Shine Bright like a Diamond
In terms of pure design, Wild Stars is a very simple and elegant slot game. The reels are framed by golden ornaments and placed on top of a clean piece of wood. With a little imagination, you could picture it as the lid of an expensive jewellery box, for instance.
The player interface is equally simplistic: the usual Merkur command bar and its big green buttons, a few displays to show you where you stand and what your last win was, and so on. Any other useful command will pop up when needed during the game. In a nutshell, Wild Stars is providing a light and airy space for players to play and admire the many jewels spinning on the reels, as we will see in our next section.
Put Your Money on the Diamonds
Wild Stars is just as accessible as the other members of Merkur Wild family, with 5 reels and 5 paylines in total. You can choose a wager from 0.05 to 10 credits per line with the plus and minus buttons, or skip ahead with the max bet shortcut.
Wild Stars also lets you set up to 100 autospins, if you feel like the game is not going fast enough. Each successful spin gives you access to the gamble card and gamble ladder mini games, two optional challenges to get a chance to double up your reward instantly, at the risk of losing it altogether.
Wild Stars’ high volatility comes with an average RTP of 96.03%, making the game a good challenge for players – especially if you factor in the small number of paylines available. The paytable itself is obviously full of jewels, with shiny sapphires, emeralds, rubies, diamonds and more spinning on the reels continuously. The highest reward available will multiply your current line bet by 200 instantly.
Eyes on the Stars
To increase your future rewards, Wild Stars introduces a simple yet very efficient special feature. All you need to do is spot the bejewelled star on the reels to trigger it.
This rare symbol works as a wild card. You can use it as a joker and just increase your chances to complete one or more winning combinations every time it shows up. On top of this, stars double the value of each combination they help complete, boosting the highest cash win of Wild Stars up to x400 as a consequence.
Simplicity Is Key
Wild Stars is a simple and elegant slot game. If you have had the chance to play other Merkur slot games before, you will recognise the straightforward style of the studio right away. Just like Wild Frog, this game has a rather high volatility that turns it into a good challenge. The simple gameplay and straightforward rules still make it accessible to most players.
On the other hand, the Wild Stars bonus feature is not as original as we would have liked. No jumping frogs in the pond this time, just a wild card with a x2 multiplier – which is of course useful, but not as exciting as we had hoped.