Butterfly Staxx is a new release from NetEnt, where the developer chose to work with a theme that revolves around butterflies and flowers, both among the most beautiful things that nature has to offer. As usual, when it comes to this developer, there is a unique look that this game gets, which you will not find in similarly themed slots. For Butterfly Staxx, the decision was made to use 40 active lines for each of the spins you trigger. They will take place on 5x4 reels, so the layout is slightly bigger than the average one. You seem to have a jackpot of $1,200 to go after, along with features like the wilds, respins, scatters and free spins.
The unusual thing about the game’s wagers is that they seem to cover just 20 lines, so you’re pretty much getting two lines for the price of one each round. You can take the level of your bets up to 10, so that’s how many coins will be used on each line. With the coin value ranging from $0.01 to $2, the total betting range in this case will start at $0.20 and will reach top values of $400. A line bet can go up to $20.
Nature has a lot to offer us, and among the things that we find easiest to appreciate I think that wild flowers and butterflies are definitely up there at the top. The game relies on both, and so the symbols on the reels are split between butterflies and flowers, with the majority belonging to the latter. The last ones on the list are the poker icons, with their letters and numbers, which are the ones that pay least when forming combinations. The design style of Butterfly Staxx is even more special than the theme. The flowers and the poker icons have a rough cut to them that gives you the impression that they’re hand-made, out of paper. The same is true of the background image, where you have a lone tree on the left side, but otherwise you’re just looking at local vegetation and at the mountains in the distance.
NetEnt managed to make the feature section as special as the rest of the game. They didn’t just go with the standard set of features that most slots have, and actually made sure that the action inside is interesting. The most basic feature of all that Butterfly Staxx has is the wild symbol, which shows the logo with that word, along with a flower colored in yellow and pink. You can get these wilds anywhere in the game, both during regular spins and re-spins, and they can act as substitutes for the regular symbols that you’re missing. They don’t replace scatters. The Butterfly symbols have a major role in this game. They appear stacked inside, and if you end up with a full reel of four symbols covered by it, then you will activate the re-spins. Any other butterfly symbols that are present on the reels at that moment will start flying towards the left side of the row they are on, and they will occupy a position as close to the border as they can. These butterflies remain in place until the free re-spins are complete. The new butterflies, which appear during re-spins, will do the same thing, flying towards the leftmost position they can occupy on their row. They also trigger a new re-spin when this happens and they are locked in place until the feature is over. The re-spins are over when you get no additional Butterfly icons on the reels. Scatter symbols are used here to trigger Butterfly Spins, the free spins of any regular slot machine. The requirement is the usual one, to have 3, 4 or 5 scatter symbols in view, so that the game can give you 5, 6 or 7 Butterfly Spins. These are not regular spins, since they use special symbols, with cocoons in them. The cocoons can be active or dormant. If they are active, they are transformed into butterflies. The butterflies that appear this way will fly to the leftmost position on their row and are locked there until the spins are over. The butterflies are used to form combinations, and these are the highest paying ones that the game will offer.
The game doesn’t have a huge payout, on the contrary actually. The most impressive jackpot available is at 60x the line bet, so you can expect $1,200, but only if you wager a lot of money each round.
I enjoyed the graphics and the features of Butterfly Staxx very much, and those are the two biggest reasons you have to play it. The top jackpot is not big enough to convince anyone, but the average RTP should be high enough since this is NetEnt.