NetEnt have produced some cracking games over the last few years, we have already reviewed a couple of those in StarBurst and Gonzo’s Quest, but one that fluttered under the radar that was released back in 2018, was Butterfly Staxx.
This somewhat slower paced, more gentle game, may have been missed by many punters that were probably looking for something a little brasher, bolder and more in-your-face. However, that’s a pity as Butterfly Staxx was a cracking little slot.
Well now, NetEnt have got the lepidoptery bug again and in 2019, they released a sequel to the original game, appropriately called Butterfly Staxx 2.
A quick look at the game reveals that it has clearly been inspired by the look and sound of the original slot. This slower-paced, more gentle type of slot game may not be to everyone’s taste, but it does offer a fabulous change of pace to the more exciting and faster-paced games.
Part of what makes the game so appealing are the clever animations which kick in at various points in the gameplay, add to that a sizeable jackpot prize (300,000 coins, with the user able to define what the coin value is on the slot) and low to medium variance on the gameplay, and you have a slot that takes the original game and certainly moves it on.
Let’s now take a closer look at some of the key elements of the game and what makes Butterfly Staxx 2 well worth putting on your must-play list.
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- Name – Butterfly Staxx 2 Slot
- Released – 2019
- Theme – Butterflies
- Studio – NetEnt
- Reels – 5
- Reel Set Up – 4-4-4-4-4
- Pay Lines/Ways To Win – 40 lines
- Minimum Bet – $0.25
- Maximum Bet – $1250.00
- Jackpot – 300,000 coins
- Key Features – Re Spins, Wild Symbol, Butterfly Frenzy Bonus, Butterfly Spins Bonus
- Volatility – Low to Medium
- RTP – 96.35%
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Graphics & Sounds – 9/10
There’s no doubt about it, the same eye-catching visuals and sounds that were a key feature of the first slot in the series are also evident in the sequel too. The gentle, piano-based soundtrack is a perfect accompaniment to the game, which sees the reels set against the backdrop of a stone archway with plants swaying in the breeze either side of the 5×4 reel set.
The main controls of the slot are at the foot of the reels and you can decide upon your bet size, coin value and more here. The game is relatively gentle in the base game, but the music and animations kick up a notch when you trigger one of the bonus features in the slot.
There are lots of nice touches to discover in this game as you play along, which I will let you discover in your own time, but when all put together, this makes Butterfly Staxx 2 one of the most neatly and cleverly presented slot games of the last couple of years.
Gameplay – 9/10
A main part of what makes the Butterfly Staxx 2 slot so enjoyable is that the base game gameplay is very exciting. Part of that is the main bonus feature in this part of the game, the Butterfly Staxx Re Spin bonus.
This bonus is triggered when you land a full stack of four butterfly symbols on any of the five reels. When you do, the bonus triggers and any butterfly symbols landed on the reels immediately flutter to the left-hand side of the reels.
The remaining reels are then re-spun and if you land another butterfly on that re-spin, then it is added to those stacks of butterflies growing on the left-hand side of the reels. You keep re-spinning the reels and adding butterflies to the stacks until you land a spin without any more butterflies being added, after which you are then paid out.
The base game does offer a nice mix of lower value and mid value wins, but it is generally when you trigger one of the bonus features, either the butterfly respins above, or the two bonus games below, where the bigger value wins tend to be landed. Landing the Wild symbol on the reels can help land some of the larger wins in the base game.
Bonus Features – 8/10
Other than the base game bonus feature that we have outlined above, the Butterfly Staxx 2 slot has two additional bonus features that are accessed when you land three of the Scatter symbols on the first, third and fifth reels on the same spin.
When you do, you are given a choice of which bonus to play. There is the Butterfly Spins bonus or the Butterfly Frenzy bonus to pick from.
In the Butterfly Spins bonus, you will see cocoon symbols on the reels. These can be dormant or active. Any active cocoon symbols turn into a Butterfly symbol, which then migrates to the left of the reels.
What makes this feature special is that you have three sets of reels (each 5×4 in size) in play and you can land butterflies on all reel sets to land multiple wins. All butterflies collected remain on the reels until the end of the Butterfly Spins mode after which you are paid out.
The Butterfly Frenzy round is a simpler affair in that the player gets to select from golden butterflies on screen to reveal cash prizes which can increase the total amount won from the bonus. There are five stages in this bonus you can work through and each offers an increasing value in terms of coin wins.
If the first Butterfly Staxx slot was good, then the sequel is even better. Not only does it have a greater range of cash prizes to be won, it is equally if not more eye-catching than the original and has one extra bonus feature, while still retaining the playability that made the first slot so appealing.
Sure, Butterfly Staxx 2 is a change of pace from other slot games and it doesn’t sound the most exciting game, but this is a great example of how NetEnt have turned a seemingly bland and unappealing slot into one that is huge fun to play by clever use of the game design and mechanics.
If you enjoy slots that offer a re-spins bonus, and there are some other good games out there to try, then Butterfly Staxx 2 is one that more than matches them and is well worth a few spins.
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