Tue, Dec 11, 9:55am by Ed Scimia
One of the most anticipated new pokies of the year has been Battlestar Galactica. As one of the most successful television sci-fi franchises ever, Battlestar Galactica held a lot of promise as the basis for a poker machine. Last week, this new pokie was launched – and we’re ready to say that it definitely exceeded our expectations.
Battlestar Galactica is based on the most recent incarnation of the series. While the original series has its fans to this day, the new version of the show that was produced for the Syfy Network took the franchise to all new heights. Both beloved by fans and praised by critics, Battlestar Galactica told the story of humans fleeing from a race of robotic creates known as the Cylons, in the search for a mythical planet that they called Earth.
The pokie takes many of the elements that made the show so popular and adapts them brilliantly to the game. First, one of the biggest draws to the show was the amazing cast of characters that populated the world – many of whom make appearances in the pokie. You’ll see Gaius Baltar, Apollo, Starbuck, and most of the other well known crew members of the Galactica, as well as a few of the Cylons they battled against.
The military played a big role in the survival of humanity, and this pokie makes sure to highlight that through an innovative ranking system. As you play more, you’ll unlock new ranks that increase your access to the game’s special features and different game modes. It’s a cool way of adding a promotion system that will entice you to keep playing, while still remaining true to the story the pokie is based on.
And there are definitely plenty of special features you’ll want to unlock while playing this game. Battlestar Galactica features three different play modes, each of which comes with a different set of special features. The game begins in normal mode, during which random ion storms can any number of reels completely wild on any spin. Obviously, this will great some incredible wins, particularly if you’re lucky enough to get three or more wild reels at the same time. You can also trigger 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier if you hit three or more Viper symbols on the same spin.
A major portion of the show had the Galactica and the rest of the human fleet on the run from the Cylons, and that’s recreated with the “Run” portion of the game, during which the normally blue machine takes on a green background. During this portion of the game, you’ll be able to score wins both in the traditional left-to-right format and also from right to left, doubling your chances of making a winning combination. There’s also a special Jump Feature that’s triggered if an FTL symbol appears on the centre reel. This will turn basic symbols into one of the characters from the show, often creating major five-of-a-kind wins.
Finally, sometimes the humans had to engage the Cylons in a battle – a situation you’ll be put in if you enter the Fight section of this pokie (designated by a red background). In this segment, you can once again enter a free spins feature with the help of the Viper symbol, but this time that will put you in the heat of a dogfight. Symbols will explode and change as Cylon and human forces attack each other, and you can even trigger additional free spins at random.
With a seemingly endless supply of clips, sounds, music and more from the Battlestar Galactica series, this is one pokie that should keep players coming back for years to come. The Battlestar Galactica poker machine is now available at great Microgaming casino sites like 7 Sultans Casino and Vegas Palms. If you want to know even more about this game, we’ll have a complete review available in the near future.
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