On this day in 1957, the space race was ramping up and the Soviets made a massive breakthrough. They launched Sputnik 2, the first ever spacecraft to carry a living animal into the Earth’s orbit.
The dog in question, Laika, only lasted a few hours in space. But this mutt, originally a stray from Moscow, made history and is even celebrated with her own statue in the Russian Cosmonaut training facility.
So why don’t you celebrate space travel and Laika’s legacy by spinning the reels on some cosmically cool slots? Coral Casino has a whole host of ones to choose from, but here are some of our favourites…
Quickspin game Supernova has an innovative take on slot formats. Astrological and alien symbols abound in this revolutionary slot, which catapults players straight into outer space.
It’s got really high quality graphics and a trick up its sleeve. There are three main reels where you can rack up your winning combinations and then there are an additional two reels chocked full of multipliers and black holes.
The calm, almost hypnotic background is full of stars but if you land a win, it whips up into a frenzy. When you hit a winning combination on your core three reels, the second two reels give you the chance to multiply that win by up to 10x on each reel. But the max jackpot stands at an astounding 50x your stake.
Fire up Alien Hunter and you just might be in line for astronomical wins thanks to the video slot’s progressive jackpot. Designed by Playtech, this has a classic 5-reel, 20-payline format and follows a somewhat unlikely looking character on his travels across the universe.
This colourful, retro game has all the space-themed symbols you’d expect, including spaceships, aliens and the hunter himself.
But how do you get to the good stuff? Land three or more spaceship scatter symbols and you’ll be rewarded with up to 25 free spins and the chance to re-trigger more free spins as you play. Then if you unearth the alien egg symbol, you unlock a special bonus game. Collect other-worldly eggs and you’ll be treated to prizes and multipliers.
One of the best features of the game is the choose your own bonus round element. You unlock that feature once you hit three or more spaceman symbols. The two rounds to choose from include a skill game and a luck game. Which one should you choose? It all depends on your style of play. The skill game is a little tougher, but the payouts seem a little higher, whereas the luck game provides semi-frequent wins of a lower value.
And if you want a shot at the progressive jackpot, simply click the Enable button above the reels and pick five numbers, lottery style. Each subsequent spin costs a little more, but you’ll be in with a chance of taking down the progressive jackpot with every spin.
This sci-fi slot designed by Merkur Gaming revolves around the Blazing Star, aka the sun. It doesn’t have any fancy features, but what it does have is the chance to get red hot multipliers to maximise your winnings.
A five-reel slot with only five paylines and no wilds or scatter symbols, this game is super simple to understand. The symbols are all the traditional fruit ones, grapes, plums, lemons, oranges, cherries and watermelons, which makes the valuable sun symbol stick out.
Get five of those sun symbols on a payline and the payout is mighty. You get a scorching 100x your line stake. And if you fancy taking it to the next level, you can use the gamble feature at any time to double your winnings up to £140.