The best way to think of Astronaut is perhaps as a mixture of High/Low and a crash game. You get a lot more input than usual but you can only get the sequence going when you hit a green gem. This is the major downside to this slot as it’s possible to hit a run of red gems that present no option to win. Then again, it is a slot and we all kind of accept that eventuality before we play, right?
It’s a fairly familiar space theme with the reel sitting among the prize tube as the cosmos drifts slowly by. The symbols are suspended on the only reel and they bob away waiting for the next spin. The soundtrack kicks off with a kind of 90s ‘prodigy’ vibe before settling down into a calm groove. Nothing mind-blowing, but nice enough!
If you aren’t quite sure what’s going on even after reading the rules and/or this review, the best thing to do is lower the stake down to the 20p minimum and let it get going for a while—you’ll soon figure it out.
The game’s 'help' section also has a guide to when it’s best to cash out or gamble, depending on where you are in the sequence. You can always take a screengrab and check that out before making your next move.
Despite the lack of features and other regular elements—reels, for example—Astronaut still gives you a fantastic opportunity to hit an enormous win of up to 48,000x. The volatility is high and the hit rate is very low, so your balance could take a bruising as the red gems arrive, but the upside is that wins can grow very large very quickly. The RTP is a little under 96%, which is about right.
Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that the win potential is huge but for many fans it's about the journey as much as the destination and this may or may not be their proverbial cup of tea. You might hit the Astronaut spin button once and walk away, or you could be sat there for a while grinning with delight as this game’s simple concept captures your imagination.