Before you embark on your journey through the stars, you will have to place a bet from the options listed at the bottom of the game screen. You can choose from 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100, but be careful because clicking on one of these numbers will set of the spinners – so make sure you definitely want to bet that amount before you go ahead and click on it.
The slot machine consists of 11 cards, some of which are just numbers and letters designed to look like mystical artefacts. There are a number of more interesting symbols, however, all of which are iconic images of historical astronomy and astrology. There are a number of archaic measuring instruments such as a golden telescope, an armillary sphere, and a set of maps with a sextant, which is one of the two scatter symbols. The other scatter symbol is a magical book and the wild card is a wheel chart of the zodiac. You will also meet two characters when playing Zodiac Wheel – an alluring woman observing a magical orb and a clever looking chap all decked out in the finest Jacobean garb.
The gameplay of Zodiac Wheel is very simple. You can initiate a spin by simply clicking the “Start” button or by pressing the space key on your keyboard. There is also an autoplay option, which spins Zodiac Wheel continuously so that you can sit back and enjoy the action as it unfolds.
Put Your Fate to the Test
Like most EGT games, Zodiac Wheel incorporates a special gamble feature into the equation. Whenever you land on a winning line and receive some points the “Gamble” button will light up, giving you the chance to double your winnings in a simple side game. You will be whisked off to a new screen where a card is placed face down – all you have to do is guess whether this card is red or black.
Guessing right will double the amount that you have just won and you will be shown a new card to guess the colour of. You can keep doubling your pot until you decide to add it to you main game balance or until you guess wrong, in which case your winnings will be lost.
An Astronomical Jackpot
Every spin of the Zodiac Wheel may trigger a special jackpot cards bonus round. This is a randomly occurring side game that will give you the opportunity to win some serious money by simply selecting 3 cards from a set of 12 face down cards.
If you turn over three cards from the same suit then your lucky stars have aligned and you will be rewarded with a mystery jackpot. The winnings you receive will correspond to the suit of your three winning cards with each suit representing a different tier of jackpot value, as such:
- 1st and lowest tier – clubs
- 2nd tier – diamonds
- 3rd tier – hearts
- 4th and highest tier – spades
A Star Turn?
Zodiac Wheel is a pretty solid slot machine from Euro Games Technology. In terms of design, it is more than pleasant on the eye and will provide plenty of entertainment to anyone with a passion for the astrological zodiac, and/or historical astronomical observation devices (I suspect the former will be the more popular source of motivation).
This game follows the basic pattern of most Euro Games Technology slot machines with many of the same features and bonus rounds. However, there is no opportunity to get free spins of the Zodiac Wheel – which makes it a little bit more difficult to gain big winnings. Also, the fact that there are only 5 pay lines means that you could be spinning for a while before you hit a winning formula.