Cosmic Quest Mystery Planets from Rival Gaming
Mystery Planets is a sequel to the hugely popular Cosmic Quest: Mission Control – both are part of the iSlots range from Rival Gaming. These games combine progressive bonus rounds with an element of skill, making them both engaging and entertaining compared to regular online slots.
Like the original, this game has a sci-fi theme and a cartoon-like overall look. If anything this is the more attractive of the pair – with a vivid nebula scene behind the reels.
How to win on Cosmic Quest 2
One change from the first slot in this series is that the wilds (this time a yellow rocket ship) expand to cover entire reels during regular play as well as during the bonus rounds. You’ll sometimes get more than one wild reel, which can really boost your wins. The yellow rocket is also the highest paying symbol, worth 5000 coins for 5 on a line. Since it always expands, hitting 5 would mean that all 20 win lines pay this amount at once. You’ll get 1000 coins for 4 on a line (again, this can only happen with 20 lines at once due to the expanding), 3 for 100 and 2 for 10 coins. Regular wins are multiplied by the number of expanding wilds you have on the screen too.
Next on the pay table are 5 colorful planets. The best paying one is red, and worth 500 coins for 5, with the turquoise one at 400, brown one at 350, ringed one at 300 and green at 150 coins for 5. Robots and what looks like a high tech radio make up the smaller wins.
There are two special symbols on the reels. Both of these trigger the different bonus games. These are the Jackpot Jetpack (free spins) and Scatterstonaut (for the bonus round).
Bonus Games on Cosmic Quest: Mystery Planets
Your total number of free spins will depend on the number of jetpacks you hit anywhere on the reels to trigger them. 3 jetpacks get you 10 spins, 4 get you 25 and 5 gets you a generous 50 spins. There is a nice difference between this slot and the original Cosmic Quest title with this bonus – in that all wins are doubled.
The bonus game is triggered by the astronaut. Like in the first game, this is progressive, though this time you have to navigate your space ship through lunar tunnels, rather than shoot down asteroids. You do this using the arrow keys on your computer with forward and back plus up and own all possible. This is progressive, with the first time through being relatively easy, then getting tougher as you move through the levels. You land on a landing pad at the end, where you are awarded coins.
If you do not feel like the skill based challenge of navigating through those tunnels, you can take a random prize before the bonus begins instead.
For me this is not as much fun as the blasting asteroids game in the original slot, though is still entertaining enough to be worth a look.
How Cosmic Quest 2 Works
There are many similarities with the original game in terms of the game setup and overall look. This version also has the 20 win-line configuration – and also allow you to be flexible as far as coin sizes, the number of coins and the overall number of lines played is concerned.
For me the design takes a step up with Mystery Planets. Everything from the background nebula to the symbols themselves is just that little bit better. There are still animations (for example something coming out of the craters on one of the green planets!), and the movie type soundtrack is still in place. The graphics on the bonus game look great, and remind me of an old style arcade game called ‘Scramble’ from the 1980s.
If you enjoyed the first game in this series, then Cosmic Quest: Mystery Planets will probably already be on your shortlist of games to play. The sequel is certainly not a let-down. I thought the expanding wild rocket moving from free spins round only to the main game was an excellent idea. Having a multiplier for the free spins more than makes up for this too. The bonus game is entertaining, though does not have the immediacy of blasting asteroids.
If you enjoy sci-fi slots, then this is a must-play – check it out for yourself soon!