Space Wars Basic Information:
The theme of some pokies is difficult to tell by their name alone. Sometime they reference an ancient civilisation, or a historical figure. Other times they simply take an abstract concept and work it into a playable theme that has little to do with its namesake. There are time, however, that you know exactly what you are in for based just off the name, such as is the case with Space Wars. This is a game based on wars, in space. Is it worth your time? Keep reading to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Space Wars is no exception. This game was released in early November of 2013.
The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Space Wars comes with a total of 40 paylines over 5 reels in a 4×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet sits at 40
- The maximum coins bet sits at 400
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 0.20
- The return to player offered by this game sits at around 96.8%, at or slightly higher than average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. There are a total of 5 sections within this menu, which are listed below.
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Intro Screen
This enabled or disables the intro screen from playing for the next time that the player enters the game.
This is identical to the option above, where it stops the into clip from playing.
This toggles the symbol animations from playing. There are two advantages to this. The first is that it slightly speeds up the game, meaning less waiting around. The second is that it makes the game less demanding on the player's hardware, making the game slightly easier to run on older or less powerful devices.
- Ambient Sounds
This lets the player enable or disable the ambient noises generated from the game.
- Sound Effects
As you would expect, this stops all of the game's sound effects.
Space Wars comes with a total of three different graphics settings. These are separated into Basic, Standard and Enhanced. Basic downplays the graphics, making the game run better on older or less powerful machines. Standard sets the game to look like how it was originally designed to be played. When the enhanced setting is selected the game will look better, but the difference in this particular game is not large. Note that the higher the graphical options the more powerful the system it is played on will need to be. This means that is you have trouble running it at enhanced and standard you could consider turning the graphics to basic. This is especially important because overloading your system can cause these games to crash, and a crash on a win means the player gets nothing!
- Spacebar to spin
This option simply adds pressing the space-bar to the ways in which the reels can be spun.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50 ,75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are four different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- When cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Space Wars also comes with question-mark and paytable help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the paytable button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the paytable button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
There isn't a lot to speak of here when it comes to the background information of this game. While the name might lead you to believe it has some sort of connection with Star Wars, in reality it looks to be more heavily influenced by animated films such as Monsters.
it makes sense, really, in that combining the name Space Wars with such graphics helps anchor this pokie in two very different and very popular franchises. This gives the game a wider range of appeal than it might have if it were just based of a entirely random theme.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Space Wars comes in the form of white wild text in front of a comic book type explosion. This can substitute for any symbol except the free spins symbol. It can also only appear on reels 2 and 4.
The respin feature in this game is activated once the player wins a bet. When this is activated a new set of reels will appear. When a respin is triggered the winning symbol on the payline will appear in the cloning pod. Following this the symbol is cloned and the cloned symbols are then added onto the respin reels. Respins use the amount which was bet when the round was won as a their betting base.
Aside from the above respin feature this game has nothing in the way of bonus games, which is a bit of a disappointment.
How to Play:
Basic play for Space Wars is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
The design of this game is heavily influenced by animated series such as Monsters Inc. and Minions. These often goofy looking little symbols have a lot of character but lack the sort of appeal which might be brought about by characters with actual name recognition. Still, all the characters in this game fit well with the theme of different aliens, though it should be said that none of them appear especially well suited for war. The rest of the game works well to support this theme. This is seen especially well in the play bar which runs across the bottom of the screen. Often it is the case that this bar is simply set as the designed default, but Space Wars brings its own custom bar which is sufficiently space tech in appearance.
When it comes to usability, this a game which does more than it strictly needs to. A lot of great options here, combined with a responsive system which is easy to use and navigate. Given how limited the game is in terms of bonuses NetEnt really went above and beyond here.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Space Wars there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A game which looks fantastic but is quite difficult to recommend. Space Wars does what it wants to do very well, the problem is that it simply does not want to do too much. Great animations and a lot of character can only do so much to make up for the lack of bonus games and bonus structure. That said, if this sort of thing doesn't bother you, or you just want to try something new, then you should check out Space Wars. Just don't go into this game expecting a game-changer.
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