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Virgin Casino Launches Star Trek Slot

22 March 2011 by admin

star-trek-2009Do Trekkies play at online casinos? Do they like slots? Virgin Casino hopes so, because they launched a new online slot today with a Star Trek theme. The game is simply called “Star Trek” and it was designed by IGT.

Casinos love to use popular brands for online slots because it helps set them apart from the other slots. If you are a fan of the brand, you are likely to give it a try. To me, Star Trek seems like kind of an odd choice, though. It’s always been kind of a niche show. The fans of the show absolutely love it (sometimes to an unhealthy degree), but that fan base is somewhat small. Even the movies traditionally have done poorly at the box office, possibly because your average person doesn’t want to watch a bunch of old men sitting on the bridge of a starship debating the merits of intervening in the affairs of a foreign planet. Star Wars had more mass appeal because, true to the word “war” being in the title, it has stuff blowing up and lightsaber duels. Star Trek on the either hand, is true to the word “trek” being in the name. It’s mostly just the ship going from one place to another place, meeting new people and having conversations about cultural differences and stuff. So basically it’s like a show on the Travel Channel except set in space in the future.

J.J. Abrams was able to change that with his 2009 Star Trek reboot, though. He wisely made the characters younger, chose some people who can act, and had stuff blow up. As a result, it was a huge success. The online slot at Virgin Casino is based on Abrams’s version, featuring symbols from the movie, so there is a chance the game will have a mass appeal.

star-trek-slot09-1The Star Trek slot is a 5-reel game with 30 paylines. The game has a cool bonus feature. When you have a bonus symbol anywhere on the second and third reel and a Starfleet officer on one of the reels, that unlocks a bonus screen. You are taken to the transporter room and have to pick one of the transporter pads. After making a selection, you are given a number of free spins, which can be up to 250. If Captain Kirk is your officer, you get a Win Spin bonus, where you keep spinning for free until you win. All wins are tripled. With Spock, winnings are doubled for any wins that also feature Kirk. Uhura is the scatter symbol and Scotty is the multiplier. If you are doing free spins as Scotty, after the first five spins, the multiplier doubles in size, making the remaining spins more valuable.

If you are a fan of the Star Trek series, then you should check out this new game (also, in that case I apologize for everything I said about the show). If you’re not a Trekkie but liked the movie, it still might be worth checking out. If you don’t like any sci-fi stuff, then don’t worry; there are lots of other cool games at Virgin Casino.

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