Ticket to The Stars Slot
Ticket to the Stars is a highly volatile February 2019 release from Quickspin. The slot has an intergalactic space travel theme and can produce huge wins of up to 10,000x your stake. Base game wins are aided by ‘Swooping Reels’ and fully stacked wilds, but the big wins are reserved for the bonus feature.
The bonus feature is a free spins round where unlimited win multipliers and extra spins can be earned. Ticket to the Stars is played on a 5x3 reel set with 25 fixed paylines and an RTP of 96.52%. You can spin the reels from just €0.25 up to €100 a go.
Design & Symbols
Ticket to the stars is a handsome slot with some lovely artwork. The backdrop shows cartoon silhouettes of a couple of space tourists carrying luggage towards a spaceship up ahead. In the blue skies above you’ll see distant planets, plumes of smoke from previous flights, and animated, twinkling stars. The board is framed on either side and has translucent reels with floating symbols. The soundtrack is soothing, ethereal, and epic – perfect for a space odyssey. Low value symbols are represented by different coloured diamond-shaped gemstones; white, blue, green, purple, and red. Medium value symbols are luggage, champagne on ice, and a service droid. The highest value symbols are the Spaceship’s hostess and its Captain in his box-fresh white uniform, cap, and tinted aviator sunglasses. The chiselled Captain pays 1x, 6x, and 20x the stake for 3, 4, or 5 on a payline. The wild is a golden box which pays the same as the Captain when not forming part of another win. The game’s scatter is a golden spaceship blasting off inside a golden circle with the word BONUS across the bottom of the symbol.
The Swooping Reels mechanic appears as a feature in both the base game and bonus round. Free spins with unlimited multipliers are the game’s only other feature.
The mechanic of the game is similar to many other cascading win-type games in that once a winning combo has landed it will disappear and the spaces will be filled with symbols coming down from above. Furthermore, as long as the new symbols create another winning combo the cycle will continue. The feature ends when a non-winning combo hits the reels. All wins are added to the initial spin. Quickspin have opted to use the word “Swooping” to describe their take on the popular game mechanic. Swooping reels become significantly more profitable during the bonus round as you’ll discover below.
Ticket to the Stars Free Spins
Free spins are earned by landing 3, 4, or 5 bonus symbols which award 15, 20, or 25 spins. The scatter symbol is not available during free spins so there is no full retrigger. However, both extra spins and win multipliers are up for grabs via the ‘Unlimited Multiplier Meter’
Unlimited Multiplier Meter
The Unlimited Multiplier Meter sits beside the game board and displays the current win multiplier. The multiplier rises by 1x and 2 additional free spins are awarded for every run of 3 consecutive wins during a Swooping Reels feature. As the scatter doesn’t appear during free spins the only way to get more is via the Swooping Reels feature.
As the title of the Meter suggests, there is no limit on the number of multipliers or extra spins a player can be awarded.
Our Ticket to The Stars
Quickspin have delivered a beautiful looking slot with awesome potential. Although there’s nothing particularly unique on offer, the combination of Swooping Reels with unlimited free spins and win multipliers makes for an excellent bonus round. Furthermore, the addition of stacked wilds can really pay dividends if you get on a roll during the free spins round. You’ll find that quite often a fully stacked reel of wilds will be replaced during the swoop with another fully stacked reel of wilds – and this can lead to mega wins.
However, Ticket to the Stars’ volatility is very high and with no ‘buy a bonus’ feature, getting into those free spins can be a long and costly mission, so beware. Practice good bankroll management and give yourself a chance of blasting off to a big win; otherwise you might end up purchasing a one-way ticket to planet busto!