StarDust Explodes at Australian Gambling Sites
December 15, 2015
Four new online pokies went live at Australian Microgaming casinos this month. Happy Holidays is popular because of its Christmas theme. But equally popular with Australian online casino players is StarDust. This high variance online pokie has some innovative features. And it is visually so constructed as to be enjoyable on smartphones. StarDust can be played at online casinos such as Casino Mate, 7 Sultans and All Slots.
In the base game StarDust is a 40 paylines video pokie with four rows of symbols across the reels. The StarDust logo is the wild symbol and appears stacked on all the reels. It also awards line payouts. The other high paying symbols are four bright gems of different shapes and colours. The low paying symbols are the usual Microgaming playing card icons. It is this simplicity and yet vividness of the symbols that makes StarDust attractive for mobile gaming.
The highest line payout is awarded by the galaxy symbol. There is no scatter symbol in StarDust online pokie and it is the galaxy symbol that is instrumental in triggering the free spins feature in a most innovative fashion. A StarDust meter is displayed alongside the reels, which has ten divisions. Whenever the galaxy symbol appears on reel 3, the trigger goes into effect. The galaxy can pick up to one gem from each of the other reels, crush them into stardust and pack them in the meter. Each gem will fill one division. When the meter is full then the free spins will trigger. You will be awarded between 10 and 13 free spins. The free spins can take a while to be activated, but the payout is cosmic because of the special features involved.
First of all the free spins are played on 1024 ways to win. That means more frequent payouts because like symbols can now appear on any spots in adjacent reels. The wild symbols become super stacked, which means stacks of wilds appear more often and this also adds to the frequency of payouts. But most advantageous is the Instant Respin feature. If there is a 3 symbols winning combination then reels 4 and 5 will respin once in order to boost the chance of getting a longer winning combination and a larger payout. Similarly, If there is a 4 symbols winning combination then reel 5 will respin once in order to give you a chance of getting a five of a kind payout.