It may take you a few moments to get your head around the setup in Astros but the simplicity soon shines through and this will either please you or leave you wanting a change. Personally, my favourite types of slots don't grow from the bottom upwards but I understand why this may appeal to some fans. It’s different and that’s ok!
Astros presents a fiery and dramatic setting with various pyramids decorating the background. Our structure sits front and centre with the ever-decreasing level sizes making their way to the 5,000x payout at the top. The soundtrack is a little reminiscent of that of Sunshine from nearly 20 years ago but is naturally interspersed with some stereotypical Egyptian music.
It's quite tough to review the gameplay in a slot like Astros as it is going to be very divisive. Some players will love the challenge of something a little different while others simply won't get the intricacies behind the scenes and they'll move on to the next title very quickly. For me, too much time is spent on the bottom two levels and this made the whole process feel very repetitive. I didn't manage to trigger the bonus after an extended period of play but hopefully, you'll have better luck. The Bonus game with its basic offering of ‘here are your seven prizes, now get out’’ also seems a little anticlimactic.
The 5,000x multiplier keeps you alert and knowing that this isn't even the top payout for this game also adds a little extra spice—25,900x is possible. Regardless of what you think of the gameplay, there are big wins available here for some lucky players. Expect high volatility and differing RTP levels, depending on where you play. The version I played only came in at 91.7% but I understand that higher figures are available.
I am a tough audience for games like this and I'm yet to find one that follows this type of mechanic that really puts a smile on my face. I appreciate the idea but I don't think it was executed perfectly in Astros with too much time spent languishing at the bottom of the pyramid and not enough action to keep me satisfied. You may think differently; answers on a postcard, please!