Microgaming has once again travelled to the far reaches of outer space to bring us another science fiction themed slot machine. StarDust is somewhat 'retro' in terms of it's look ad feel but it does have some interesting elements including the gem collection feature and the Radiant Re-spins.
StarDust is a five-reel, forty payline slot with four rows. The symbols and overall design are pretty basic but are set against a cosmic backdrop of planets and stars. The symbols include four gems - orange, yellow, green and blue and the standard 10, J, Q, K and A. The StarDust logo serves as the wild and can be a substitute for all other symbols. The galaxy symbol is also significant when it appears on reel three.
Whenever a galaxy symbol lands on reel three, it collects a maximum of one gem per reel from each of the other reels. These gems are added to the meter located to the right of the reels, and once it's full, you not only get a payout, but a minimum of ten and a maximum of thirteen free spins as well.
The free spins coincide with a 1024 payline reel structure, which means that you can earn wins as long as there are matching symbols on the adjacent reels, beginning from the left hand side. During the free spins the Radiant Re-spins are also in full effect.
Radiant Re-spins get you a free spin of reels four and five providing that you land a three symbol win and a free spin of reel five if you land a four symbol win. Free spins cannot be re-triggered during this round.
The gem collection feature is the key element of StarDust, which otherwise is quite a basic-looking slot. It might take a while to collect those gems, but when it finally does happen, it's definitely worth the wait!