At first glance, What on Earth, a 5 reel, 9 pay line game from Microgaming, might seem like one of those slots that is a bit dated and could stand to undergo an update. Once you look a little closer, though, you will realize that this cool slot actually has enough unique bonus features to rival some of the newer games on the market. These include a wild symbol, multiple scatter icons, a ”Beam ‘em Up Contest” bonus, and a ‘destination bonus.’
When you first load this game up you might just repeat the title of the game to yourself as you see the unusual symbols that greet you. Among these are a green asteroid, an orange planet in the shape of the same fruit, a burning cherry, a watermelon planet with mini watermelons in its orbit, a rocket, and a spaceship control panel. Yes, it’s all a little bit crazy, but it’s also quite fun! The effects and music nicely complement the icons, creating an experience that’s very unified and solidly-crafted on the whole.
Your journey into the cosmos gets underway when you make you make your bet and then click on the ‘spin’ button. You may bet as much as $45 and as little as one penny. The most that you can win in a single spin is 7,500 credits. This occurs when five ‘what on earth’ icons come up on a pay line that has been activated. The same symbol serves as the wild symbol; it can replace the control panel and the alien waving through the window.
The red rocket, blue spaceship, and green flying saucer all serve as some kind of scatter symbol. Three of any of these on adjacent reels will multiply your initial credit bet by three, while four and five red rockets multiplies your bet by 25 and 100, respectively. The scatter symbols are also your ticket to the ”Beam ‘em Up Contest” bonus, and a ‘destination bonus.’ Your goal in the former is to send as many earthlings into outer space; the aim in the latter is pick the earthling that will multiply your bet by 400.