Butterfly Staxx review
Butterfly Staxx forms a duet with Neon Staxx and is proudly presented by Netent, which, as a gaming provider, hardly ever lets you down. This series of Staxx is on the low end of the scale in terms of volatility so is likely to be played by beginners and moderate players. The selected theme in Butterfly Staxx is Mother Nature, with colourful flying insects and tropical flowers playing the main role. This is sure to go down well with environmentalists and nature lovers and the soundtrack is a pleasant change to bleeps and annoying sound effects. Just be careful not to doze off during gameplay as some may find it too spa-like and relaxing!
The graphics on show are also a Netent speciality, with blossoming flowers, fluttering wings and cocoons all participating in an ensemble of grace. A horizontal line of butterflies allows you to witness a barrage of wing-clapping and petal-apertures from left to right. Every additional butterfly appearing in the reels substitutes as a Wild symbol and can put you on track for a nice win as you can potentially benefit from multiple re-spins as long as you land at least 1 butterfly on every spin.
Any 3 scatters on any reel rewards you with 5 butterfly free spins, 4 scatters with 6 free spins and 5 scatters with 7 free spins. This feature consists solely of cocoons which substitute for fully-grown butterflies if active and, as per the re-spin feature, amass from left to right. Dormant cocoons do not offer any joy but the free spins feature almost always provides a nice payout.
Wild symbols replace all symbols except Scatter so the more the merrier. The lowest bet permitted on Butterfly Staxx is 40c with the highest peaking at €400. Although 3 or more Scatters activate a free spin round the absence of a proper feature bonus round reduces the anticipation factor, in my opinion. The enjoyment level of most Netent games is heightened by the thrill of reaching the bonus feature round where a whole new scenario unfolds and you are just itching to get to this stage. With Butterfly Staxx the adrenaline levels are somewhat dampened by the presence of active and dormant cocoons, which is great news to explain the evolution of butterflies to children but rather dull for the average slot player.
When compared to other game providers, Netent always have the edge when it comes to level of entertainment. The reason for this, in my opinion, is the win ratio, no matter how insignificant, which allows players the satisfaction of winning a few rounds every couple of spins. Then there is also the strike rate when it comes to feature rounds, in this case re-spins and scatters. You can relish the taste of achieving a higher level and get rewarded for it more often than not.
The Staxx concept is not very different to the Fairy Tales Collection, where certain symbols move from right to left and act as a Wild symbol but offer a fresh variance to a world of nature, neat graphics and a seriously mellow soundtrack which would not seem out of place during a massage session! As with most Netent games the spice of variety intertwines nicely with a solid product which has been designed to please the eye and have you clamouring for more. There are very few themes which have not been covered in some way or other by Netent but I am positive that they wil think of something else to inspire us with in the coming months and years. For now just sit back and unwind to the tune of Butterfly Staxx!