Five Star Power Reels (Red Tiger): Review
It is worth observing that, rather than using its newly acquired Megaways license to bring one of its old classics back to life, Red Tiger has decided to come up with an original concept known as "Power Reels". As the first in a series of upcoming slots to undergo the transformation, Five Star was originally released back in 2016 and was marketed as "a slot that looks and feels like a classic fruit slot with the exception of the Five Star symbol".
Basically, what they've done in the remake is to make everything bigger by expanding the grid while also significantly increasing the potential. Fundamentally, that's what the Megaways concept comes down to as well, only it's presented in a more sophisticated and player friendly way. What you get in Five Star Power Reels is a rather odd setup of 8 reels, 5 rows and 5 paylines that pays both ways. The number of paylines may seem unusually low for such a massive grid, but extra reels mean extended line hits of up to 8 symbols per line.
In terms of features, these are the same as before. You have the Repeat Spin feature that will repeat your winning spin a random number of times, effectively re-awarding the win up to a maximum of 10 times the initial value. Then there is the Five Star Instant Win feature that awards cash prizes of up to 1000 times your stake. The slot can be played on any device, including mobile devices and tablets, from 10 cents to 10€ per spin.
Designed to look like a classic fruit slot machine, the gameplay in Five Star Power Reels is backed by an electro synth-based soundtrack that only plays when you spin the reels. Set in what appears to be a land-based casino, symbols on the reels include cherries, lemons, oranges, plums, grapes, and watermelons. The most rewarding is the flaming lucky 7 giving you 200 times your stake for 8 on a full payline.
Five Star Power Reels (Red Tiger): Features
In terms of features, Five Star Power Reels is a rather basic slot with no traditional free spins round to trigger. Instead, much of the focus is on the Repeat Spin feature which may (or may not) trigger following any win. When it does, your winning spin will be repeated and re-awarded a random number of times up to a maximum of 10 times the initial win value.
Keep an eye out too for the Five Star logo symbol as these can award you a Five Star Instant Win cash prize - 3, 4 or 5 in view will give you 25, 100 or 1000 times your stake respectively. Moreover, there is also a chance for a Repeat Spin here as well, which means there's potential for wins of up to 10,000 times your stake.
Five Star Power Reels (Red Tiger): Verdict
While Five Star Power Reels is a decent remake that has all the elements necessary to make it a relevant slot by today's standards, it still suffers from the same flaws as before. Not only does the overall design look painfully generic and dated, the features are also too weak to carry the game. Not only that, the Repeat Spin feature tends to get a bit annoying at times as it triggers/teases on every single win, including the very smallest ones. With that said, it can come to good use. The key to unlocking the potential here is to land 4 or 5 Five Star symbols and hope for as many Repeat Spins as possible. As mentioned, this can lead to massive wins of several thousand times your stake.
When all is said and done, however, Five Star Power Reels is not a game we'll be coming back to. With such dry gameplay and messy looking reel set, it's hard to imagine anyone returning to grind this slot for the sake of being entertained, and while the boost in potential undoubtedly helps save this remake from total disaster, there's simply too much left to be desired, unfortunately.
While the gameplay elements in Five Star Power Reels are solid for the most part, the slot lacks any real personality or lasting appeal.