most of the time. Even on freeplay, this slot managed to get through quite a lot of credits, though some of the bonus rounds can net you quite a lot – particularly the ‘win spins’ in Kirk’s bonus feature. That said, it is very well executed, and the graphics are excellent (with film clips being triggered by certain wins and on the feature launches), however, the theme will not appeal to everyone.