For slot play that raises you into the realm of the celestial bodies and provides a chilled out universal vibe to your game play, then Next Gen’s Starmania might be as zen as you can get while making a buck! These are the guys and gals behind blockbuster games like the King Kong Fury slot and Foxin’ Wins – with this kind of pedigree, we were expecting something good from their celestial slot.
But Starmania doesn’t just serve up a laid back atmosphere; this is a game with a lucrative bonus feature that has the potential to take your winnings to a stratospheric level!
Look and feel
Starmania slot spins against a backdrop of deep space. Here the player has a screen full of stars and relaxing infinity to accompany the slot play. The reels are transparent and hover in the sky, lending to the otherworldly vibe of play. It’s nice and bright, along the lines of the Fruit Spin slot machine and of course Starburst which is probably the reference game in this sector.
The graphics are smart with a combination of an easy-to-look at set up. It has bright colourful stars at the centre of the action which look straight out of a bright and breezy fruit machine.
The music is of the very chilled variety that makes you think of Balearic beats – it’s all very relaxed and low key and brings to mind other chilled games like Butterfly Staxx and the Aloha slot. There are also some fun electronic sounds when a win is on the cards to up the tension, but not enough to knock you off cloud nine. There’s a rather satisfying swishing sound of galactic wind as the reels spin, we’re on an astral adventure after all!
Starmania is a 3 row, 5 reel and 10 payline slot with a starry vibe. This game pays left to right and visa versa too.
The high value icons of the Star mania are, as you’d expect, a collection of seven decorative stars which look like some seriously high-end jewels.
The game’s Wild is the word “Wild” in red on a dotted background, and this substitutes for all symbols, except the Scatter and this appears only on reels -now 2,3 and 4 and this friendly icon can also become stacked on the reels – now that’s an interplanetary treat! The Scatter is the word “Bonus” in blue on a roll.
Land 3 or more of the bonus icons and Starmania delivers a mighty 10 free spins. And this just keeps getting better, before each free spin a Wild is added to reels 2, 3 or 4. This is a seriously good feature for the player with a whole galaxy of potential Wilds and wins over those generous 10 spins. And better still, I didn’t find this mode hard to trigger so there’s real dosh to be made and better still, this feature can be re-triggered. Now that’s extra-terrestrial fun!
Gambling on a good time?
Starmania has a gamble feature; once you’ve made a win then you can try your hand at guessing the colour or suite of the next card in a deck and this way you can either double or quadruple your winnings, but beware- this is a quick way to lose your wonga.
For players who literally like to watch the world go by there’s an auto play function which allows you to set the number of automated spins and lets you enjoy that universal view in relaxed fashion.
I loved the atmosphere of Starmania with its calm vibe but better still I really liked its bonus feature with all those extra Wilds making for some profitable play potential. I’ll be back for more inter-galatic spinning soon.