The theme of Apollo Rising is captivating: you take the role of an astronaut looking to blast their way into space (and make some sweet cash along the way) alongside another space cadet. Naturally, you are joined on your expedition into the solar system by your two pets – a dog and a monkey, who feature as key symbols on the game board alongside the two astronauts and the playing card icons: A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9.
What is slightly out of the ordinary in Apollo Rising (other than the fact that the two astronauts have taken their pet dog and a monkey into space) is that each reel features eight symbols, rather than the traditional three or five. This, naturally, presents more winning opportunities, although of course each spins costs more as a consequence.
But players can select how much they want to bet on each line, with coin values ranging from £1 to £30, by altering the amount shown in the Line Bet field. Alternatively, you can just use the Auto Spin function so that you can sit back, relax, and watch the action unfold in front of you. This will stop when you have activated the bonus to allow you to explore your options further!
Bonuses and Features
As all of the action takes place in the base game, there is little to shout about in terms of bonuses and features in Apollo Rising. Your payouts are secured via the main game and spinning some lovely combos, although there is the Rising Re-Spins feature to explore.
This is triggered when the wild symbol, which is – quite literally – a symbol that says Wild on it, appears on reels 2, 3 or 4. The wild will then complete a miraculous transformation into a rocket, which expands to cover the whole of the reel after substituting for any other symbols; essentially becoming stacked wild symbols on the reels. The number of free re-spins you will receive is dictated by the number of wilds spun on the triggering turn, and all wild symbols are retained in position during the free re-spin round. Players can earn up to a maximum of three spins in a row courtesy of the Rising Re-Spins game.
As one of the newest slot games around online, released as it was in May 2015, it is good to see that Apollo Rising has already established quite a name for itself in casinos and game sites around the world.
IGT has produced a slick slot that features ultra-smooth gameplay; there is no sticking or lagging as can sometimes be experienced with older titles. The contemporary graphics and modern soundtrack add to the experience, and all in all Apollo Rising simply feels less outdated than many of the other slot games that are available right now.
Fans of big money prizes will find Apollo Rising sorely lacking in a bonus round to create those epic payouts through free spins and multipliers. The Rising Re-Spins feature is a nice addition, however it is a little light on ‘big win’ potential. But that is the downside of playing a slot where all of the action is contained within the base game.
That said, big wins are available as are more consistent smaller payouts; aided not least by there being eight symbols on each reel rather than three or five. So it’s a little bit of give and take with Apollo Rising: the huge jackpot may be missing, but the regularity of winning spins is pleasing to say the least.