BattleStar Galactica Slots
BattleStar Galactica first appeared as a TV series in 1978 and although popular was somewhat short lived, lasting for just 24 episodes. However, 26 years after the original series, it would return and the humans would renew their battles with the Cylons. This MicroGaming designed slot is based upon the 2004-2009 re-make of the series and features eight of the characters on the reels, including Starbuck, Apollo, Baltar and Number Six. The game is distinctive in the fact that you’ll find different modes within the base game, while you’ll also find stacked wilds and a free spins feature round.
As you might expect, the slot has a high tech space age look, with the background of the game showing a series of modern sleek looking controls while battles in space featuring a large number of explosions take place in the distance. The character symbols on the reels are all photographic ones and when gaining a win you’ll see a video clip featuring that character. The background colour in the base game is an eye catching red, but this will change as you move from mode to mode. All the time while playing the familiar theme of the TV series plays, adding a nice level of atmosphere and tension to the game.
Playing BattleStar Galactica
This game has five reels and offers the player 243 ways to win. This means that you’ll win when landing 3 or more symbols on adjacent reels from left to right irrespective of the position on the reels – meaning wins are much easier to obtain than when playing the more usual win lines.
The eight characters at the slot pay the highest win amounts and are joined by the lower paying playing card symbols. Starbuck and Apollo are the joint highest paying of all, giving you a win of 400 coins when landing 5 in a row, while Baltar and Number Six come next, both worth 300.
During the base game you can encounter three modes, with the run and fight modes joining the normal gameplay. The different modes are activated randomly, although the fight mode will only take place while you’re in run mode. When in run mode, wins are paid from both left to right and from right to left, enabling many more pay-outs, while an added spacecraft dashboard symbol appears on reel 3 and will turn a number of symbols into a mystery one. When in fight mode, symbols can be turned wild randomly and can even split into two to create additional wins.
As well as the additional wilds in fight mode, you’ll find a standard wild throughout the game, this being the BattleStar Galactica emblem. This is stacked on reel one during normal mode and will substitute for any other symbol apart from the scatter. You’ll also gain a win of 600 coins if this symbol appears on all 5 reels.
As you continue to play the game you will be awarded a series of different ranks and as they increase you will unlock a greater amount of video content. You’ll increase through the ranks more quickly the higher the stakes you play for.
The final symbol on the reels is the Viper which is used for enemy attacks. This is the scatter symbol and will award an immediate cash prize when appearing three or more times across any of the reels. More importantly perhaps, you’ll also enter the free spins feature round. This round sees you given 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier, making for a very generous feature. The only downside is the fact that this round cannot be retriggered. (During fight mode you’ll receive just 5 free spins with no multiplier, but these can be retriggered).
It can be a tough job for a gaming company to produce a slot based upon a popular TV series, but MicroGaming has certainly done a good job here. Like the series, the slot is action packed from the start, with a much more involved base game than you’ll usually find at a slot. With stacked wilds and a particularly profitable free spins round, this action keeps coming. Alongside the excellent sound and visuals at the game, this all makes for a must play slot.
About BattleStar Galactica
BattleStar Galactica has been described as a post-apocalyptic military science fiction series which portrays the battle between the humans of the Twelve Colonies and the Cylons. The series begins with an attack on the colonies, devastating them and killing billions of people – only 50,000 humans surviving, most of them aboard civilian ships. From the Colonial Fleet, only one ship remains, the BattleStar Galactica and this ship and the crew head into space in search of a fabled planet known as the Earth.
The first episode aired in the US on January 14th 2005 and became one of the highest rated shows ever on the Sci-fi channel with over 3 million viewers. The first season would become so successful that the Sci-fi channel immediately ordered a 20 part second series. The series would ultimately last for four season and feature 75 episodes.
BattleStar Galactica would receive much critical acclaim. Newsday wrote ‘You can look at this saga any way you want—as political drama, religious debate, psychological suspense, sci-fi adventure, deep metaphor or just plain fun—and it’s scintillating from every angle.’ The series would be the recipient of many awards, including four Emmys. It would also be listed at number 12 in AOL’s ‘Best TV Dramas Ever’ list in 2009.