On the surface, Alien Hunter doesn’t look like anything all that special. The graphics can’t really be compared to any other poker machine as we’ve never seen anything like it, although it’s certainly safe to say that the symbols are all bold and colourful! As you’d expect from the name of the game, aliens are populous on the reels and they’re accompanied by playing card icons in the lower value pokies. Your role as the player is to join the Alien Hunter himself in pursuit of cash and you can find out how to do exactly that in the full review below or play it for yourself here on the page.
Game Type: Video Pokie
Win Lines: 25
Special Features: Free spins, alien eggs, Spaceman Bonus, progressive jackpot
Top Prize: Progressive pooled jackpot
There’s a certain retro motif to proceedings on Alien Hunter and this extends to the betting buttons at the bottom of the screen which slot nicely into the game without looking out of place. On the left of the controls is the pay table so you can see how your betting decisions are affecting the prize values and then it’s a case of deciding on lines, the bet per line and the coin value. The lines on Alien Hunter are capped at 25 but can be adjusted to suit your tastes, and then it’s time to spin.
The Alien Hunter has evidently been doing a decent job as there’s already an alien in a cage on the reels and he’ll help you out in turn by serving as the wild card. He’ll fill in for other aliens and playing card symbols but his value can be diminished slightly by there being so many feature symbols – three to be precise – which he can’t cover for.
The first of these feature symbols is the spaceship with our trusty Hunter at the controls. Three, four or five in view will award five, ten or twenty free spins respectively and this is about as basic as free spins bonuses get. There’s no multiplier although further appearances of the same scatter symbol can lead to additional spins being tacked on to your total.
Next up, you’ll be on the lookout for the alien egg on reels one and five. Hit both at once and you’ll head off to the snappily titled Alien Egg Bonus. The second screen experience is packed with eggs and you can keep shooting and discovering valuable aliens until you find the brain sucker – he’s clearly more powerful than his comrades as he’ll bring the round to an end.
Now, we move on to perhaps the most unique part of the Alien Hunter experience, the Spaceman Bonus. The triggering symbols aren’t technically scatters as you will need to line up three of them on an active pay line on the three central reels, at which point you’ll receive a choice. You can either go for the skill game, where the objective is to click six aliens in fifteen seconds, or the random version where there is no time limit but the game takes control of shooting. It can be worth getting comfortable with the skill based version as the returns are often higher.
Finally, Alien Hunter includes a jackpot lottery. Click the button above the reels to turn it on and your stake will increase a little to cover the cost of entry. Pick five numbers between one and 49 and your ticket is entered into a draw that takes place during every spin. Hit all five numbers and you’ll scoop the entire jackpot and there’s also a consolation for four numbers, paid at one percent of the total prize pool.
Game Culture’s Opinion
We’ll be honest and say that on first glance Alien Hunter looks like something that could have been designed by a child. It’s all the more surprising then that it’s actually one of the most genuinely action packed video pokies around. Few other games can boast a jackpot, free spins, and a skill game while only covering part of what’s on offer and that’s exactly what makes this so special. Take it from us, you’d do well to look past the visuals and concentrate on the quality of the underlying game!