Tue, Feb 26, 7:30am by William Brown
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A Space Themed Pokie Featuring 100 Win-Lines and Respins
Apollo Rising is a pokie which takes a fun style look at futuristic space travel. In this game you have a family of four heading into space, although this is far from your standard nuclear family. Here you have a family comprising of a man, a woman, a monkey and a dog. This is perhaps not surprising as monkeys, dogs and humans have all been to space at some point! Apollo Rising features a huge 5×8 reel set up and in keeping with the title the reels spin upwards, which takes a little bit of getting used to!
Apollo Rising offers the following range of original features:
The wild symbol in this IGT pokie is represented by a rocket ship. Any time it is passing up through the reels you’ll see a blast of flames in its wake, but you’ll certainly be willing it to stop. When it does land on the reels it will expand to fill an entire reel.
Considering that the reels are eight high, that is a lot of wilds in one go! As well as the expanded wild reel, you’ll also benefit from a free re-spin, with the wild reel held in place. This gives you double the chance of big wins, as you might have also won on the initial spin.
Things get more interesting if you land more than one wild on the reels. Land the expanding wilds on two reels and these will be held in place for two respins. Consider that if the wild appear on reels 2 and 3, you’ll be guaranteed a 3 in a row win on all win-lines (that’s 100 wins on the initial spin, followed by 100 wins on each of the re-spins).
The dream scenario sees you land wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4. Not only are you guaranteed a 4 in a row on all 100 win-lines, you’ll also receive THREE re-spins, where you’ll have the same guarantee. In this scenario, the numbers you could look at winning would be incredible – little wonder that the rules of the game put a cap on a total win of 25 million coins!
This might be the only feature in the game, though it certainly has big-win potential.
Apollo Rising plays out on an extremely unusual 5×8 reel set up. The four ‘family’ characters in the man, woman, monkey and the dog are all two symbols high and offer the biggest wins in the game. The male, whose spacesuit is red pays 300 coins for the maximum five, while the female (yellow) pays 200 coins. The monkey (green) who chases a banana pays 150 coins, while the dog (purple) is worth 100 coins.
At the low end of the pay table you’ll find the playing card symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A, whose top prizes range between 50 and 80 coins.
The design on Apollo Rising is divided into two distinct sections.
The left-hand side of the screen features the gameplay and the five extended reels. In an unusual and fun twist, the symbols spin upwards on the reels instead of the usual downward motion. You’ll also see the occasional comet flying through the cosmos scene behind the reels.
To the right-hand side you have all of the controls of the game, as well as the game logo which features a modern looking mix of planets and moons. The ‘spin’ symbol shines like the sun, so perhaps you shouldn’t look at it directly!
Throughout the game you’ll enjoy a futuristic style soundtrack which sounds like its straight out of a sci-fi movie.
Apollo Rising is an enjoyable and entertaining pokie from IGT. The 5×8 reels setup and the upwards spinning reels give the game some originality, which will certainly appeal for a player looking for something a little different. This pokie really comes alive when you hit those wilds – especially when two or more expanding wilds fill the reels. At this point, you might even be able to afford your own spaceship!