We have to grudgingly accept that when we see that there is something new to play on mobile devices from Novomatic, it is not going to be something that we have never seen before. Unlike the likes of Microgaming, NetEnt and Yggdrasil, this is not the kind of developer that tries to stay relevant with a batch of new releases each and every month. Fortunately, it does not need to, with a back catalogue of games that have stood the test of time both on land and online. They are also the name that most UK players will associate most closely with the concept of fruity slots, and that is exactly what we can expect here on Amazing Stars, so let’s get right into it!
What to Expect
In addition to the fruits themselves, the star is perhaps the most iconic symbol of all on Novomatic slot games, so you will probably have been able to tell from the moment that you saw the name of the game exactly what lay in store on this one. As expected, the board is packed with cherries, lemons, oranges and lucky 7s. There are only five win lines across a regular five-reel board, and while we would often criticise this for being somewhat on the low side, here on a game like this one we almost feel like we should be respectful instead! After all, Amazing Stars has been around for years in various formats and we would much prefer to see Novomatic sticking with the authentic game than changing things up at this relatively late stage!
Even with just five lines, the wins are still frequent and decent in size too, and should be more than enough to keep things ticking over nicely while players look out for free spins. Three or more scatters in view will trigger the bonus round with ten free spins and those triggering scatters, along with any more that land on the free spins, will remain on the screen for the duration of the round. With no more spins available, you may well be questioning the validity of keeping these scatters around, but it all comes down to the unique mechanics of this bonus round. Specifically, the only wins on offer on the game are scatter wins, with none of the regular symbols qualifying. At some point you will reach critical mass where every spin is a winner, but naturally more scatters in view make for bigger returns. If, at any point, you manage to fill the screen with star scatters then the round will end early – but you will not need it to continue as the bigger of the two progressive jackpots on display at the top of the screen will have been won!
The smaller jackpot is not only lesser in size, but will also be easier to win. Specifically, that prize is paid out if and when the player is lucky enough to land five lucky 7 symbols on one of the five active win lines. Sure, it will not happen all that often, but five in a row sounds a lot easier than filling the screen with the same symbol, even when the nature of the bonus round is taken into account!
The MobileCasino.net Verdict
We had not played Amazing Stars in a long time prior to this review, but we feel like we will be coming back for more. The gameplay is simplistic but the wins can be massive and the inclusion of two different progressive jackpots is always a step in the right direction. As with most Novomatic slots, this game will not be for everyone, but fans of the developer will not be disappointed!