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Starmania is a slot from NextGen Gaming that resembles a 1980s video game. Its theme revolves around some kind of trip to space, and it has a feel of a cabinet based slot that you might find in an American casino. It has some interesting features, though, despite its somewhat plain appearance.
You can read this Starmania slot review to find out more about the game. Is it a galactic thrill fest that transports you to entertainment beyond the stars? Read on to find out!
|House Edge: 2.13%||Return to player: 97.87%|
|Autospin: Yes||Softwares: no download - instant play, mobile, Mac|
|Released: September 1, 2015||Min Bet: 0.1|
|Max Bet: 500||Scatters: Yes|
|Gamble: Yes||Max Coins: 10|
|Reels: 5||Paylines: 10|
|Spins: Yes||Bonus Rounds: Yes|
|Wild: Yes||Software: NextGen Gaming|
|House Edge:||2.13 %||4.02 %|
|Return to player:||97.87 %||95.98 %|
The Starmania slot is played on a grid of 5 reels and 3 rows. There are 10 paylines. The paylines run from left to right and from right to left. The bet levels in the game can be set from 10p right up to £500. There is a detailed pay table available in the game, and an autoplay button. This can be set to a certain number of spins so that you can stay in control of the action. Two buttons located in the bottom right corner of the screen make changing your bet size very easy to do.
The game was released in September 2015, and use HTML5 technology. That means that you can play it on your phone or tablet without the quality of the sound and graphics being affected in any way. The maximum win available on a payline is 500 coins and the maximum possible win is 2000 coins.
The Starmania slot RTP is given as 97.87%, which is on the high side for a game of this type. In terms of a Next Gen slot, it is also untypically high, with most of this developer’s slots usually having RTPs of between 95% and 96%. Other slots from NextGen with a similar RTP include Egyptian Rise (97.76%) and Monster Wins (97.12%). The Starmania slot variance is low to medium, so don’t expect to trigger the feature too many times – you may need some patience for the big wins to come along.
This game looks very basic, and if you’re used to the immersive, rich graphics from developers like Net Ent or Big Time Gaming then you might be a little disappointed with Starmania slot. Rather than using conventional reels, the symbols hang on a grid in space. The backdrop is purple coloured and spotted with twinkling stars. The game has a very minimalist feel to it, and there is not much detail on the screen at all.
A pretty poor musical soundtrack plays in Starmania slot. It resembles the type of thing that you’ll hear on a second-rate YouTube meditation video, and you will probably end up having to use the mute button. The sound is enlivened somewhat when you manage to achieve a win, but the effects that play resemble those from a 1980s video game. Starmania is not impressive when it comes to the music and sounds.
There are frequent nods to Star Trek throughout the game’s visual design too. Quotes appear at the bottom of the reels as you play Starmania slot, with you being urged to ‘boldly win where no one has won before’ as well as other lines that recall the iconic TV series. In actual fact, there is little tangible evidence of any meaningful Star Trek influence on the game, so if you’re a fan of the TV show you’re likely to be left disappointed.
The symbols on Starmania slot reels are stars in various colours. They look a lot like gem stones. You’ll see green, purple, blue and red stars, with the higher value versions being more ornate in design. The wild symbol is easy to spot as it is the word ‘wild’ in big golden letters. It can substitute for all other symbols apart from the scatter. The scatter is the bonus icon and we’ll look at how that can help you in the next section of this review.
There are 2 bonus features for you to enjoy in Starmania. As well as the free spins on offer, you can also boost your winnings by playing the gamble game. We’ll take a closer look at both of these features here for you.
The free spins feature is triggered when 3 or more of the scatter symbols appear anywhere in view on the reels. To make the free spins more interesting for you, additional wild symbols are added to the reels in Starmania slot. A wild is added to reels 2, 3 and 4 before each spin during the feature. In addition, 30 wilds are added to the second, third and fourth reels for the duration of the feature.
The screen also receives something of a makeover during the free spins feature. Different music plays, and you can see how many wilds have been added to the reels in a meter that stands at the right hand side of the reels. Whether this is actually useful or not is a moot point, but it at least adds an extra detail that helps you to feel more involved in the action as you play.
Every time a win spins in on the reels for you during the free spins feature, you have the chance of improving it by playing the gamble game. This is a very basic card game. To play the game, press the gamble button in Starmania slot and then select either the colour or suit of the playing card that will be drawn. If you choose the correct colour then your win is doubled.
If you choose the correct suit then you will receive a prize that is worth four times your win. You can gamble your winnings up to 5 times, so the potential is certainly there for you to significantly boost your winnings.
The two features are the most interesting and appealing aspects of the Starmania slot. Being able to gamble for bigger wins is a real plus point that helps to mitigate some of the underwhelming feelings we experienced when assessing the game’s sounds and graphics.
Overall, this Starmania slot review finishes on a mixed note. This game left us a little underwhelmed, and it certainly doesn’t live up to the hyperbolic Star Trek quotes that it uses to punctuate the action. Having said that, the free spins feature offers some decent chances of winning big prizes as well as some solid entertainment, and the gamble feature is a nice touch too. Starmania is not the greatest we have ever seen, but there are worse slots out there.
If you enjoy space-themed slots then you might also want to have a crack at Starburst from Net Ent, or possibly Starscape from Microgaming.