Power Stars graphics
It’s no secret that we’re a sucker for a Vegas slot here at Slots Temple - that’s why we have a whole section devoted to fruit themed slots. What do they all share in common besides a fresh and fruity look? Playability and even more playability - which is a long-winded way of saying don’t judge a slot by its symbols.
Power Stars isn’t the prettiest looking slot at Slots Temple - if you love great animation and cutting-edge design, then see you at Gonzo’s Quest. But what Power Stars has is good old-fashioned gameplay and a simple spinning style that lets you relax into a rewarding session, imagining you’re either down the pub or walking into a casino on the Strip.
The look is most definitely classic fruit machine - bright colours and cartoon style fruits give the entire slot a brash and dynamic feel. The 5 reels are set against a lush red background, which definitely ups the energy, and winning combinations burst into flames.
The symbols are like a who’s who - or a fruit’s fruit - taken from classic slot symbology. Watermelon and grapes complete the lip-smacking fruit salad, while the big paying symbols are 7s and Bells.
One thing we really liked is the in-play explanation of the Power Star feature in the paytable info. This clear and concise animated graphic of the way the Power Star works proves that pictures really are worth a thousand words.
If you love all-singing, all-dancing 3D video slots, then visually Power Stars won’t be a slot you’ll be eager to play. But appearances can be deceptive - and for lovers of a classic fruit machine design, Power Stars will invoke a wave of nostalgia for simpler times.
How to play Power Stars
Power Stars doesn’t overcomplicate things with fancy bonus gameplay or hundreds of ways to win. Gameplay is quite simple - hit the gleaming green start button and you’re off and spinning. You’re also looking for winning combinations across any of the 10 winning paylines - that’s 3 or more symbols.
This is a slot that pays out in multipliers, with a top prize of 10,000 coins when you stake the maximum 100 coin total bet. Staking options range between 0.40 coins and 10 coins per line, giving a good minimum-maximum bet range for casual players and high rollers alike.
Power Stars is a pays both ways slot. That means for every spin you have twice the chance of winning. So, although you only have 10 paylines to play with, they pay out like 20. If you’re a fan of Starburst, it’s a feature you’ll know and definitely love.
Then there’s the Power Star feature itself. Land a Power Star on reels 2, 3 or 4 and they’ll expand to fill the reel and stay sticky through your respins. Again, it’s a feature that’s common to Starburst, but it’s what makes Power Stars well worth playing, because there are some very rich rewards to be had.
If you want to simplify the gameplay even further, there’s the autoplay feature. In fact, setting your line bets and getting going with Power Stars couldn’t be simpler, as everything is controlled from the clearly laid out menu. There’s a Max Bet option and you can choose to toggle sound on and off - much as we love the thunking reels and bleeping soundtrack of a classic slot, we’re glad you can opt to play without sound when it starts to get too much.
What’s the RTP of Power Stars?
The RTP of any slot represents the return to the player and is based on the return from betting £100 on a particular slot. It’s not a precise science - after all, any player riding their luck can hit and win a machine in a couple of spins - but it gives you a reasonable indication of the kinds of rewards you can expect from an online slot powered by RNGs (random number generators).
In the case of Power Stars, that’s a very precise 95.54%, which means that Novomatic calculates you’ll theoretically see a £95.54 payout for every £100 you gamble. That’s not a bad return for a medium/high volatility slot like Power Stars.
It’s easy to make comparisons with Starburst when it comes to the gameplay of Power Stars, but whereas the NetEnt classic is a low volatility game, here we’re playing with medium/high volatility.
Volatility is a concept that’s been around since those very first fruit machines. Put simply, it’s all about risk and return. The higher the risk of losing it all - and conversely of winning a life changing amount - the higher the volatility of the game. You could lose your bankroll in 10 spins or hang on and watch that jackpot drop after 150.
Starburst, as a low volatility slot, ensures plenty of smaller wins. Walk away with something close to the RTP for the game and you’ve done well. This style of play is great for the casual player and the newbie, or for anyone who likes a longer slots session.
Medium to high volatility slots like Power Stars deliver higher returns and better bonus action - take a look at the paytable.
Prepare to be frustrated when playing Power Stars as you wait for a decent win to drop. You’ll probably also go through some squeaky time as your bankroll continues to drop, but a jackpot doesn’t. But when the Power Stars twinkle and start to expand and lock on your reels, you’ll understand why some players love the adrenaline rush of playing at a higher variance.
Power Stars bonus features
At the heart of Power Stars, there’s a simple and truly dynamic bonus feature - the Power Star. This is the feature that unlocks the true potential of this otherwise standard vintage slot and elevates the gameplay into a true nailbiter.
Spin up a Power Star on any of the centre 3 reels and it expands and then locks in place, rewarding you with a free respin. Hit a Power Star on the respin and that too will expand and lock for another respin - then rinse and repeat. In fact, the Power Star feature can keep triggering until reels 2, 3 and 4 are filled with locked and loaded Power Stars for some staggering wins.
Yes, it’s the only bonus feature available. There are no pick and win side games or wheels of fortune awarding bonus spins and multipliers. But if you want the full enjoyment of standing in front of a cabinet in a bricks and mortar casino - or the local pub - then those kinds of features are an irrelevance and arguably they go against the pure slots play experience that the developers want to deliver. The bottom line is, this is classic Vegas slots play and the sheer simplicity is central to its charm.
Power Stars jackpot
There’s no progressive jackpot here, but there are some decent prizes that can receive a serious boost from the Power Stars feature.
Because this is a slot that plays in multipliers, it obviously favours the high rollers who are prepared to up the ante and stake the full 100 coins - or £100 if you’re playing with real money. In base gameplay, that delivers a maximum payout of 10,000 coins if 5 lucky 7s drop on a winning payline.
Factor in the Power Star feature and you’ll boost your potential payouts much higher, depending on how the symbols fall and if you can lock out those 3 central reels. But the Power Stars feature falls regularly enough to bring some rich and fruity rewards your way.
Like many slots from this developer, there’s also a gamble feature. It’s a straight red or black card gamble with a double or nothing reward. But if you love a bit of high volatility risk, then you might want to utilise this feature to drive your winnings still higher on the turn of a card.
Free spins on Power Stars
Power Stars doesn’t have a scatter symbol and therefore there are no free spins to play for. What’s on offer here are respins with expanding and sticky wilds that can offer some juicy payouts.
Think of it this way. When you play a game with a free spins bonus, you’ll need to land at least 3 scatter symbols in base gameplay to trigger the bonus. That can take a while to come around and if you’re playing the recommended 150 spins, it may only land once or twice. The beauty of the Power Stars feature is that you only need a single star to trigger a respin that has the potential for big rewards.
Add in the fact that the Power Stars feature spins up with much greater frequency and you’ll understand why games like Starburst and Power Stars are so popular with players. You may find this slot a bit of a plain Jane in the graphics department, but for sheer playability, it’s a beauty.
Power Stars free spins at online casinos
Games like Power Stars are frequently featured as a free spin slot at online casinos. That means you’ll be able to take advantage of the welcome bonus to play for real money with no risk.
Free spins are usually capped at a fairly low stake per spin - 10p is not uncommon - but when it’s as easy as signing up for an online casino welcome bonus, why not give them a spin?
There are two types of welcome bonus - the match deposit and the no deposit bonus. A match deposit bonus delivers anything up to a 100% match for your own money, though some casinos go higher. Effectively, that means that for every pound you deposit, you’ll get an extra pound to play with.
Of course, there are some strings attached, so it always pays to read the terms and conditions thoroughly. Most casinos will either place a maximum win limit on your free spins winnings or have wagering or playthrough requirements in place. This means that for every £10 of bonus cash, you’ll need to wager the same amount X times to be able to withdraw it - so if there’s a 20x wagering requirement, you’ll have to play through £200 to withdraw the bonus.
Of course, most casinos make it easy to get at your bonus in small amounts, but it pays to be aware of the terms and conditions. Otherwise, just enjoy the gameplay with some free money - or play entirely for free at Slots Temple, where you can simply start spinning for fun!
No deposit Power Stars slots
If the match bonus requires you to deposit your own money, the no deposit bonus does exactly what it says on the tin. The casino puts up a small sum of cash for you to play with, without you having to make a deposit yourself - there’s no surprise that this is popular with players and for that reason, it’s becoming a more common form of welcome bonus.
The great thing about playing slots with a no deposit balance is that you can have fun doing it without the pressure of risking your own money. Terms and conditions apply, of course, and any wins are most likely to be paid in bonus cash, where wagering requirements will apply, but you don’t have to withdraw your winnings if you’d prefer just to keep a bonus bankroll.
The other way you can play no deposit slots is by heading over to Slots Temple. You won’t need a deposit of any kind to play our thousands of slots for free.
Power Stars on mobile - iOS and Android
With the advent of true instant play slots, gaming is breaking free of the desktop and going mobile. If you love playing on mobile and tablet, then Power Stars is a great slot when you’re on the go. The lack of 3D graphics is a positive boon when your battery is on its way out and this little game looks great on pin sharp smaller screens, where some more graphically-detailed games can lose their lustre.
Power Stars has been optimised for HTML5, which is native to your mobile browser. What that means, in effect, is that Power Stars - or any other HTML5 slot - loads lightning fast because your browser simply renders the game screens on the fly. You don’t have to wait for a lengthy download that uses battery power and space on your storage. You really can just spin and go, on whatever device and whatever operating system you’re using.
Power Stars and virtual reality
Ever since Pokemon Go took the world by storm, gaming technologies have been flirting with the possibilities of virtual and augmented reality. There’s a particular buzz around VR in the casino gaming world, because of the possibilities to really deliver a Vegas style casino experience that enhances the UX for home players. Imagine playing Power Stars as if you’re standing at the machine, with all the sights and sounds of a casino on the Strip available to explore - if that excites your imagination, then you’ll love the future of slots.
Novomatic has been playing around with the possibilities of VR, launching the Sony PSVR experience last year. Players get to experience old school arcade games stunningly recreated as a VR experience. However, AR may be where Novomatic and the world of online slots is truly heading for its sheer user friendliness. There are no bulky headsets, just a mobile app that aligns real and virtual casino gaming in a way that hasn’t been seen before.
It’s an exciting development that could be the future for online slots, bringing the best of land-based casinos to the online version and vice versa. Whatever happens, with the widespread adoption of VR and AR technologies, the future of online slots looks super exciting.
Power Stars free play
At Slots Temple, you know we’re huge fans of the free play experience. We believe that there’s no other fun and hassle-free way to really get to the heart of a slot than by playing it for free and really testing out all its features. After all, if you’re by nature more conservative when it comes to laying your line bets, what better opportunity to amp it up a little without risk. And for the high rollers, it’s a chance to assess how the volatility and RTP of a slot behaves under real world conditions, but without having to wager a bankroll to find out.
We recommend the 150 spin experience - and if you don't have the time, we’ll do it for you - to really get to grips with the way a game plays out. With Power Stars, that means learning the mechanics of the Power Star respins play, getting to grips with where your win lines are and playing with different stake options. We’d always recommend that you set a line bet that you’d be happy to play for real money, to get the best experience.
Of course, every slot is different, which is why giving them a thorough stress test using free play is a good way to work out all the kinks. A slot you’ve been dying to play might turn out to be a disappointment after 100 or so spins, whereas a slot like Power Stars can really surprise you with its fast and furious gameplay. And with the autoplay feature, you can let the game do all the work!
Another good tip is to make a note of the slots you really like and then use the handy games by the same maker feature, to search for more games with the same style of gameplay that you’re pretty certain to enjoy. If you enjoy a particular theme, then you can search in that way too. And that’s the joy of free play slots - there are so many variations and themes and styles of gameplay out there, you’re sure to find something you enjoy - it’s a far cry from the old 3 reel Liberty Bell, but you’ll even find slots like Power Stars that pay homage to its beautiful simplicity.
Power Stars: the 150 spin experience
We mentioned that we’ll undertake the 150 spin experience on any slot because we know some of you are busy people and don’t have time to spend all day gaming - it’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it…
The first thing about Power Stars is that it loads fast to have you up and spinning in an instant. That’s where streamlined graphics have a real advantage over 3D and animated slots. So for us, it makes Power Stars that ideal game for a few cheeky lunchtime spins.
Setting your options is straightforward, thanks to the clearly laid out menu buttons and all the info you need on the paytable, and the Power Stars feature just a click away. There’s a wide range of staking options, but we set ours at 20.00 which we think is a fairly reasonable stake for this slot, even if we were playing for real money.
The first thing to say is that you better like fruit, because you’ll be seeing a full fruit salad’s worth in this game. This is medium/high volatility slots play, meaning that you can spin for quite a while and watch your balance dwindle without any prospect of a win and then, bam, the Power Stars start to drop and your balance looks more than healthy.
We managed a few decent gameplay wins on 4 and 5 in a row, but they averaged about one every 15 spins. Where you really score in this slot is with the Power Star feature, which landed 5 times over our 150 spin experience. Twice the respin failed to produce any winning combinations, but we made 1,530 coins including one big payout when all three centre reels were locked and loaded with Power Stars. We ran out with a balance of 1860 coins which was far in excess of the stated RTP, but those RNGs make any kind of strategy impossible, so play for the fun and enjoy the wins when they fall.
If you enjoy Power Stars, you’ll love…
Power Stars is a great retro slot and there are a few of them out there - we have a whole section of Slots Temple dedicated to fruit machines and their spin offs. So if you liked Power Stars, we think you’ll really love these suggestions.
The classic from NetEnt shares DNA with Power Stars, but overall, it’s a slicker game with some really attractive graphics. But if respins and pay each way are features you want to play more of, Starburst is a great choice.
Another high volatility Novomatic slot, Katana looks gorgeous, with its Japanese Samurai theme. The Shogun bonus awards you 10 free spins and there’s the familiar gamble feature to boost your payouts.
Plenty on Twenty
This slot takes the same graphics and theme as Power Stars, but substitutes all-singing, all-dancing animated fruits and a scatter and wild gameplay structure. Though this is your basic fruit machine, the graphics definitely take it to the next level.
With its Eastern theme, transparent reels and glossy fruits, this BetSoft slot features expanding and sticky wilds and a generous 200,000 coins top payout. It’s like Power Stars, but with a more chilled-out soundtrack and gorgeous graphics.
Break Da Bank Again
If you loved Microgaming’s Break Da Bank, you’ll love this absolutely cracking sequel. This version lobs up to 20 free spins and a huge 25x multiplier into the pot, plus a top prize of 1500 coins. You’ll feel rich just by spinning those reels filled with bullion and other goodies!
Book of Ra Magic
The daddy of high volatility slots, every player should have at least a few spins on the mighty Book of Ra. Book of Ra Magic adds expanding symbols into the winning formula and looks every bit as brilliant as its predecessors in the series. These games look great and play even better.
If you love the classic Vegas gameplay, but can’t afford to hop on a plane right now, Crazy Vegas might be the next best thing. Harking back to the classic Vegas of the Rat Pack and the original Ocean’s 11, the 5 reels of this slot are packed with showgirls and Elvis impersonators. Free spins and multipliers boost your winnings fast - who knows, maybe you’ll earn enough to hop on that plane after all.
Bally is one of the oldest names in slots and the firm is closely associated with Vegas, so it’s maybe no surprise that it would choose a Vegas theme for a 5 reel, 40 payline slot. With innovative directional wilds to make your fortune, this slot is the next best thing to being there - and what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
With its unique match 5 format, cascading symbols and 4 bonuses, this Play N Go slot has uniquely addictive gameplay. Cute, quirky and with no paylines to keep track of, this could be what the future of the fruit machine looks like. Whatever, it’s a brilliantly fun game with plenty of playability.
Up to 7
This is Merkur’s fiery take on a classic Vegas slot and it burns up the screen. With dramatic graphics and gameplay, this lucrative 3 reeler offers a top prize of 3000x. Like Power Stars, Up to 7 looks deceptively simple, but has some hidden depths that make it a must spin slot.
Power Stars review
Do you ever feel like you have a gaming itch that you need to scratch? If your real love is the classic Vegas slot machine, then Power Stars will have you spinning those reels in this fast and furious slot.
So the graphics may be nothing to write home about, but beauty is only skin deep. This little jewel has definite hidden depths that all revolve around that simple, but oh so lucrative, Power Star feature.
Fans of Starburst will recognise the game mechanics, and that game has a lot more finesse. But Power Stars is all about classic Vegas - the tinny electronic babble of the one armed bandits, the thunk of the reels and the big old fist pump when you land a big old payout.
Set autoplay to on and you can rip through 150 spins in no time - Power Stars is a slot that doesn’t hang about. With every spin, you also get the option for a red/black card gamble to boost your winnings even further. When the central three reels lock in place with wild Power Stars, you know you’re guaranteed a big payout.
If you love the bells and whistles of the 3D slots, then this game won’t immediately appeal to you. And yet, we believe it’s packed with so much good old-fashioned fun that everybody will get a kick out of a few free spins.
Whether it takes you back to Sin City or your local, Power Stars is a powerful exercise in nostalgia that reminds you that a slot doesn’t have to have a narrative or immersive gameplay to be sheer good fun. It’s a definite winning spin from us.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Novomatic is hands down one of the biggest gaming technology companies on the planet. In 2017 alone, it pulled in a €2.5 billion profit - not bad for a company that started up in 1980 in Austria, hence the presence of the legendary Niki Lauda in the company’s promo video.
This is a company that spreads its net wide with electronic and land-based casino, sports books and lottery gaming. It also has an innovative responsible gambling approach, with AWP machine operations to protect young and vulnerable gamers.
The firm also produces linked and standalone progressive jackpot games, plus some of the best loved online slots including the brilliant Book of Ra series that basically wrote the book on how to put together a high volatility slot. The acquisition of Greentube Internet Entertainment Solutions allowed the company to move cross sector from land-based to online slots with ease. And while Novomatic’s games are definitely of the ‘if it aint broke…’ school, players love them for the opportunities for some seriously big payouts.
So why should you play Novomatic slots? The firm’s global empire and enormous fanbase means it must be doing something right, even if it can’t compete on graphics with some of the other big boys. Solid traditional gameplay accounts for a lot of the appeal and its moves into VR and AR demonstrate that this is a company with one eye on the future.
Power Stars FAQ
Can I play Power Stars for free?
Yes you can. Load up Power Stars at Slots Temple, and enjoy as many free spins as you want.
Does Power Stars have free spins?
Power Stars doesn’t have a scatter symbol, so you won’t win free spins. Instead, the Power Star bonus offers up to 3 respins with expanded and sticky wilds to deliver some huge payouts.
Can I win real money when playing Power Stars?
Yes you can, by signing up to an online casino, and you may even find an online casino offering free spins on Power Stars. All you need to do is sign up for your welcome bonus, and you’ll be credited with your free spins which are usually between 10p and 20p. Always check the terms and conditions, so you know what wagering requirements or payout caps apply.
Do you have any Power Stars tips or cheats?
It’s important to understand that all online slots are powered by RNGs and have to be regularly audited to prove they are fair and random. That means that any strategies you may come across are useless.
What we would say is to play for fun and not as a lifestyle choice - never gamble with the rent money! Set a daily/weekly/monthly betting limit and don’t cross the line - whether you’re winning or losing, never go beyond your limit. You’ll end up chasing losses or spinning away your profits. Instead, be prepared to walk away and split your winnings 50/50 between your bankroll and your bank account. And when the fun stops, stop.
Can I play Power Stars with no deposit?
Yes you can. Just find a casino offering a no deposit welcome bonus and sign up to qualify for the bonus, remembering to check the terms and conditions for any wagering requirements. Otherwise, you can simply visit Slots Temple and play all your favourite slots with no deposit required.
Can I download Power Stars slots?
There’s no need to download Power Stars. As an HTML5 slot, it’s fully optimised for mobile play on your smartphone and tablet, whether you’re an iOS or Android user. That means you’ll enjoy instant play for all your favourite mobile slots.
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