Cosmic Voyager: Slot Overview
Some far-out there thinkers have postulated that the pyramids of Egypt were built not by earthlings, but beings from another planet. Such is their mystical nature and the seeming impossibility of ancient people constructing something so colossal without the aid of machines. Whatever the truth might be, the pyramids' pinpoint alignment with the stars does suggest a connection to the universe. That leads us into Thunderkick's cosmologically minded slot Cosmic Voyager. Add a dash of Starburst alongside a pinch of Ancient Egypt via the vaguely Book of Ra-ish features, and you've got a broad gist of Cosmic Voyager.
Cosmic Voyager’s action takes place on a conventional 5 reel, 10 payline grid. From there, things get a little more bizarre. Not so much the background, which is made up of galaxies, swirling nebulas, and cosmic dust. It's more the golden guy above the reels, draping his arms around them. Presumably, this is the cosmic voyager? Most probably, but he looks like a golden version of Doctor Doom, maybe there's a bit of Silver Surfer mixed in too. His mask appears on the reels as the highest value premium, so you'll want his mug to show up as much as possible.
Cosmic Voyager is a slot available on any device, from desktop to mobile, favouring those who like a challenge. Players select stakes from a wide range of options starting at 10 p/c rising to £/€100 per spin. It won't be plain sailing through the stars due to the highly volatile math model, something that goes hand in hand with the all or nothing nature of the expanding symbols feature as you will see. As mentioned, full-screen wins are certainly possible, and indeed the chance of them occurring is enhanced by the way features function. RTP is more down to earth, in a good way, its 96.14% figure hovering slightly above average.
Thunderkick has divided the ten regular pay symbols into three categories – low, medium and high. Lows consist of five planetoids, in purple, blue, green, pink, and orange colours which payout when at least three or more land on a payline. Mids are an icosahedron, a cube, then a pyramid, while the two high pays are stars and masks. All mids or high-value symbols pay out when two or more of a kind land. At most, lines of five mids are worth 20-30x the bet, while five of the two high pays are worth the considerable amount of 100-250 times your stake.
Cosmic Voyager: Slot Features
Cosmic Voyager's key feature is its expanding symbols mechanic, available in both the main game and in the triggered round of free spins where it receives a useful twist.
Landing a fully stacked regular pay symbol on the first reel activates the Expanding Symbols feature. Here, any matching symbols on the remaining 4 reels, that are part of a winning combination on a subsequent reel, also expand to cover their respective reel. At most, players can pocket 2,500 times the stake should they land a full screen of the top symbol.
Keep an eye out for the Cosmic Voyager logo symbol. This symbol is both wild and scatter. As a wild, the logo can substitute for any other symbol to complete a winning combination in the base or bonus game. Landing 3 of them awards 10 free spins as well as an xbet payout, giving you 2x, 20x, or 200x for 3, 4, or 5 scatters respectively. If 3 or more scatters land during the bonus game, then 10 more free spins are added to the total - with no limit.
In the bonus game, landing just one or more mid or high pay symbols on the first reel causes them to expand to become fully stacked. This thereby triggers the expanding symbols feature covered above. It probably goes without saying, but the Cosmic Voyager symbol never expands.
Cosmic Voyager: Slot Verdict
Cosmic Voyager is a game that lives up to its name, giving players a bit of galaxy-themed action to work through. Its graphics might appear a little basic, but like its features, they have no problem getting the job done. As in many of the games from this studio, Cosmic Voyager has a distinctly Thunderkick look, all of its own, bolstered by slick animations and effects. There's a touch of Starburst going on, although it is a little hard to avoid the comparison when hosting a 5 reel slot out in the universe. To help differentiate the two, we get planets and unusual geometric shapes instead of gems. There's also a bit of a mystical vibe to the gaming, largely provided by the masked main character who adds a bit of intrigue to set the mood.
As far as the gameplay is concerned, it's pretty conventional for the most part with some similarities to their previous slot Sword of Khans. Letting mids or highs payout on two of a kind or higher ensures the hit rate keeps ticking over and plays well with the expanding symbols feature. On the whole, Cosmic Voyager is a nice alternative to 'book of' style expanding symbol features, if you're after something similar yet a little different. Both types offer full reel symbol mechanics where the ultimate goal is filling screens.
For some straight forward highly volatile gaming with features that can blow up, Cosmic Voyager is worth taking the time to try. Especially if you're a fan of uncomplicated pacey gaming, expanding symbols, and potentially solid full screen wins.
A flair for the dramatic elevates Cosmic Voyager above its otherwise somewhat monotonous gameplay.