Wed, May 29, 11:36pm by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:22pm
When Space Invaders came along in the 1980’s, it introduced arcade gaming into the mainstream. There was something real satisfying about zapping those aliens and the occasional mothership, while trying not to lose one of your own lives. While gaming has moved on immeasurably since those days, that original format still has appeal. With Bally’s Total Blast online pokies, you get to zap aliens once again.
Total Blast is a fun, arcade style pokie game which does a fine job of mixing traditional gambling machine features with interactive fun. With multiple features, including picks and skill-based shooting games, there is plenty to keep you entertained. Here is what you need to know before you battle the Total Blast pokie games:
The Alien Attack Bonus feature is certainly the high point of Total Blast. It will see you zapping those aliens. This feature comes in two parts. The first sees you use the ‘button deck’ to play that Space Invaders style game. This is a skill-based game, where you’ll simply tap on the button deck to fire lasers – move from left to right on the deck to assume your firing position, and press and hold to increase photon power (quick taps on the deck will fire off a succession of less powerful lasers).
This game takes place over two screens, with alien craft moving slowly across the screen, from both left to right and from right to left. Every time you hit an alien craft, you’ll win points – the more points you earn, the higher rank you’ll receive going into the second part of the feature.
Now, you’ll see a series of alien craft lined up in formation and you’ll click on one at a time, winning credits for each (the higher rank you achieved, the more the credits pay). Each pick might see other craft destroyed too, and you’ll keep picking until all of the alien craft have disappeared.
To enter the free spins bonus feature, you’ll need to land bonus symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5. This will give you 5 free spins and a 2x multiplier. Above the reels, you’ll find a box, showing four crystals and before or after any spin, one of these crystals could be ‘wild enabled’. They become enabled when the crystals are found on one of the planets on the upper screen. By the end of the five spins, there is every chance that all five crystals will be wild enabled. Expect some big wins, especially in the last few spins when those wilds are everywhere.
During standard play of Total Blast, you’re faced with a 5×4 reel setup, where all of the symbols are space related. You’ve got clusters of asteroids, moons, comets, constellations and planets – you name anything space related and it’s got it. The game features 40 win-lines, you will have the opportunity to play for as much as 200 credits per spin.
Total Blast plays out against the backdrop of space with a myriad of stars illuminating the night sky. This dark setting is ideal for the base game, with the brightly designed symbols shining bright against the deep space setting.
The best and most exciting animations come in the Alien Attack feature, when both screens are in play as you zap those invaders. It’s unusual to find an ‘arcade’ feature in a pokie and this ups the entertainment to another level. Throughout the arcade feature, you’ll hear Europe’s 1980’s hit ‘The Final Countdown’, which adds further energy to the game and is something of a surprise. Check out the futuristic visuals in the free spins bonus feature too!
This Bally-designed skill-based gambling machine a fresh take on an old idea. While many other pokies stick to a formula where the action plays out mostly on the reels, Total Blast is all about the arcade game. Enter the Alien Attack feature and you’ll be trigger happy, hoping to earn as many points as you can for the pick me round. The free spins feature has some nice originality around it, too, and would make a fine primary feature in many other games. This is a must play game, but expect a queue!