Perhaps, the most intriguing part about Stellar Portals is its innovative, yet slightly unusual design. It doesn’t focus much on producing high-quality visuals and graphics. Instead, it uses high contrasting colours and neon lights to lure players in.
Video Stellar Portals™ – Microgaming
Is it futuristic, or is it retro? We’re still undecided, but one thing is for sure, there is hardly anything like Stellar Portals on the gaming market. The game uses brightly coloured orbs and portals as its sole symbol design. You seem to be suspended in some sort of dimensional portal or somewhere far away in the universe.
Stellar Portals doesn’t feature a clear cut grid, but we can make out 5×3 reels with the standard 20 paylines. The jackpot isn’t bad, which is why we think the game ranks pretty high on the volatility scale.
The high volatility is attributed to the lower hit rate, even though the RTP is quite standard at 96.04%. The high volatility is also understandable since the max jackpot is a nicely chosen 7,777x your initial stake.
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To help you get there even with the slightly limited paylines and high volatility are bonus features that include free spins, multipliers, and stacked wilds, but more on that in a bit.
Betting is also a little low but quite common, with the range between 0.20 to 20. Even though Stellar Portals does offer some lucrative wins, you can’t expect to get there with only a couple of spins. Expect to expend a lot of patience to reach the highest jackpot.
We mentioned that Stellar Portals is a high yielding game with a lot of features to help you. The first one is the sticky wild, which means the wilds that turn sticky and hold their positions on the reel. They can replace any symbols and are responsible for respins until there are no more sticky wilds left on the grid.
Regular wilds are also featured in Stellar Portals, but they lack the stickiness of the other type. They also help with combos by substituting other symbols, but they don’t come with the respins. If you manage to get 3 sticky wilds or more, which have the potential of giving you up to 6 free spins, then you have the stacked bonus wilds that can also get you free spins with the highest number being 9.
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There is another bonus feature in the form of a multiplier bonus, which not only gives you 6 free spins but also 2 - 10 multipliers. Then, there is the regular multiplier bonus, which requires 5 of these symbols to activate. They can offer 9 free spins at most and add a 5x multiplier to wins acquired through the free spins.
You don’t need impressive graphics, symbols, or even audio to impress potential players. Stellar Portals proves that by going with an overly simplistic design (but is still quite fancy if you ask us) on a slot game packed with features. Bonuses, multipliers, and free spins dominate the reels.
Pay attention to the odd-numbered reels as they are the ones that offer the bonus symbols. We guess that the game was designed this way to not oversimplify your journey to the max jackpot. After all, winnings that come easy will not keep the player’s interest or allow them to appreciate the fruits of their labour.