If your happy place is filled with a relaxing atmosphere of calm and clouds of butterflies (sounds rather like the jungle tree tops to me) then you might mistake yourself for being heaven bound with NetEnt’s dreamy Butterfly Staxx slot game.
This 40 pay-line exercise in slot zen comes loaded with lucrative Butterfly Re-spins and 7 free games where you’ll see cocoons turn into flying money if Lady Luck smiles on your endeavours. If it’s a Ways to Win slot you are after, then you will need to head to something like the Avalon II slot or Thunderstruck 2.
The Butterfly Staxx is full of sumptuous graphics with dreamy butterflies in a balmy evening The setting is a winding river in the mountains with blossoming trees, and flitting fireflies. It’s a paradise for slot play.
The transparent reels allow you to view the peaceful surroundings and they help concentrates the eye on the main characters, the butterflies on show. All in all, the design is a bit of a corker! It reminds me of the Jumanji slot in many ways – lots of vibrant coulours set off against a dark background. Those designers know their stuff.
The background sounds are gentle insect noises and mystical piping- its pretty light stuff that doesn’t distract from the slot play. You’ll feel calm playing this game.
Butterfly Staxx is a 5 reel, 4 row and 40 pay-lines game for the blissfully relaxed among you- prepare for a moment of yogic calm (rather welcome to this primate after one of my usual secret mission packed days).
The highest value icon is the butterfly of the game’s title which can arrive stacked – now that’s worth a flutter or two!
The other high scoring symbols are three brightly coloured flowers. The Ace through Jack of the card deck are the lower value icons of the game in cool greens and blues. Ohmmmm!
The Butterfly Staxx’s Wild is a bright lotus flower with the word Wild across it. This Wild substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter which is a purple flower with the word Scatter emblazoned across it. They are leaving nothing to chance in this game.
It’s all very tastefully done with the kind of high quality drawings you might see in games like the Birthday slot from Elk Studios.
Right, lets cut to the chase shall we? Let’s talk extras.
When the central character, the butterfly, becomes stacked on a reel, the whole magnificent cloud flies and reassembles as far left on the reels as they can without touching another butterfly’s position, and they then become sticky, sparkling and flap their wings in place for the rest of this feature.
Each subsequent butterfly that lands gives you another free spin and this can keep happening until no new butterflies land on the reels, but all the while those butterflies are building up across them. Kerching!
Butterfly Free Spins
Land 3, 4 or 5 of the purple Scatter flower and you’ll set off a Butterfly Effect which in this case is the free spins feature where you’ll land on 5, 6 or 7 free games. During the feature the reels are solely covered in cocoons, and on each free spin some of these will hatch into butterflies. This activates the butterfly re-spins feature, flying to the leftmost position that’s free of the winged coin-makers. Sadly you can’t re-trigger the spins from within this feature.
The Monkey Verdict
For those of you that feel the need for relaxation at the end of a hard day, or to recover from some of the higher energy slots at MI8 (that’s what we call Monkey HQ), this game should appeal. The Butterfly Staxx slot is a low variance game so you should see more frequent (lower) wins. With that blissful atmosphere, original Butterfly Re-spins, and just enough free spin games this is a beautifully designed, entertaining game.