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The wombat says: Houston we have lift off! We’re back in Space for this NextGen game that looks and sounds like an 1980’s arcade game throwback. In fact if you’re thinking that this game looks very familiar, you’d be right.
It’s the spit of NetEnts’s Starburst, one of the most popular online slots in the universe. But will it match up? And will you make some astronomical wins on this old school game? Let’s spin and see…
Look and Feel
The design of this game hits the heights of the James Dean slot, we’d have to say (also from NextGen). As you’d expect with a name like Starmania, the graphics in this slot inspired by the infinity of outer space and the stars. The reels are transparent and set against the background of with twinkling planets and solar system. All in all rather nice. It also has that arcade game vibe with chunky 80s fonts and cool electro background sound effects. For NextGen, we’d say top notch graphics. Compare it to the Big Foot slot and you’ll see what we mean!
Starmania slot runs on a 5-reel, 3-row and has 10 pay-lines- less than games like the Teddy Bear’s Picnic slot, but the game makes up for it on the wilds and free spins front.
Your celestial symbols on the reels are made up of colourful planetary gemstones that vary in size and colour, getting more elaborate as their value increases.
The lower values are single colours, while the high rollers are made up of heavenly hues with bits of gold stuck on em, The most valuable Star symbol in the slot is the red and yellow giant sun (that also looks like a brooch Nana Wombat use to have), which pay you out for a x2 of a kind combinations.
Your bonus symbols include a very 80s-looking WILD symbol that will only land on the second, third and fourth reels. And when it does, it will substitute for all the other symbols to help you land winning combos. The Starmania Scatter is the hyper-drive square BONUS icon.
Starmania Free Spins
Land 3x or more of the Scatters anywhere on the reels and you’ll be getting inter-galactically dizzy with 10 free spins! Think 10 spins is a bit in the mean side? Yeah we did too, BUT before each Free Spin an extra wild will be added to the second, third and fourth reels, meaning by the tenth spin you’ll have a HUGE 30 wilds in play on the reels. Which means mucho starry wins!
This wombat likes the gamble feature, as it makes Starmania even better to play. Gamble gives you the choice to go BIG on the reels, or to stick with what you know. Every time a win is awarded, you can either double or quadruple your cash by clicking on the Gamble button underneath the reels. All you need to do is predict the correct colour or suit of the next card. But guess it wrong, and it’s Game Over for you…
Starmania is a good-looking simple slot with some hypnotic game-play and a house edge of only 2.133% (according to the stats) which is very nice indeed! OK, it’s not the most flashy of slots and we would have liked an extra bonus, but sometimes less is more, and this game is definitely value for money. Reach for the stars Wombat fans!