Butterfly Staxx 2

We’ll resist the temptation to say that we had butterflies in our stomach while waiting for this sequel to be released but there’s no doubting that any new NetEnt slot is worthy of interest.
The famous Swedish slot provider waited little time in following up the success of Butterfly Staxx given it was only released in 2018, but certainly made good use of that time.
The second edition is newer, the symbols brighter and bolder and there’s more going on, without changing too much of the original features that attracted a faithful following of butterfly-loving slot players the first time round.

How to play Butterfly Staxx 2

Just like the life of a butterfly starts with a cocoon, so the life of a Butterfly Staxx 2 spin begins with choosing your stake.
The minimum is just £0.25 a spin and the maximum is a mind-numbing, jaw-dropping, pinch-me-to-make-sure-I’m-not-dreaming £1250. The next time you hear a slot being described as one for the high-rollers with a big maximum bet, compare it to the ‘big bet’ in this slot and it might not seem that much after all.
This wouldn’t be a NetEnt slot if you couldn’t adjust the sound, play a pre-determined number of spins in Autoplay mode or go straight to the Max Bet just mentioned.
In other words, you can do all those things.

Butterfly Staxx 2 Features

The symbols have a little more colour to them in this one, almost like they’ve been on a diet of fresh fruit juices since the original was released. Having said that, the symbols themselves remain the same. So that means playing cards (low value symbols), three different types of flower (medium value) and somewhat inevitably, the butterfly itself playing the role of the most valuable symbol.
It’s a 5x4 slot with 40 pay lines and is a notoriously low-volatility slot. As a reminder of what that means: you’ll win plenty of smallish but regular prizes as you play. Visits to the bonus rounds of course can lead to some really big prizes but you’re not dependent on getting those to keep your head above water.

Butterfly Staxx 2 Wild symbol

To paraphrase George Orwell in ‘Animal Farm’, all flowers are equal but some are more equal than others.
The Wild symbol here is a case in point. It’s also a flower- a Lotus to be more precise- but it can substitute for all other symbols, except for the Scatter. Which of course the other three regular flower symbols can’t.

Butterfly Staxx 2 Bonus Features

The game comes with three bonus features to look forward to and unsurprisingly, they’re all about the butterflies.

Re-Spins

Replicating the feature from the original, you’ll activate a re-spin if you land a full stack of butterflies anywhere on the reels. Every butterfly that’s on the reels will move as far left on the reels as possible and you’ll be awarded a re-spin. That will lead to two possible outcomes:

· You’ll get more re-spins as long as new butterflies appear.
· No new butterflies appear so the feature ends.

So far, so identical to Butterfly Staxx. But here’s where the wing-flapping fun really starts. If you have a second of the leftmost reels stacked with butterflies, a completely new reel set will appear, increasing your chances of further wins. There’s more: a third reel stacked with butterflies opens up, you guessed it, a third reel set.
In practical terms, these extra areas are giving you 2x and 3x multipliers.

Additional bonus rounds

The Scatter is a fresh, pink flower and will only appear on Reels 1,3 and 5. Get a Scatter in each of those three reels and you’ll be given the choice as to which of these two bonus rounds you want to play:

Butterfly Spins

Choosing this option means all the three areas just mentioned in the re-spins (above) are ‘open’ from the start and the screen will be filled with the sight of cocoons. You’re awarded five free spins, or Butterfly spins, to be precise.
Are the cocoons dormant like the Vesuvius volcano or active like a kid at a party after too many soft drinks? That’s what you’ll have to wait and see.
The active ones become butterflies and will move towards the leftmost reel. The dormant ones stay as they are.
Other than this potential metamorphosis, it plays out the same way as the re-spins.

Butterfly Frenzy

A feature known in the world of slots as a ‘pick’em feature’, the clue is in the name. You select (ten) different butterflies by clicking on them. Doing so will reveal cash prizes or special butterflies that allow you to progress to the next level.
There’s a total of five levels, you choose ten butterflies on each one and each level has more valuable cash prizes than the previous one.

Mechanics of Butterfly Staxx 2

We’ve talked plenty about butterflies, cocoons, flowers and even volcanos. Time to talk some numbers.

 

Max Win (£): 300,000
Max win (coins):
Max Bet (£): 1250
Min Bet (£): 0.25
Return to player: 96.35%
Volatility: Low.
Free Play available: Yes

 

It would be cruel to carry a real butterfly around with you in a glass jar everywhere. But there’s nothing wrong with carrying Butterfly Staxx 2 around with you. You can play a few spins on your smartphone or tablet of choice, wherever you are. You can of course also play on desktop or lap-top.

 

Final conclusion

 

Fans of the original will be desperate to sink their teeth into this improved, more colourful sequel that has an additional bonus feature- the Butterfly Frenzy- to look forward to. Night owls may however be disappointed as this one takes place in sunny daylight while the first one was a nocturnal story unfolding in front of your eyes.
As a low-volatility slot it won’t be for everyone but with such a massive range of stakes it can be played at, it certainly caters for all budgets.
Another NetEnt slot worth a few spins, even if it’s just for the high-class graphics.

 

 

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