Celestial objects can deliver rich rewards in Cosmic Eclipse, a simple, space themed video slot from NetEnt. Played using a 5 reel, 10 payline game engine, the undoubted highlight is the Black Hole feature where re-spins are awarded, symbols collected and then added to the reels to make 1 potentially massive final combination. Blast off on your desktop, tablet or mobile from between 10p and £100 per spin.
The design in this sci-fi adventure superb – with swirling black holes and twinkling stars in the background, you’ll see 6 brightly coloured space objects spinning around the reels. The most lucrative is the ringed orange and red planet which awards 50, 100 or 600 coins if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a payline. There’s also a wild which performs all the usual substitution duties.
Look out for the black hole bonus symbol which can land on reel 5 only – every time it hits, you’ll activate the Black Hole feature which is a little unusual. 1 symbol from the triggering symbol is chosen at random and becomes the ‘active’ symbol. All instances of the ‘active’ symbol plus any wilds on view are collected in the meter to the right of the reels. A re-spin then follows.
The process is then repeated – after any payouts are made, the ‘active’ symbols and wilds on view are added to the meter and another re-spin is awarded. These continue until there’s a spin where no ‘live’ symbol or wild lands or you collect a full allocation of 15 matching symbols. All of the collected symbols are then dropped onto the reels in a guaranteed winning configuration and the payout is made.
That’s it as far as extras are concerned – there aren’t any free spins or other bonuses on offer here. Expect to land the Black Hole feature at regular intervals though. We have no complaints about the design here which is top notch. There’s a glossy sheen to the imagery and the electronic soundtrack has a lush, futuristic feel.
NetEnt has form for creating simple, space-themed video slots that ram home a single feature. Yes, we’re looking at you Starburst. Cosmic Eclipse doesn’t quite reach those heights but it’s a well-designed and entertaining game that can deliver some cracking action – up to 600 times your stake on each spin/re-spin. Get on a roll with the re-spins and the action in this space yarn could indeed be cosmic.