NetEnt keeping their cards close to their chest
Doctor: I have some good news and I have some bad news.
Patient: What’s the good news?
Doctor: The good news is that the tests you took showed that you have 24 hours to live.
Patient: That’s the good news? What’s the bad news?
Doctor: The bad news is that I forgot to call you yesterday! I was playing golf.
And it’s a similar story with NetEnt’s Butterfly Staxx, which will be released over the next couple of months. For a bit of fun, we’ve hidden the exact release date somewhere in the text. That’s just the sort of we do for kicks around here.
So the good news is obviously that we can look forward to another masterpiece by one of the industry’s most consistent players and we know when we can get our claws into it like a naughty cat ruining the new suede sofa.
The bad news is that at this point in time we don’t know anything about it. NetEnt have concealed the details under lock and key and sadly…we don’t have the aforementioned key.
But here’s where hundreds of hours of watching Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder and Columbo come into use because we’re going to try to deduce what sort of slot it might be using the evidence in front of us.
To see our mystery-solving skills in practice you can also read what we speculated about NetEnt’s new release Copycats which you’ll be able to play from April onwards. And for a full post-release review of what we made of Jungle Spirit, already available in the LeoVegas Casino, you can read about it here.
But let’s try to crack the Butterfly Staxx slot.
Smart money is on a feast of different free spins
Is Butterfly Staxx by NetEnt likely to be a Jackpot slot?
Well, we suppose you could argue that because it’s been quite a while since NetEnt released one that it’s about time they unleashed another millionaire-maker into the world of Casinos. But the smart money is on it not being.
For starters, it doesn’t sound like a Jackpot slot. Normally they have these grandiose names: Mega Fortune/Joker, Cosmic Fortune, Tiki/Geisha/Icy Wonders and so on. Secondly, we just feel that if it was a Jackpot slot, NetEnt may have leaked that particular nugget of information.
It’s also worth noting that there’s been a little bit of a lull in the industry in terms of big Jackpot games being released. Let’s face it: the more Jackpot slots there are in the market, the less money there is to go around in terms of feeding those Jackpots.
But then again, maybe this is the quiet before the storm and there’s a big one just around the corner. That may well be the case but we still think it’s not Butterfly Staxx.
NetEnt went big on free spins in both Jungle Spirit and Scruffy Duck, which you’ll notice have something in common with Butterfly Staxx; they’re all animal-themed games. When we say went big, what we mean is that there were lots of different kinds of free spins on offer.
In Jungle Spirit you could choose which ones you wanted whereas in Scruffy Duck you picked a duck and then found out what free spins you ended up with.
Our money is on NetEnt completing a hat-trick of animal-themed games featuring different types of free spins and given it’s all about the butterflies, we wouldn’t be surprised if at some stage a Woodland Skipper or a Lustrous Copper flew onto the reels and somehow changed a symbol into a better one that helps you to win more. So a bit like what Tinder Bell does on Hook’s Heroes. Or maybe there’s a bonus round where if you manage to turn a dull caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly you’ll win a load of coins.
Ok, maybe that last one is a bit much, even for a NetEnt creation.
But if there’s one thing we do know for sure, it’s that a NetEnt slot in the LeoVegas Casino will be every bit as good on mobile as it is on desktop. Those two ingredients are as much of a recipe for success as a Steven Spielberg film with Tom Hanks in the central role.
Perfect picnic setting for the action to unfold
It’s worth remembering that a NetEnt slot containing the word ‘Staxx’ in it has been done before.
Neon Staxx was a futuristic, mind-blowing game released a couple of years ago that contained reels set up at a weird angle.
But the name might just be where the similarities end because recent trends by NetEnt would suggest that this new NetEnt slot this isn’t a futuristic one. Rather, we’d expect to see a real-life woodland area with some beautiful trees, fresh grass and multi-coloured butterflies flying around; just the sort of place that would make for a lovely summer afternoon picnic.
Standards are high these days when it comes to graphics so we’d be surprised if at least some of them here weren’t of the 3D variety. But it may be that NetEnt will take a leaf out of Microgaming’s book and reserve the 3D animations for the teasers to the bonus rounds, like they did with Tarzan.
Presumably there are different types of butterflies that can appear on the reels and you’d expect that two of the more rare and stunningly beautiful ones to be the Wild and Scatter which lead to those all-important free spins.
Early summer treat to look forward to
So it’s time to put our magnifying glasses, notebooks and other detective paraphernalia away because we’re done trying to decipher what Butterfly Staxx might be all about. We’re liking this trend of NetEnt’s to make animal-themed slots and if our suspicions turn out to be correct and this one has several types of free spins, that will do us just fine.
So all that remains is for us to give you that crucial Butterfly Staxx release date: it’s June 21. But in the meanwhile we’re going to try pull some strings with our friends at NetEnt to find out the key elements to the game and share them with you prior to the official release.