Sci-fi movie buffs were over the moon when slots themed on the Star Wars trilogy were launched at land-based and online casinos. This was the opportunity for them to travel the universe with their heroes and fight evil as they spun the reels.
So imagine their surprise when the announcement came that all the Star Wars slots would go off the radar in 2017! The disappointment and shock were immense, fueled further by rumors swirling about the reasons for the removal. The actual reason came to be known a while later – the removal was directly linked to Disney’s acquisition of the franchise.
As a science-fiction slots fan, you may be wondering what is possibly available after the huge disappointment of seeing the Star Wars slots franchise walk away. Don’t stress, because there are quite a few fantastic sci-fi slots for you to try out. We list some of the best of these games here.
This Microgaming slot, with 5 reels 243 ways to win, is themed on the hit series of the same name, Battlestar Galactica. There are 2 game modes – Run Mode and Fight Mode – in Battlestar Galactica and each mode has its own unique characteristics.
Run mode: Land the FLT symbol on the center reel to watch the Royal symbols work their magic to give you rich rewards.
Fight mode: Random symbols turn wild if you are able to land the Cyclone and Colonial symbols.
Features include wild and scatter-driven wins, free spins and more. The Ranking Achievement feature helps you unlock new features as you play – you start as a Civilian and can work your way to Admiral. Other exciting features include the Ion Storm Wild feature that offers you 15 free spins.
Embark on an intergalactic trek aboard the spaceship Enterprise when you play Star Trek: The Next Generation slot from the Skywind Group. The game is themed on the popular Star Trek TV series and has 5 reels and 50 paylines.
Exciting features include the Enterprise Respin feature, which is activated when the Enterprise engages with enemy spaceships. You win 5 respins with multipliers when this happens.
Land 3 or more Federation symbols on reels 2, 3 and 4 to trigger the Transport Free Games feature and win 15 free spins. Crew members land on the reels as the spins progress; once they beam back to the Enterprise they leave wilds in their wake on the reels to give you a chance at a big payout.
Ticket to the Stars is a fantastic slot from Quickspin that comes with exciting graphics and animations and some cool features. The game has 5 reels and gives you 243 ways to win. Symbols include a pretty ‘air hostess’, the captain of the spaceship, a robot that doubles up as a waiter and others.
The game has some fascinating features including the Swooping Reels, which triggers after every winning spin. Another feature is a free spins bonus that gives you up to 25 free spins. It comes with a Multiplier Meter, which ensures you win an additional multiplier after every 3rd win and this in turn rewards you with 2 additional spins.
If you are looking for a brilliant space-themed slot that looks and plays different from the regular fare, check out Space Traders from Revolver Gaming. This 9-reel slot has brilliant graphics and animations, and some exciting features take game play to a whole new level.
Any one of the symbols except the bonus symbol appears as a special symbol during a spin and landing a minimum of 3 such symbols locks them on the reels while the other positions spin. Landing 3 Space Traders logo symbols increases your winnings as well.
The bonus round is the Space Junk Bonus feature and it is triggered when you land at least 3 Space Junk Bonus symbols. A new screen appears and the owner of the junk shop, Queen Bea, places 5 objects before you. Your task is to pick 3 of them and you get rewarded the total value of the 3 items. You get 3 options to change your pick.
Mars Attacks is an exciting slot that is based on the hit sci-fi comedy of the same name of 1996. The game has all the Hollywood biggies from the cast on its reels – Jack Nicholson as the President of the USA, Danny DeVito and also Pierce Brosnan, who later went on to be the 007 man – James Bond.
The slot has been released thanks to a licensing arrangement between Warner Brothers and Blueprint Gaming. It has 5 reels and 25 paylines, with the symbols arranged across the reels in 3 rows. There is a wild symbol that substitutes all other symbols to give you cool wins. The bonus round is a free spins game that rewards you with anywhere from 9 to 24 free spins.
Galacnica is a slot from Spinmatic that is themed on galactic travel and aliens. Loaded with 5 reels and 10 paylines, this slot has exciting graphics of very cute-looking aliens and is set on the surface of what looks like the moon.
This game gives you wins both ways. There are some exciting features, starting with an Expanding Sticky Wild that appears on reels 2, 3 and 4. It expands over the reels and rewards you with a maximum of 3 respins. That is the only bonus feature in the game and the absence of more bonus rounds may be a deterrent for many players. The game itself is, however, fun to play and offers rich rewards. The game also has the Gamble feature, which is a part of every Blueprint Gaming slot.
Max Damage was saving the world from an alien invasion the last time we saw him. Once more, our superhero is saving the day in this Microgaming developed space-themed slot, which comes complete with stacked wilds, free spins, and the 243 ways to win payline structure. Lock and load to get ready for another round of this epic space slot.
Quickfire by Microgaming has a whole bunch of exciting titles and one slot that stands out is the space-themed Cosmic Invaders. The game has 5 reels and 30 adjustable paylines; the symbols are arranged in 3 rows across the reels.
There are exciting space-themed symbols, including a grinning alien and a UFO in the game. Most importantly, this game has 3 fantastic bonus rounds.
Wild Invaders feature: This causes any spaceship hanging out above the reels to drop stacked wild symbols down on reels 2, 3 and 4 to give you big wins.
Alien Picking bonus: It is triggered when you land 3 UFO symbols on reels 1 and 5: you see 5 aliens on a fresh screen and have to pick one of them to win a reward.
Cosmic Free Spins: This feature gives you up to 8 free spins when you land a minimum of 3 alien symbols across the reels.
Another space-themed slot, and a brilliant one at that, is Back to Venus from BetSoft Gaming. The game has rich 3D graphics and exciting features to give you a memorable experience. There are 5 reels and 20 paylines and an interesting premise, as seen from the game symbols.
The symbols in the game include the cutest possible Venus flytrap, an astronaut, a spaceship and a house, among others. If you don’t score a win on a spin, there is the possibility of a random symbol becoming sticky and giving you a respin. The respins continue till you score a win with the sticky symbol.
Another cool feature is the Flowering Wild Boost: Whenever you don’t land a win, there is the possibility that the reels will glow with the flowering power of the wild, which in turn increases the possibility of the Asteroid wild landing on the reels. The Asteroid wilds remain sticky for 2 spins and land on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. Finally, there is the free spins bonus that is triggered by landing rocket ship symbols.
The adult animated sci-fi sitcom has been given the MegaWays makeover in this Blueprint slot. Our favourite eccentric scientist has really done it this time, as Rick leads Morty into outer space. Cascading reels packed with meteors and crystals, and a guaranteed 1,046 lines per spin can yield unexpected wins in this highly volatile release.
Revolver Gaming takes you to the edge of the universe, and a space junkyard in this slot. Innovative gameplay on a 3x9 grid, re-spins and click and win features are all wrapped up inside a familiar story featuring space explorer Queen Bea, her side-kick and top man, Handy Max, and their awesome animated android, Sam the Robot.
Planetary pin-up girls and sultry space sirens form the basis for this Eyecon developed slot. Get up close and personal with Peggy, Geraldine, Rita, Joyce and Natsumi in this retro and visually impressive space game. The highly volatile Galactic Girls offers symbol replacers, expanding reels, the chance to win in both directions and much more, so there is something for every space adventurer here.