If you are searching for a slot that takes you into the realm of the celestial bodies and provides a chilled out vibe at the same time, then set your co-ordinates for Next Gen’s Starmania! These are the guys and gals behind blockbuster games like the King Kong Fury slot and Foxin’ Wins – and with this kind of pedigree, we were expecting something slick from this celestial slot.
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 if your luck is in.
Look and Feel
Starmania slot plays out against a backdrop of deep space. Your screen will be full of stars off to infinity to accompany the slot play. The reels are transparent and hover in the sky, giving an off-worldly vibe to 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 and easy on the eye with bright colourful stars at the centre of the action looking straight out of a bright and breezy fruit machine.
The music is of the chilled variety: think Balearic beats around Sun Downer time- 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 increase the tension, but not enough to knock you off cloud nine. Listen out for the satisfying swishing sound of galactic wind as the reels spin – we’re on an astral adventure after all!
Pros and Cons
The Wilds Stack on the middle reels
Starmania pays left to right and right to left
3 scatters pay out 20x, 5 pay out 200x
RTP is 97.9%, above average for a slot
Graphics are a bit dated
Many features are similar to Starburst from NetEnt, not very original.
Starmania Game Play
Starmania is a 3 row, 5 reel and 10 pay-line slot with a starry vibe. This game pays left to right and right to left too.
The high value icons of the Starmania are, as you’d expect, a collection of seven decorative stars which look like 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 which appears only on reels 2,3 and 4 and this useful icon can also become stacked on the reels – 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 solid 10 free spins. And this just keeps getting better, as before each free spin a Wild is added to reels 2, 3 or 4. This is a great little feature for the player with a whole galaxy of potential Wilds and wins over those ten bonus spins. And better still, I didn’t find this mode hard to trigger so there’s real entertainment to be had and the feature can be re-triggered.
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: you can either double or quadruple your winnings, but beware- you will lose your winnings if you guess wrong so use it sparingly.
For players who like an easier life, there’s an auto play function (not available to UK players) which allows you to set the number of automated spins.
I loved the atmosphere of Starmania with its calm vibe and I liked its bonus feature with all those extra Wilds making for some good game play potential. I’ll be back for more inter-galactic spinning soon.