Star Clusters

Big Time Gaming are a massive force in the online gaming industry and you might not even know it. Check out the charts and you’ll see them everywhere, maybe you don’t see the brand on the games, but Big Time Gaming are the inventors of the Megaways system and this ways-to-win gaming engine has been massively popular, not just in their own titles but under license in the games of other companies.

And here they’re doing it again, with a new Megaclusters system. Clusters are already used as a ways-to-win engine, with symbols paying out when they stick together in groups rather than along pay lines. Here we have giant symbols and splitting symbols. Like Megaways, the changing symbols induce a cascade or respin feature with more wins potentially following on.

There are also multipliers and a free spins round in this Star Clusters slot game.

If the game mechanics are revolutionary, the game itself is somewhat conservative in design, basing its look around a very classic retro feeling game of stars and gems. In space. That’s right, you appear to be floating towards a distant light source, while ambient soundscapes blur the air around you. Very spacey!

Should you take to the stars?

Let’s have a look!

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Q&A Star Clusters Slot

What slots provider is behind Star Clusters?

This is a game from Big Time Gaming, home of the legendary Megaways system, which features in their biggest hit, the long-running smash Bonanza. They also make tie-in games like Monopoly and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, in their relatively small but highly innovative set of titles.

When was Star Clusters slot released?

Star Clusters is a new release, hitting the sites in June 2020.

What is the Star Clusters RTP?

The RTP on Star Clusters is 96.54%. This is towards the top end of average for the market in 2020. Please remember that RTP is a long-term measure and may not reflect your experience with a game, which might be radically different.

How many reels and pay lines does Star Clusters have?

Star Clusters is played on a 4 by 4 grid that can double in capacity in either direction and as it is a clusters game there is no number of pay lines.

What theme is used in Star Clusters slot?

The game is themed on space, classic slots, gems, stars, and psychedelia.

Can I play Star Clusters on mobile?

You certainly can play Star Clusters on a mobile or tablet device so long as you have JavaScript and HTML5 available, updated, and enabled.

What is the Star Clusters variance?

Big Time Gaming report the variance (aka volatility) of Star Clusters as medium to high. That means that this game is – over the long term and on average – slightly likely to pay out bigger than average prizes and to pay them out slightly less often than average.

What is the minimum bet and the maximum win in Star Clusters slot?

Betting starts from 0.2 coins, which is 20p in most UK casino sites and runs to £20 or 20 coins. The top pay-out is a big healthy 23,960-times stake. Please be sure you check currency settings and pay-out limits on the actual game you’re using.

Does Star Clusters have free spins and bonus rounds?

Yes, there is a free spins round, triggered via a collection meter, and there are several other bonus features in the base game.

What special features come with Star Clusters?

Free spins come with an increasing multiplier that can trigger further free spins if it hits the top of the meter.

Is there anything else I should know about Star Clusters slot?

Hit the spin button for the beats to kick in and the ambient cloud smoosh turn into driving trance music!

The Game

Big Time Gaming control panels tend to follow a pattern and look a little old fashioned to our eyes. This one isn’t particularly themed to the game either and looks like a real-life fruit game.

There’s a spin button in green at the bottom. Above this is a menu button, with an auto spin option to the right that can be limited by the number of spins, loss amount, or size of a single win.

Above this is the betting control, a simple plus and minus affair.

The pay table is all about gems.

The light blue stone pays 10-times stake for the biggest cluster of 25 or more symbols. The yellow pays the same.

Orange and green gems pay 20-times stake for 25 or more.

Blue stones pay 25-times stake, reds 30-times, and the purple clusters up to pay 50-times stake.

Wins trigger a reaction with each winning symbol turning into four to trigger a possible cascade of prize hits.

There are wilds in the shape of stars. Regular wilds sub in for everything except gold wilds. Gold wilds trigger a multiplier count up.

If a base game win triggers more than 5 cascade reactions then you win two free spins, with one more being triggered for each subsequent win. The gold multipliers carry over into the free spins round, and when they hit multiples of 10, there are 2 more free spins awarded.

The Verdict

Big Time Gaming may well have done it again here. Megaways is the big success story of the online video slots game of the past few years, and Megaclusters might just follow in its cascading footsteps.

This game is a good example of what Big Time Gaming do well, with an innovative base function working with a relatively simple game, and very big prize potential.

There’s a lot to like about this Star Clusters slot game, particularly for mobile players who will enjoy its small-screen-friendly look, and if you want to drift away for a while this game has just the right soundtrack for you. It would have been nice to have a more generous free spin round perhaps, but any game with multipliers has the potential to award a very big top prize so you can hardly complain, though those who want to stake high will find the top bet limit low.

Rachel Pine

Slots Expert

Rachel Pine is our slots expert who has worked in the online gambling industry for 10+ years. Over the course of her career, Rachel has reviewed more than 3,000 slots.