Star Trek – Against All Odds
Are you ready to boldly go where no gambler has gone before? Prepare to take down the money and go all the way to the final frontier with the Star Trek – Against All Odds slot machine.
- Superb Multi-Way Xtra gives you tons of winning chances straight from the reels
- Photo real pictures and animations throughout the game
- Blast your way to a bonus with the second screen shoot ‘em up round
- Spin one of nine different bonus reels to grab some great cash prizes
- Grab extra spins with lucky bonus game play to increase your payout potential
- Randomly activated reel feature gives players a chance to hit big on any single spin
Star Trek – Against All Odds is another one of the superb ranger of Star Trek games from IGT. This range of games uses the latest images from the Hollywood films that have wowed fans with direction from JJ Abrams. Like many tie-in titles, this machine has a huge resonance with both gaming and movie fans – with good reason too, as it uses many game features and bonus rounds that allow it to stand out from the crowd of free spin games.
Graphically Star Trek – Against All Odds is a visual symphony. It reminds us of other space age titles that are currently doing incredibly well with internet punters, such as Microgaming’s Battlestar Galactica. Against All Odds uses the type of rich media reel art that’s set on a dynamically changing background to create an epic scene of interstellar indulgence. Everything about this machine feels just right and is well balanced. The animations as ever are smooth and lock free and work really well with the whole theme is current at every stage of the game-play, from the spectacular in game bonus round to the full on second screen feature.
The sound on Star Trek – Against All Odds is exactly what you’d expect. You’ve got tons of little vocal cues from the TV show that play on this classic theme together with intergalactic effects and out of this world sonics. This forms an excellent backdrop to the reel play on offer and you really won’t be able to get enough of the superb acoustic palette that really does bring the action to life. There’s nothing better than hearing some of the classic lines from the Star Trek movies when you hit those all important winning combinations to help the game-play along. This is a very polished production that works on every level.
If you haven’t played games like Day of the Dead and Pamplona then the special reel system used in Star Trek – Against All Odds will perhaps be a little surprising and confusing at first. The best way we can explain it is that you’re paid out an addition multiplier for every permutation of a winning combination you hit on the reels. We’re pretty sure that might not help you so be sure to check our Treasures of Troy article – this was the first slot to feature the innovative win system, which is known in the trade as Multi-Way Xtra – to find out exactly how it works check out the review page. In addition to this base game mechanism you also get stacked wilds on the reels, a prize paying scatter symbol and a bonus symbol in the form of a blue Starship Enterprise icon.
Stop in one of more of the blue Starship Enterprise icons on every reel to access the Star Trek – Against All Odds bonus feature. This sees you taken to a second screen where you have to protect Spock’s ship as he sails off through space towards a wild and dark looking on screen enemy. The longer he lasts and the more enemies you destroy, the more points you get. You’re then taking to a results page where your rank is calculated on the amount of points you’ve accrued, which in turn determines which of 9 special bonus reels you’ll spin to receive you prize. Needless to say the better you do in the sub-game, the bigger the prizes are on the wheels – with chances to spin again and hit multipliers for your prize this is a rather tasty and well put together sub-game.
The first feature we’ll discuss is the Energizing Wilds feature that can be triggered at any time during the reel game. You’ll know when this happens as you’ll get a cool animation where the name of this feature is emblazoned across the game grid. A targeting system will then turn between two and five wilds on the middle three reels into wild symbols and your winning combinations are evaluated. This can be the key to hitting some truly immense wins straight off the board.
Slot Professor Says
At last, a Multi-Way Xtra game that really offers something a little different from Fire Opals and Siberian Storm. Without question I’ve played too many clones that are based on this formula and Star Trek – Against All Odds gives you the classic reel system that works so well on many of these titles, with enough feature game action to really make it stand out from the crowd.
I’m never too sure about bonus games that seem to have an element of skill about their composition. I find myself constantly asking if they’re real or if it’s just a case of a bonus on rails where you believe you getting a chance to win yourself a slice of cash based on your skill with the mouse. On Start Trek – Against All Odds I really do get the feeling that if you’re amazing with the old point and click action – for instance if you’re a whizz at Call of Duty or another one of these first person shooters, then you could actually get an edge on this machine. Whether or not this is true is another thing, but I am sure this bonus really is a whole lot of fun as well as packing the power to pay out some rather tasty prizes.
Ultimately Star Trek – Against All Odds won’t win any prizes for originality. Many serious slot players will recognise the bonus game as a different twist on the wheel of fortune bonus available in the famous Wheel of Fortune slot machine. This is combined with the best aspects of the hexagonal Multi-Way Xtra machines to create a new synthesis of gaming mechanisms. Of course if you combine two winning formulas the chances are you’ll get a new winning formula, which is absolutely what IGT have delivered in this case.
Finally, after all that analysis, do I have any tips to help you get the most out of this slot machine? I would argue that this is a slot machine where you have to take care. It can violently tip at any point, but the majority of the wins available are fairly small. As with many of my playing experiences on Multi-Way Xtra games I find I get hardly anything off the reels and then all the money comes at once in a great big slew of winning awesomeness – so just make sure you’ve set your stake at the right level for you luck to change at any point.