Mon, Aug 5, 6:30pm by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:15am
You’ll see a dusky sky, along with the pinpoint glow of fireflies in the background of the pokie reels of Butterfly Staxx. While the unique symbols are nature-based, this NetEnt pokie game has a fantasy, slightly magical feel. The butterflies glow with their own pale-yellow light. They will come to life on the slot reels, flying into positions where your wins are biggest. Watch out for the flowers on the tree to the left of the reels. When the features kick in, these will bloom into glorious pink flowers.
The free spins game in Butterfly Staxx takes you to an earlier phase in the life of these delicate creatures. There is also a base-game feature where butterflies fill the reels progressively from the left. Here are the highlights of this medium variance slot:
You will hit a stack (full reel) of 4 butterflies reasonably frequently. When this happens, you get respins and a chance to hit big wins. The stacked butterflies, plus any more than appear individually on the reels, will come to life. They fly with a realistic animation to the left, landing on the leftmost available space.
Next, the reels spin again. Any additional butterflies also make their way left. You keep on spinning until you get a spin without any additional butterflies.
At this point, you would well have several stacked reels on the left. That will trigger all 20 win-lines. With prizes starting at just 2 of a kind, there is a lot of potential from this seemingly simple on-reel bonus.
Scatter symbols look like the flowers on the tree to the left of the reels, with the word ‘scatter’ on them. As usual you need 3 of them to trigger the main bonus feature. You get between 5 and 7 free spins for 3, 4 or 5.
You’ll then go to a screen where the regular symbols have disappeared. These are replaced by green pods. When you spin, some will stay a darker green, and others will glow. The glowing ones will then turn into butterflies, which flutter to the left, gradually filling the reels.
Butterfly Staxx will calculate wins after every spin – no waiting to the end as with the on-reel bonus. Those extra 2 spins for getting 5 of the scatters can be extremely valuable. You can’t retrigger this bonus, as there are no bonus symbols on the reels.
NetEnt use their larger standard grid for the reels, with 5 reels and 4 rows of symbols. There are only 20 win-lines crossing them, giving you a shot at increasing your coin size compared to many online pokies. Auto-play and max bet are offered.
There are wild symbols on the reels, these show a glowing flower. They substitute for everything except for the scatters. Butterflies are the key symbol, and the only symbols to pay from 2 of a kind from the left. Other higher paying symbols are red, purple and blue flowers.
Playing cards are used for the smaller wins. These are all in green hues, to fit with the natural feel of the pokie.
The background to the reels has the feel of a magical, slightly alien planet. Green dots of fireflies are set against a starry scene with mountains and oddly geometric plants.
On the reels the ghostly glow of the butterflies will catch your eye. These fly in a delicate, very realistic way, always fluttering to fill the gaps on the reels to the left-hand side. They are a glowing yellow colour, enhancing the fantasy feel of the game.
Flowers are the other main symbols. These have an alien feel. They are blocky, with yellow cores that contrast with their bold colours.
When you hit the butterfly spins bonus, things take an alien twist. As well as butterflies, you’ll find green larvae on the reels. The electronic music is like a mystic equivalent of elevator music.
With a unique glowing butterfly theme and some interesting variations on pokie features, Butterfly Staxx is certainly worth a spin. The theme is a cross between nature and mystical, with the alien pods of the free spins bonus adding an extra twist. On-reel stacked butterflies can get you respins and big wins at any time. It is the free spins where the best potential for wins lies. Here the larvae will hatch, and more butterflies are added to the game on every spin.