The Extra Stars is a video slots game powered and developed by Euro Games Technology. It
is a fruit-based slot machine with three reel positions and five reels. The game pays on
10 fixed lines from both left to right and right to left on adjacent reels and selected
lines. It is a medium Volatility slot with three different features – re-spins,
expanding wild and just reel game.
The wild symbol is a star which appears on the second, third and forth reels and substitutes for winning symbols in the event that they land in their place. Once a Star Symbol is hit by the player it expands on the entire row acting as a wild and paying any subsequent payouts. The star then holds the entire reel and triggers a free respin of the other reels with the initial bet.
In the event of another star appearing on the other reels the free respin is triggered once again with the second star holding the respective reel. The top award is five 7s with a 1000 times the bet per line payout. The player can gamble any wins less than 350 by choosing the gamble button and selecting red or black. At the event of a right choice the amount is doubled.
If the red/black choice is wrong the entire amount is lost and the game is finished. There is a four-level progressive jackpot illustrated by a card suit. Any of these jackpots can be won with a Jackpot Cards progressive bonus which is triggered after a single game. The game is then finished and all winnings collected with a new screen opening.
The player selects cards from a field with 12 initially face-down cards until revealing 3 matching suits. The three matching suit cards opened will award the respective suit jackpot. The amount awarded is the number on the right side of each suit symbol at the time that the last card from the 12 card field is open. According to the developers the player has a reasonable chance to win any of the suit jackpots with any of the qualified bets.
The game is entertaining and engaging and you will quickly like it especially if you are
a fruit-based video slot lover. The fact that the slot pays both left and right will
lead you to some surprise winnings - the ones from the right side.
This is something uncommon for most five reel games which may take you a while to get used to but of course will only contribute to your positive experience. It is quite fun and thrilling to open the star on the second, third or forth reel and watch it take on the entire reel. The drawback is that even when the star reel expands on the entire row winnings are not guaranteed as the other symbols may not match in a winning way.
So don’t expect huge payouts with each open star. What will be the best scenario with a star being open is a second star or even two stars opening during the respin. You will have another free spin and with two wild reels winnings should be quite likely.
When testing the game I got predominantly small winnings of 2 to 5 times my bet which generally occur often enough to keep you in the game and prolong the gaming experience. Of course any star opened leads to anticipation and is a quite a thrilling experience.
What I did not like about this bonus is that once it is open the free spin is automatic rather than manual and is quite hasty and hurried. I would prefer the free spin to be manual which will enable the player to take a breath, enjoy the moment and hope for the best.