Published: 12/03/2013

Software developer Electracade have made a speciality out of turning popular television series into fascinating online slot games. Certainly the game called “Stargate” is no exception. The 5-reel, 20-payline game is based upon the long-running YV science fictions series called “Stargate SG-1,” which was a Canadian-U.S. joint project that ran for ten consecutive seasons in Showtime and the Sci-Fi Channel between 1997 and 2007.

Central to the plot of the series is the discovery of an ancient alien device called the “Stargate,” which is like a doorway that can be used to travel through a network of similar devices on a variety of planets. Led by SG-1, an elite Air Force Special Forces squad, teams from Earth use the Stargate to explore the galaxy and defend against alien threats. The storylines draw upon Egyptian and Norse mythology as well as Arthurian legends.

In the slot version of Stargate, there is a similar opportunity to travel through space to distant worlds in the Stargate Free Spins Bonus Round. The accompanying music and graphics are true to the original programme, and players can easily become absorbed in the adventure of traveling the galaxy in search of bonus multipliers and cash rewards, as opposed to hostile aliens.

The basic reel symbols on Stargate are stylized versions of the standard cards—Jacks through Aces. They offer pay line multipliers from 2X to 40X whenever three or more matches appear on an active payline from left to right. Greater rewards are paid for catching three or more symbols for SG-1 Troopers, Alien Artifacts, Eye of Ra, Pyramids and such, from 25X up to 750X. The SGC Logo is the wild symbol on the reels, substituting for any symbol except Bonus triggers.

There are also two very special additional wild symbols on the reels. The Transporter Rings on reels 2 and 4 also substitute for all symbols except Bonus triggers. However, when either one or both of them are part of a winning combination, they convert all positions on their respective reels into wilds. Also, the Mother Ship Wild that appears only on reels 2 and 3 activates bonus multipliers when it is part of a win, anywhere from 2X to 5X.

Bonus Scatter icons appear on all reels. Catching 3, 4 or 5 of them in any positions will trigger 10, 15 or 20 free spins, respectively, with all payouts worth double. As the Stargate Free Spins Bonus begins, the gateway surrounding the reels will open and take the player through a wormhole to another planet for the free spins. The Bonus can be retriggered and more free spins collected. Each retriggering increased the payout multiplier by 1X up to a maximum of 5X.

To begin the slot game, the player must select an amount to wager per line. This can be accomplished by using the up/down arrows next to the “Bet/Line” indicator at the lower left corner of the display. Available values run from a minimum of €0.05 to an upper limit of €2.00. Similarly, the number of lines to be played can be set by using the up/down arrows next to the “Lines” indicator beneath the first reel. Alternatively, clicking on the line number identifiers that flank the first and fifth reels will also set the number of lines to be played.

There is no “Bet Max” button on Stargate, but wagering the full €2 per line on all 20 lines yields a maximum stake of €40. Whatever amount is wagered will show in the “Stake” window below the second reel. There is a “Total Paid” window under reel four. Indicators for Stake and Paid also appear beneath the “Balance” counter at the top right of the screen.

Auto Spin can be activated by clicking on the corresponding button below the fifth reel. There are options for 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 spins. The same button can be used to stop the Auto Spin function as it counts down the number of automated spins remaining to be played.

Published on: 12/03/2013

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