Hypernova Radial Reels

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Introducing Hypernova Radial Reels slot

Hypernova Radial Reels from the Australian developer ReelPlay is another exploration of their reel arrangement however instead of adding reels as they have done with the Infinity Reels range, they have made the decision to use a circle styled design to provide some explosive action. This is a rather brave move as circular reels are not new but have yet to have a big following. The question is can Hypernova Radial Reels prove it is worthy of its name, if you fancy the chances read on to see.

Theme and Design

When you first see the title of this slot it may make you think of other ReelPlay space slots such as Hypernova Megaways, as do the visuals this slot produces. This slot enjoys a similar background to Hypernova with a swirling blue cloud of gas to the left and a swirling red cloud of gas to the right. If you are au fait with the other slot the audio may also seem similar as the cosmic orchestra comes together to providing a rousing theme and completes the connection not only between the two slots but also finishes the theme of this slot perfectly.

Bet & Play options

Once you have the introduction out of the way you will see that things cease to become familiar as the game play for this slot takes place using the developers new mechanic which they have hailed as the Radial Reels. These reels are depicted by using three circles that each have 12 segments. For every spin you action 12 symbols fill each of the rings meaning that there are 36 in play all the time. There are 12 pay lines in use with this slot and winnings occur when you match three or more of the same symbols on one of them. It is possible to land combinations of up to six of the same symbols if you land matching symbols on the pay lines that sit directly opposite one another.

When it comes to placing your bet these settings also come in multiples of twelve and although it may appear a little strange to begin with it means that you can bet from as little as 12p per spin up to a maximum of £9.96 per spin. The slot is available to play using any device which is ideal particularly if you like to play on the go.

The return to player offered with this slot is decent as it stands at 96.26% and this will increase if you decide to use the bonus buy option to a solid 97.3%. The official figures state that this slot has a hit rate of 1 in every 3.77 however it can seem as though you wait for a lot longer, this is probably due to the time it takes to fill the three rings with symbols. The developers have rated this slot as having a volatility that sits between medium and high.

Symbols & Winning

When it comes to the pay table you will see that there are 10 regular symbols in play which are represented by a variety of different coloured gem. The highest paying symbols are the orange and gold gems, diamonds, and hearts. Landing six of the same symbols will see you rewarded with between 16.67x your stake up to 33.33x your stake. This is where the wild can step in and help as it can substitute for all of the other game symbols apart from the scatter giving you a win possibility of 41.67x your stake for landing 6 wilds on the same line, the wilds also play a major part in the free spins feature which we will look at next.

Features

Hypernova Radial Reels makes use of the cascade feature which becomes active after every win. The winning symbols explode, and new ones then fall into the gaps. Technically you can land you can land consecutive winners from a single spin, although it is unlikely that you will land two or more wins at the same time. When no new symbols appear, the sequence comes to an end and the spins then take place. The scatter is the Hypernova symbol and if you land three on the same line running from one side of the reels to the other the bonus game becomes active. This bonus begins with four free spins plus a wild multiplier starting from 1x. Every time a scatter appears the free spins re-set to four and the multiplier increases by x1. If you get lucky and collect 12 scatters you will be rewarded with the maximum multiplier of 300x your stake, however if this does reach the 300x, the scatters are removed from the game and there are no further chances to reactivate the feature.

When it comes to the features there are a couple of details you need to be aware of, firstly the free spins can be activated more than once per spin if the reels cascade and another trigger is landed and the free spins can be activate more than once if you land three or more scatters on separate pay lines, and if this does happy each free spin is played consecutively.
Where possible you will be given access to the bonus buy feature and this will cost you 66.67x your stake, however you are guaranteed that the next spin will contain at least three scatters and there is also a one on twenty five chance of landing two free spin features when using the bonus buy.

Conclusion

Hypernova Radial Reels is the sort of game that you must play to really get a handle on it and how the game plays out. The best way I can describe it is a mixture of Hypernova Megaways and Avatars Gateway Guardians from Yggdrasil. It would be fair to say that these could be used as an indicator to whether this is the right slot for you.
Amongst the best things is that the feature buy is reasonably priced and the statistics are solid although a couple could do with some improving in particular the base game as this does seem a little under par, it ticks along ok but winning seems to be a distant feature and all you seem to be doing is watching the rings as they fill up with anything other than what you are looking for, and what does not help is that there is only 100x your stake on offer as winnings in the base game.

When it comes to the free spins things can change incredibly quickly and the potential gets to as high as 25,000x the stake, obviously this is not a given but it nice to think of the big wins particularly if they are coupled with crazy multipliers. Just remember that the win multiplier only comes with wins that include the wild, but I did find that there were a huge proportion of them.
There is no doubt that this slot and game mechanics will not be for all players and I think you will either love it or you will not, it really is that simple, and big up to ReelPlay for being brave enough to try something completely new.

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