IGT is not only one of the biggest slots developers around, but also one of the most innovative, and we can say from an early stage that you are unlikely to have seen anything quite like Apollo Rising before. The game is set in space, with astronauts and all that good stuff, and that is something that we have seen plenty of times before. However, the inherent nature of the game makes it look more like a mobile puzzle game than a slot, although we can assure all of our readers that this is still an honest to goodness slot game deep down! A hundred lines should be more than enough to whet the appetites of most players and we have all of the other details in the full review below.
What to Expect
So, the cartoonish theme sets the scene nicely and we particularly like the various spacey animal astronauts that are included, but the board itself is the best place to start with this game simply because it is so different. It kind of reminds us of one of the Colossal Reels games from WMS in that there are eight rows of symbols, but here it is not a sideshow, with the massive board instead being the main and only one. That means that there are always plenty of symbols in view and hopefully plenty of winning ones too, although it can feel like even a hundred win lines are not quite enough to keep up with the potential action on offer here.
The monkey and the dog are not only our favourite symbols visually, but also generally very helpful in gameplay terms as they come along in stacks of two. That is beaten only by the two humans on the board, which are stacked three high. However, if you are into stacked symbols, and on a game as big as this one you should be, then the wild cards are where it is at. At any time in the base game, a rocket can appear on reels two, three or four and shoot up to the top of its reel, turning it completely wild in the process.
If you do complete a wild reel, it will not only be in the calculations for the current spin, but it will also freeze in place for a second respin, which is completely free. Land another stack of wilds on this respin and the process will continue. These respins are very handy, especially in the absence of a proper free spins bonus round on the game. Indeed, the only bonus action at all involves these symbols, but we are pleased to report that the potential returns from a wild respin are as huge as players would hope.
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
Apollo Rising is definitely something different to the norm, although we will say that the game is not for everyone. It can feel a little cramped on mobile screens, even though it has to be played in portrait mode, and there are smaller mobile slots out there that offer just as many winning combinations. Even Starburst from NetEnt offers very similar gameplay, albeit with vastly reduced numbers of lines and that may well be a better bet. However, if you are determined to go big, then it does not get much bigger at mobile casinos than this and that alone is enough reason to recommend it.