Butterflies are one of the most amazing creatures in the world. With their wide wings and vivid colours they are a constant reminder of how wonderful everything can be, but also, that everything is temporary and that you should live every moment, because time can’t be brought back. The phrase ‘butterfly effect’ is used to describe small, and seemingly unimportant events which can have tremendous impact and cause something far greater and more significant.
Numerous poets, writers and other authors have been inspired by the awesome creature that is the butterfly. Developing and designing casino games, especially slots, is also a very artistic type of work, and if you’ve ever played a NetEnt game, you certainly understand what we’re saying. Butterfly Staxx is a slot game that follows in the proud tradition of one of the leading slot developers, with astounding graphic effects and enticing gameplay features. Butterfly Staxx was released in June 2017.
Graphically, Butterfly Staxx is all about nature. The reels are transparent, the symbols fall onto them and there’s no visual border or outline between the grid and the rest of the reels. You will see a tree, plants and mountains in the background and the symbols feature lively-coloured flowers which would attract every butterfly.
The music and the sound effects are non-intrusive and is well matched with the graphic elements. There are, of course, animated features. It is usual for symbols to ‘come to live’ after a winning spin or when a bonus is activated and that is the case in this game as well.
The game has a 5 by 4 grid (5 reels and 4 rows) and there are 40 paylines. All paylines are automatically active, but players are free to increase the number of coins per payline and the coin value. The minimum amount is one coin per payline and the minimum coin value is one penny. That means that you can play the game for as little as 40p per spin. However, you may wager up to a maximum of £1 per coin and 10 coins per line, so the maximum stake would be £400.
In addition to the play button, there’s an auto play and a max bet button, which is pretty much the norm for NetEnt slots. If you click on max bet the reels will automatically spin for a £400 stake, whereas with the auto play, you can choose the number of spins, so that you won’t have to click play every time. The maximum jackpot in the main game is x60.
This game has 8 standard symbols, a scatter and a wild. The standard symbols are divided, understandably, into two groups – symbols of lower value and symbols of higher value. The first group includes 4 card symbols – Jack, Queen, King and Ace, there’s no 10. All symbols are a different shade of green in order to match the theme. You’ll need at least 3 symbols across a payline, starting from the leftmost reel if you want to get a prize. For three symbols, regardless if it is 3 Jacks, Queens, Kings or Aces, you will get 5, 4 symbols will result in a payment worth 10 coins, and if you’re lucky enough to get 5 symbols, you will receive 20.
Next we have more valuable symbols, three flowers and a butterfly. There’s a blue, a purple and a pink flower. The butterfly is the only symbol for which you can get a payment even if there are only two symbols, but it’s only 2 coins. For 3 butterflies you will get 15, for 4 – 30, and 5 butterflies activate a 60-coin payment. The prizes for the flower symbols are – 10 coins for 3 symbols, 20 for 4 and 40 for five symbols.
The scatter symbol, which represents blossoming flowers with the word ‘scatter’ across activates free spins, and the wild cam be a substitute for any symbol except for the scatter.
With an RTP as high as 96.80% this slot is superior over most other NetEnt slots, and slots in general. Any percentage above 96.50% is quite good, and in this case it is actually closer to 97%. You can be certain that your chances of winning will be as fair as possible.
The free spins game, called Butterfly spins is activated whenever there are at least 3 scatter symbols on the reels. With 3 scatters the number of free spins is five, whereas if you get 4 scatters you will be entitled to 6 free spins. You will receive 7 free spins for 5 scatters.
During the free spins, all symbols on the reels are cocoons, but some of them turn into butterflies. The number of cocoons that turn into butterflies may vary. Once the cocoons turn into butterflies, the symbols will move through the reels, usually they will occupy the leftmost and the second reel first. The butterfly symbols will remain in position during the next spin and by the last free spin, there will already be more than few butterflies, which can result in some pretty hefty payouts.
If you see the most valuable symbol, the butterfly, appear stacked on one of the reels, then the re-spin mode will be activated. During the re-spin, the butterflies will remain on the reels, which increases the chance of forming a winning combination during the next spin.
Butterfly Staxx is another example of what NetEnt is capable of, both in terms of graphics, as well as gameplay. The game is both playful and playable and once you get to activate the free spins mode, you can count on some pretty massive winnings.
Embrace the beauty of nature in the Butterfly Staxx online slot game from Net Entertainment
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