Here we go with another animated cartoon Aliens game, Galacticons, listed under Microgaming games directory but not by them. Not a new game, not an old one either, and playing with 243 ways to win makes it a fairly recent game. The Aliens look happy enough, but aren't that interesting to look at. The card symbols are again the same ones as used in a few other games from the original game provider, such as 'In It To Win It', 'Sovereign Of The Seven Seas' and 'The Joy Of Six', amongst others. Not a very pleasing overall presentation, I would say, and I particularly don't like the Wild and the Scatter symbols not having the 'WILD' and the 'SCATTER' words on them. This causes a slight confusion and uncertainty when playing the game for the first time.
The blue Milky Way is the Wild symbol, a dumb symbol that doesn't pay anything for itself, but at least it doubles all wins with it and substitutes for other symbols except for the Scatter and Bonus symbols. Nope, it doesn't become stacked or expanded either. The Sun is the Scatter symbol, paying 100x the total bet for getting 5 of them, and getting 3 or more of the Suns trigger the Big Bang Feature game, a Free Spins game by another name. There are no other feature games available and this sucks. As for the other symbols, the Red Alien pays 16.6x, the Blue Alien pays 13.3x, the Purple Alien pays 10x, the Spaceship pays 6.6x, and the rest pay from 3.3x to 2.5x, all per total bet for getting 5 of each kind. A very low paytable, even for a 243 ways to win game.
When 3 Scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels, 10 free spins without any multiplier is triggered. A purplish Black Hole symbol appears randomly on one reel for each free spin, acting as an extra Wild symbol. It substitutes for other symbols as the main Wild symbol does. During the free spins, any adjacent Aliens to the Black Hole are captured and paid either 1x, 2x, 3x or 5x the total bet for each of them. Capturing the Sun adds +1 free spin, and capturing the Milky Way doubles all wins for that current spin. The Free Spins game cannot be retriggered. Argh!
As mentioned earlier on, I do not like the Milky Way and the Sun symbols not having their respective indicators for being a Wild and a Scatter symbol. The Free Spins game offers only 10 free spins without any multiplier, unless that Black Hole captures a Milky Way, but only that one spin gets all the wins doubled. All others are not, so the payouts aren't ever going to be good or big. My 2 Free Spins games paid wins of 39x and 40x my bet amount, not too bad but not good enough either. I doubt if any good big wins can be achieved, and I cannot imagine what the maximum possible win could be either. There's no mention of this in the paytable, but I can bet is isn't going to be a good one.