Like many slot games in the Net Entertainment catalogue, the design in Cosmic Eclipse is very well done – set against a backdrop of swirling gases and stars, the reels are made up of 6 different types of celestial object. The best of these is the ringed orange and red planet-like symbol – land 3, 4 or 5 of these on the same spin and you’ll pocket 5, 10 or 60 times your stake. There’s also a wild that replaces all other symbols apart from the Bonus.
That swirling Bonus symbol can appear on reel 5 only – when it does, you’ll trigger the Black Hole feature. 1 symbol on the reels on the triggering spin is chosen at random to become the ‘live’ symbol. All instances of that ‘live’ symbol plus any wilds are collected in the meter to the right of the reels and a re-spin is awarded.
If you land a wild or the ‘live’ symbol on that re-spin, they too are collected after the usual payouts have been made. These re-spins continue as long as a wild or ‘live’ symbols hits or you fill the meter with the maximum 15 symbols. Once the re-spins are completed, all of the collected symbols are dropped onto the reels to create a guaranteed winning combination. A final payout is the made with all the added symbols in position.
NetEnt has kept things simple here and it works well. Expect to trigger the Black Hole feature regularly. We found it a bit of a mixed bag on the action front – on occasions we collected just 3 symbols for a minor payout. Collect over 10 symbols and you can look forward to a pretty healthy award, especially if it features 1 of the higher value symbols – to the tune of 600 times your stake on each spin/re-spin.
The design here has a glossy look and is very well done. Likewise, the rich, layered soundtrack which has a slight futuristic feel. A sci-fi themed slot game from NetEnt with a single, regularly hitting feature? Remind you of anything? It’s not quite up to Starburst standards but Cosmic Eclipse is a very playable game. If you enjoy simple, space age action you’ll want to blast off with this.