Top Star Wars & Other Sci-fi-Themed Slots
From Hot Wheels to videogames and the expanded universe novels that kept the fanbase going through the 1990s, Star Wars has never been afraid of expanding beyond the movie world. If you’re also into casino betting and looking to find out more about the situation regarding Star Wars-themed slots, you’ve come to the right place.
Where Are They?
Until a few years ago there were Star Wars-themed slots to enjoy online, but now you will have a very hard time finding them. Why is this? Well, it’s because Lucasfilm and all its associated properties (most famously Star Wars) are now owned by Disney, and Disney is not keen on having Star Wars slots playable at online casinos. These were not axed overnight, but no new deals were signed and existing deals were not renewed when the contract period lapsed. This is a shame for sci-fi fans as many of the most iconic characters and ships in the whole genre come from Star Wars (such as Darth Vader, the Millennium Falcon, and everybody’s favourite ruler of the galaxy Emperor Palpatine). However, there are plenty of other sci-fi slots out there, and we’ve picked out some of the very best for your consideration.
Arrival by Betsoft
Those seeking to combine the worlds of sci-fi and slots may well want to give Betsoft’s Arrival a look. There’s a pretty standard 5-reel, 3 row, and 30 payline arrangement, which is spiced up with an appealing 3D cinematic approach. The game even appears to be controlled by an alien – that alien is named Brian, and will laugh with delight when wins arrive, but gets rather grumpier if you take too long between spins.
Stakes vary from $0.02 to $75, so whether you’re a poor moisture farmer or own a city in the clouds like Lando Calrissian, the stake range should suit you. Unusually, there are no standard wilds but there are three different types of scatter. Get a trio of Brians on the reels and free spins are yours to enjoy, with a UFO beaming up one of the alien icons and turning the reel wild. In addition, there’s an Abduction bonus round which involves trying to rescue a damsel in distress from would-be kidnapper Brian, with a tasty cash prize if you save her.
Of course, the safest way to play any online slot is by taking advantage of no deposit free spins/cash that offer the chance to win real money prizes without having to risk a single penny. However, these bonuses can come with very tricky terms and conditions but reading a handy guide by Nodepositwow.com can help you avoid your winnings being forfeited by tripping over various terms, such as the time limit, making bets that are not acceptable, and so on.
Star Trek by IGT
Yep, it’s the sacrilege of recommending a Star Trek slot on a Star Wars site (although there’s a healthy overlap of fanbases, of course). This game was made by IGT, and is based on the 2009 reboot of The Original Series. With 5 reels and 30 paylines it takes the orthodox approach to the reels setup and there’s a huge stake range, from as low as 30p all the way to £300 a spin. Bonuses become active when you get three bonus symbols (Warp Drives) on the reels, and there are four different varieties.
Captain Kirk rewards players with between 3 and 6 free spins, during which every win will be tripled. The theoretical total possible number of free spins is 250, because the number only ticks down when you have a winless spin. Spock’s bonus is both better and worse than Kirk’s; better with more free spins (10 to 15) and worse because the winnings are only doubled. Plus, there are more Spock wilds on every reel except the first.
Uhura’s bonus round features 6 to 12 free spins, alongside more Uhura scatters, up to a maximum of 8 wilds and Uhura scatters for substantial payouts. Scotty is the last bonus round and comes with 10 to 15 free spins, with multipliers of 2x to 5x for the first half, and the latter half of the free spins has an even better multiplier range of 4x to 10x. As with the Kirk bonus, all the rest can offer a maximum of 250 spins if things go perfectly.
Ghostbusters by IGT
Next on our little least we head into the ghostly and entertaining world of Ghosbusters, which is based on the original film that spawned the franchise. Once again this game, which was created by IGT, comes with 5 reels and 30 paylines and a good number of little extras. The base game can see any one of four mystery features be randomly activated, each offering its own benefits for the player.
Cash Reward does exactly what you might expect, rewarding the player with 50x to 1,000x their coin value, and the Multiplier feature increases winnings by 2x to 5x. Better yet, the Extra Wilds turns between 1 and 4 symbols into wilds, dramatically increasing the chances of a winning combination. Wild Reels turns between 1 and 3 reels into a slimed status, making them wild and having great potential for hefty payouts.
On top of those there’s also the Ballroom Busters feature which comes into play whenever there’s two bonus symbols on the second and third reels plus Slimer on the fourth. Players have five proton shots to try and hit half a dozen hidden ghosts, with every hit coming with a cash prize (and the chance of a multiplier up to 5x). Marshmallow fans will love the Stay Puft bonus, (activated with the Stay Puft symbol on the fourth reel and two bonus symbols on the second and third). Stay Puft delivers 8 free spins and, uniquely, increases the number of paylines to 40. Marshmallows can also become locked in place as wilds.
Terminator 2 by Microgaming
Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine are two of the greatest villains in the sci-fi pantheon, but the T-1000 is also an iconic cinematic bad guy who helped make Terminator 2 a great sequel. This slot, by Microgaming, has the developer’s popular 243 ways to win mechanic that makes payouts much likelier for players. The slot has a 5×3 reels arrangement, and the ways to win can even hit 1,024 if the feature round is activated. With an RTP (return to player) of 96.62%, there’s a better chance of finishing ahead than with most slots and a medium degree of volatility.
Fans of the film will be immersed by the commitment to detail by Microgaming, and there are even clips from the movie. Main characters from the film plus playing card symbols festoon the reels, with the T2 logo acting as the wild and substituting for any standard symbol. A particularly cool bonus round is the T-800 Vision, with the screen turning a red tint and the Terminator scanning the reels for targets (the Connors and Terminator icons). And if there’s an Orb scatter than the player gets some free spins thrown in for good measure.
During a base game at least three Orbs are needed to trigger free spins, which come with 1,024 ways to win. And should the T-1000 appear he can change shape into other high-value character symbols to improve the chances of winning even more.
While Disney isn’t a fan of slots there are still plenty of sci-fi games for Star Wars fans to enjoy. And maybe, in the future, Star Wars slots will make a comeback.