Space Wars is a 5-reel, 40-pay line online slot from NetEnt. This ethereal slot starts off with a cool animation and some unique features: there are four rows as opposed to the standard three, and all the symbols are stacked five high.
The other standout feature is the large device called a 'Cloning Pod' that stands to the right of the screen. Every time you land a win, one poor space alien is sucked into device, and cloned multiple times in less than a second. These clones are then thrown back onto the reels and a re-spin is triggered. With the reels now full of these expanded ETs, the second spin has the potential to trigger some really huge wins.
The symbols in the game are all the alien combatants from this epic inter-stellar battle in both senior and junior form. All forty pay lines are in play at all times, but you can choose your coin value from 0.02 to 0.50, and your bet level from one to ten. Your stake-per-spin is always 40 x your level x your coin value. To win a cash amount you need to land at least three identical symbols in sequence on an active pay line starting from the left-hand reel.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest payout is double your bet-per-line for three of the junior versions of the blue and purple aliens beasties. The jackpot is for five examples of the large red crystal structure, which seems to be what the enraged ETs are fighting over. Five of them wins you 1,000x.
The Wild symbol - which is the world 'WILD' in big white letters - only appears on reels two and four but is stacked the same as all the other symbols. It substitutes for all other symbols.
That's your lot when it comes to Space Wars. It's certainly an entertaining game, but not a 'stellar' one. The 'Cloning Pod' is a lovely little device, and the cloning action is highly amusing, but the lack of bonus features other than the 'clone and spin' feature loses Space Wars a star or two from what could have been a stellar rating. It's certainly worth playing, and there are decent chances of winning excellent jackpots, but what starts out as a supernova speedily become something of a black hole. Just remember, in space, everyone can hear you scream if you win a galactic-sized jackpot!