Star Trek: Red Alert Slot
Star Trek first hit the TV screens in 1966 and surprisingly only ran for three seasons until NBC decided to take it off the air due to low ratings. The re-runs of the show would have a cult following however, which led to a number of spin-offs including feature films, animated series and new series such as ‘The Next Generation’. This WMS designed slot is based around the original series and features many of the characters on the reels, including of course Captain Kirk, Spock and McCoy. This slot features a free spins round where you’ll find a new set of reels as well as a number of features that are randomly allocated.
If you’re familiar with the series, you’ll recognize the backdrop to the reels, where the Starship Enterprise leaves the stars in its wake. The reels are set upon the screen of the Enterprise and as well as showing the popular characters you’ll also find a number of props including the Ray Gun, a communications handset and the Star Trek insignia. All the time while playing you are accompanied by various sounds from the series including the theme itself – this having a highly satisfying vintage feel which will evoke great memories from the original series
Playing the Star Trek: Red Alert Slot
Strip away the 1960’s TV series theme and you have something of a standard five reel slot. This game has 25 win lines and you’ll not have the option to play fewer. These 25 lines come at the cost of 35 credits as the features cost an additional 10 credits. The total stake for each spin is therefore 35x your chosen coin value. If you are playing for real money, then this would be 0.35 per spin at the lowest possible coin setting.
Fortunately you can win at this slot without boldly going where no man has gone before, as its simply a case of landing three or more consecutive symbols from left to right on a win line. The Star Trek insignia is the highest paying of the symbols, worth 1,500 coins for five in a row. Kirk, Spock and McCoy pay 1,000, 500 and 400 coins respectively, while the rest of the symbols are worth between 250 and 100 coins for a full house of 5. Trekkies will be happy to see the Starship Enterprise on the reels as the wild and this will substitute for any other symbol apart from the scatter.
One of the standout features of the game are the randomly awarded bonuses that can come your way after some winning spins. These include the ‘Enterprise Fly By’ where the winning symbols will turn into wilds, feature or character symbols, ‘Scotty’s Wild Reel’ where he will turn up to 2 complete reels wild and the ‘Spock Multiplier’ where your current win will be awarded a multiplier of between 3x and 10x.
At some slots this might be as good as it gets, but the best is yet to come. The scatter symbol activates the feature when appearing three times or more across the reels – this might be obvious though as the scatter symbol has the word ‘Feature!’ emblazoned across it. The feature is a free spins round, although you won’t receive a set number of spins – instead you’ll have shield points. You’ll start with 5, but every non-winning spin decreases your shield by 1. Fortunately you’ll also find a 100% shields symbol in this round which can replenish your shields back to 5, making this feature potentially endless.
Every time you achieve a win during the free spins round you’ll find a graphic appear above the reels where the Starship Enterprise will shoot at a number of enemy craft, each one being represented with a different multiplier, these ranging from 2x to 15x and are applied directly to the win amounts.
Even now the round may not be over as you’ll head to the communication screen and choose channel A or B. Here you can either gain a spin until you win, have your shields replenished or come to the end of the round.
Did I also mention the medals? During play you’ll earn these and if you gain enough you’ll unlock extra episodes, while your current rank is displayed on the top right hand corner of the screen.
My guess is that the makers of the original Star Trek series would be mightily impressed if they were told that a slot machine based on the series would appear almost 50 years later. They would be even more impressed if they played it! This is an all action game where the features just keep coming. The randomly awarded features are excellent in themselves, but the ‘Red Alert’ feature takes the game to another level. This is a must play, whether a fan of the series or not.
About Star Trek : The Franchise
Star Trek followed the adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the rest of the crew of the Starship Enterprise as they explored the universe in the 23rd century. Although set way into the future, the series would actually address many of the social issues of the time, creator Gene Roddenberry stating “[By creating] a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, religion, Vietnam, politics, and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on Star Trek: we were sending messages and fortunately they all got by the network”.
After the cancellation of the original series, Paramount would buy the rights to the series and it was shown worldwide and a cult following ensued. This led to the formation of the first Star Trek Convention which is more popular today than they ever were.
No more episodes of the original series were ever made, but six feature films were produced featuring the original cast. Four spin off television series have also been produced (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise) and in 2009 ‘Star Trek’ the movie was released, a reboot of the story.