Solar Nova

by Iron Dog Studio
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  • Fixed wild symbol
  • Free spins with increasing wild multipliers
  • Symbol transformation mode
  • Similar to other cluster pays games
  • Some buy feature options are very costly

Solar Nova Slot Review

Asteroids are approaching your spaceship and there is nothing you can do except for shooting them one by one. Will you succeed and be the one to gather the riches found behind the asteroid zone? Spin to find out!

Just like most other Iron Dog Studio titles, this one also looks amazing. The story takes place in outer space where the background is filled with stars of various sizes blinking on the horizon. At the bottom left corner of the screen, you’ll also find a red planet eradiating a pink light as well as spaceships hovering by now and then. The reel set occupies the biggest part of the screen and features the same futuristic look found in the rest of the slot.

The mechanics are fairly different too as the classic payline system has been substituted by the cluster pays model. Winning combinations are formed by 6 or more horizontally or vertically adjacent matching symbols. Winning symbols are removed and cause a tumbling sequence.

The slot looks and feels like many other games we’ve reviewed but it has a unique character nonetheless. If you are a fan of the cluster pays system and want to check out more games similar to this one then we recommend the Reactoonz series by Play’n GO. That said, let’s take a closer look at how the game in question works.

How to Play Solar Nova

The game consists of 9 rows and 9 reels. As per usual, the controls can be found below the main reel set allowing players to adjust the bet size, enable the autoplay function, spin, tweak the audio settings, or enter the in-game menu for further information and gameplay customization.

As for the bets, staking starts at $0.10 and goes all the way up to $50 per spin. Solar Nova is a fairly high volatility title so don’t expect to get winning spins constantly. However, scarce but bigger wins are more likely. The game’s maximum exposure is 10,000x your stake while the RTP is 96% but varies based on the active mode.

Solar Nova features 7 regular paying symbols that come in the form of differently colored and shaped gems.

The slot’s special symbols are:

  • Wild – The wild is always present in the middle position on the reels and will substitute for all other non-special symbols.
  • Rocket Wild – This special wild works just like the regular wild but will move to a new adjacent position after each participating winning combination.

Game Rules

Solar Nova Features

The game has a lot of rules but don’t be discouraged. We are sure you will get the hang of it quite quickly. Let us lend a helping hand by listing all the special features below!

Solar Flare

Apart from offering the regular wild symbol capabilities, the solar wild can trigger a couple of other special features. First is the Solar Flare feature which can be randomly triggered after any non-winning spin during the base game.

The solar wild symbol will randomly transform any of the 1-4 central branches with a solar flare into the same symbol. This feature can also occur during the free spins, on any spin or tumble.

Solar Flare
Free Spins

The feature is triggered during the base game by getting 3 or more rocket wilds to land anywhere on the reel set awarding 6 free spins. During the free spins, you may get to trigger the symbol transportation and solar nova features. These are:

  • Symbol Transportation – A rocket wild is randomly triggered to teleport during a spin or tumble (may activate in the base game as well). When the teleportation occurs, the rocket wild will switch places with a regular symbol to increase the chances of winning.
  • Solar Nova – If the fixed solar wild symbol participates in any number of winning clusters, it will increase its counter by 1 for every tumble. If the solar wild participates in 8 winning tumbles, then it will expand into a 3×3 wild for one tumble. After this tumble, the solar wild will return to its original size and the counter will reset.

The free spins feature can be purchased at the cost of 90x your stake. However, if you wish to kick things off with higher rocket wild multipliers then you can trigger the feature with 4 rocket wilds on a 1x multiplier for 250x your stake or 3 rocket wilds with a 5x starting multiplier for 300x your stake.

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