The Astro Legends slot machine from Foxium is the studio's latest high-octane game offering. Landing at the end of June 2018, this game promises to be one of the biggest hits of the summer. Slots watchers are expecting it to shake up player expectations with its smooth, high-definition graphics and seamless play. Astro Legends: Lyra and Erion, to use its full name, weaves a space-age story around its two characters, a musician and an AI lifeform. Lyra, with her purple Afro and skin-tight lycra, plays a keytar musician. She and Erion, her crystal alien AI nemesis - and possible love interest - are going to battle it out in a super sexy space fight while playing electric riffs in deep space. Hey, why not? Who are we to judge? Here, the studio has decided to turn the game reel format upside down - in the literal sense of the word - by taking the square grid and placing it on its side to spin in an abstract formation. In addition, they’ll be offering wild multipliers, cluster pays, and re-spins to keep players engaged. The game still runs along the accepted rules of a slots machine. Players need to make combinations to get prizes and bonus features. It also has some recognisable features, such as the Ace, K, Q, J and 9, but the big money is with the special symbols like the various coloured crystals. Read our full review below.
The story so far…
What we know of the plot to date is that the story takes place in the universe of Oratorio, where the band Astro Legends is busy saving the galaxy in classic Bill and Ted style. The beautiful Lyra is one of the last women standing on the front line between success and disaster. After intercepting a worrying transmission concerning one of the worlds in the solar system, Libretto, Lyra hurries across the universe but finds out too late that the planet and the quadrant have been hijacked by the malfunctioning AI crystal creation Erion.
But Erion is far from just the bad guy in the story. You can tell right from the start that he and Lyra have got a little chemistry between them, but Erion needs to be stopped and helped. In the last few decades, he’s lost the ability to function properly and has decided to destroy everything he sees.
Special game features
In addition to the usual functions, this Foxium game offers three special features: the sonic re-spin, the Lyra Spirit Bonus, and the Wild Bonuses. As the names suggest, these are all reminiscent of existing video slots setups, but in the case of Astro Legends, the studio takes these to all new levels.
In the Sonic Respins feature, which lands quite frequently, locked crystals hidden in the game reels become freed and Lyra adds them to her collection. In addition, Erion tries to get new symbols with his powerful crystal shield. When this happens, Lyra plays her Keytar to make the reels re-spin. If this creates a new cluster, the reels break open and the prizes are released. These wins can equal 15,000 times the player’s total stake.
In Lyra’s Bonus Game, the stardust spirit sprints across the screen, collecting gems in the reels via previously unseen paths. Your task is to capture her and prevent her from escaping. Erion can try to stop you from doing this by raising crystal barriers. To beat him, the player needs to guess which lanes the gems are going to take to allow them to dodge the shields that block the path to reach the next level. You get three lives to do this. Players who manage to effectively traverse all six steps will land 20 times their stake, and the gems will be collected and put in their pot.
With the Wild multipliers, you need to watch out because they can land only on three specific red cells. As expected, the Multiplier Wild symbol substitutes for any symbol and awards players a little something extra. Any win, including a Multiplier Wild, will pay out with a further random multiplier of 2x to 5x, which can really add to your total wins. If a win is part of a cluster that has more than one Multiplier Wild symbol, the Multiplier values are all added together to create a possible 20x multiplier.
Our take on the game
The game is more than just turning a slots game on its head; this beautiful game is also good for the soul. The studio has really worked hard to deliver this new concept, creating an immersive new universe with fully rounded characters, stories, conflicts, and plot development arcs. The more you play, the more you learn about the world Lyra inhabits. This galaxy-defending protagonist and her evil AI antagonists will keep unveiling their motivations all summer long.
This game will appeal to lovers of sci-fi and nostalgia alike. There’s definitely something very retro space age about his game, conjuring up images of David Bowie, Rock n’ Rule and those 1980s shiny metallic suits. It would be easy to dismiss this game as a little bit of a joke, but it’s so well-made and the gameplay is so instinctive that you can't.
From the opening riffs all the way through to bonuses and special features, there’s something to look at, something to think about and something to entertain you. We’re pretty sure that between Lyra and the super cash prizes, plenty of players will be falling for this game and wishing they were really in a galaxy far, far away.
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