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In a not so distant future, mankind will suck the mines dry of valuable gemstones, and they will be forced to travel to outer space in order to discover new precious minerals. Fortunately for all of us, Big Time Gaming is thinking upfront and it has sent a Female Astronaut to explore the final frontier and look for riches. It seems that new resources have been found close to the Sun, so put your spacesuits on and join the Astronaut in Starquest, a six-reel video slot that works on the Megaways game engine, offering up to 117,649 ways to win. With full–reel Wilds that come with win multipliers and a Respin Wild feature, you are in for a real treat.
The visuals in the 2016 release are not as polished as we would have liked, but either way punters will have the impression they are standing a couple steps away from the Sun, or some other star, but do not be frightened, you will not get burned. As you spin the reels, you will enjoy the presence of beautiful shooting stars coming your way, so we can also recommend the Autoplay option, where you can activate up to 100 automatic spins and sit back and enjoy the scenery. Three types of precious Gemstones appear as high-paying symbols, as well as the Logo, which pays the most, while playing cards represent low-value icons. The Astronaut is the Wild that substitutes for all other symbols.
If you had the pleasure of playing other Big Time Gaming titles that work on the Megaways game engine, you will have no trouble at all understanding how everything functions around here. Starquest features six reels and benefits from up to 117,649 ways to win. Up to 7 symbols can appear on a single reel. The only difference is that the 2016 release pays both ways, so you can land winning combinations on successive reels, starting from the leftmost or the rightmost reel.
Betting is fixed at 20 coins per spin, but the coin value can be altered, so you can wager as low as $0.20 and as high as $20 per single spin. The betting range is not that wide, but it is wide enough to draw the attention of both penny punters and high rollers. Land at least three matching symbols on successive reels, starting from the leftmost or the rightmost reel, and you will start winning payouts. The Logo is the only symbol that pays even for two of a kind.
We are not sure about the maximum possible payout, but if our sources are correct, punters can land around 120,000 coins in a single spin, which means that you can collect as much as $120,000 all at once, which is not that bad. The Logo will get you only 15 coins for six of a kind, which is not that much, but do remember that Wilds come with win multipliers up to 5x and that, if you combine more Wilds in a single win, the multipliers will multiply each other. Starquest’s RTP is 96.22%
The Starquest Wild reminded us a bit of the Queen of Riches Wild, because it can land on reels 2-6 and covers the entire reel. In this case, the Wild will count as much as 5 symbols on the reel and the Astronaut Wild will carry a win multiplier of up to 5x, unlike in Queen of Riches, where the win multiplier goes up to 7x. Even so, all Wilds will combine their multipliers for bigger wins.
Once the Astronaut Wild appears on the reels, it will get locked on its position and the Astronaut will shoot her gun, increasing the win multiplier by 1x. Other reels will perform a respin. If another Wild appears, the same thing happens, the Wild reels are fixed, other reels perform a respin and the multiplier increases, up to the maximum of 5x. Up to 5 respins can be won and, if you are lucky enough to land five Wild reels, the winnings will go through the roof.
Taking everything under consideration, Starquest is pretty similar to the Queen of Riches video slot, only in Queen of Riches there is no Respin Wilds feature, only Reel Clone. We are sad that there are no free spins on the offer, but respins can also be quite exciting, especially if you manage to land up to 5 full-reel Wilds and combine all the win multipliers on the offer. This space adventure is not as exciting as we have hoped, but it can attract a number of astronauts among gamers who would like to look for precious gemstones located in outer space.