Can dolphins go interstellar? It depends on how many cans they’ve had. The fish with all the answers are taking our jackpots into the stratosphere as Lightning Box’s Dolphin Gold gets the Stellar Jackpots treatment. We still have the five reels and 40 paylines, the wonderfully articulated deep sea theme and the varied Free Spins feature. Only now we can launch into space to hit a Mini, Minor or Major Jackpot. A stellar jackpot, you might say.

Gameplay

The game design in the original Dolphin Gold online slot is superb – as it is with all Lightning Box releases. It is a joy to revisit this bubbling deep sea scene. Scampy crustaceans climb the towers of bubbles emanating from the seabed and lifting towards the surface. A hermit crab pops his eyes from behind an anemone from time to time. Our symbols include the majestic Manta Ray, the gentle Sea Turtle, exotic Fish and Seahorse, plus wavy-looking 9s through Kings to make up the aquatic numbers.

Our Stacked Dolphin Wild appears stacked on reels 2, 3 and 4, substituting for all symbols. Our eponymous Dolphins are taking the limelight in Dolphin Gold Stellar Jackpots, not only as our Wild symbols but also in place of Scatters.  During the Free Spins feature, detailed below, we not only enjoy Wild Blue Dolphins, but also Gold Dolphins, now appearing on reel 5 too.

Bonuses

Our Stacked Wild Dolphins are the key to the Dolphin Gold Stellar Jackpots Free Games feature. Landing six or more Stacked Wilds triggers the bonus round, with the number of free spins determined by the number of triggering symbols. This will be anywhere between 3-21, and now with Golden Dolphin Wilds across reels 2-5, we have even more to which we can look forward.

Even when we trigger the Free Games feature, we will still have our hearts set on triggering the Stellar Jackpot game, but all we can do to achieve this aim is to keep playing. The conditions are that we must play 48 coins across the game’s 40 paylines, but the actual triggering of the feature is random.

Once on board, we find ourselves shot out of the deep blue sea and into space. There we are up to our boosters in asteroids, satellites, planets, stars and alien spaceships in a level-based arcade-style shoot ‘em up. We must avoid blasting the mines to ensure our progress to the next level, achieving coin wins along the way. The last level is the money maker. There are no mines here, but we must match three of the same jackpots – the Mini, Minor or Major Jackpot – to win that prize. Our haul is dependent on our bet, so the more we stake, the higher our reward during the Stellar Jackpots bonus game.

Summary

The very word “Jackpots” in this game’s title means that our interest is piqued from the outset. It is the Mini, Minor or Major jackpot we seek, and the weird jolt from under the sea to deep space is rather entertaining. To the deep blue sea and beyond!