Beetle Mania Deluxe is a relentlessly fun real-money slot game from Novomatic. An old-school feel with a real sense of joy, this cartoony, playful slot was an instant hit with our reviewers, especially when we found the 2x multipliers in the Bonus feature!
Disclaimer: this slot is not a tribute to the biggest musical influencers of all time (arguably the biggest, but we’re not here to get into the Elvis or Beatles debate), but is in fact focused on jazz music – and bugs.
We’ll get to the disappointing first, for a music-themed slot, the pub-based one-arm bandit soundtrack when the reels spin is less than pleasing for the ears.
But! There’s a lot of good to be found in this five-reel, 10 payline, medium volatility slot. With an RTP of over 95%, putting Beetle Mania Deluxe slightly above the average, this slot is a lot of fun visually. It’s not pushing any boundaries, sure, but the cartoon-like design, especially with the bugs and insects (the grump caterpillar is our personal favorite) brings a real charm to this slot.
The free spins feature is good fun too, and potentially rewarding if you land the multiplying beetles (we’re fairly sure they’re ladybugs, but the slot says beetle, so beetle it is) during the feature.
The 10, J, and Q symbols are bottom of the paytable, paying 0.5x stake for three on a payline, 2x for four, and 10x stake if you land five-of-a-kind.
Next rung on the ladder you’ll find the K and A symbols, paying 1x, 4x, and 20x stake for three, four, and five, respectively.
Above these symbols, everything else pays out for two or more on a payline.
The bad-tempered caterpillar pays 0.5x stake for two, 1.5x stake for three, 6.5x stake for four, and 25x stake for five.
The much friendlier looking butterfly pays 0.5x, 2.5x, 10x, and 50x for each winning combination.
The snail is a high-value symbol, paying 0.5x, 3x, 20x, and 100x for two, three, four, and five.
The bee, which is also the wild, and pays 1x stake for two on a payline, 8x stake for three, 100x stake for four, and a massive 500x stake for five on a payline.
This bee wild symbol also acts as a wild should, substituting on all [payline for all but the scatter, which is the musical note and triggers the Free Spins feature. There is also a beetle symbol, but that only comes into play in the bonus game.
Three of the musical note scatter symbols will trigger 10 free spins on the Beetle Mania Deluxe slot. Unfortunately, this feature cannot retrigger, so 10 spins is your limit, but there is a nice perk.
If the beetle symbol lands on the middle reel at any point in during the bonus game, it will double your wins. Now, this is where things get interesting, this symbol won’t only double wins on that particular spin, it’s not even limited to doubling wins for the rest of the spins. Instead, the beetle symbol will double any and all wins that occur at any point during the free spins feature, even those that were picked up prior to the beetle landing on the reels.
This results in a potential jackpot win of 10,000x stake (bee wilds on every payline for 5,000x stake, doubled by the beetle for 10,000).
This playful slot is an absolute charm to play not only on desktop but also on mobile and tablet devices. The bold and playful imagery, especially the cute bugs, looks great on smaller screens.
Playable via your mobile device’s web browser at popular online casino sites, or via downloadable apps for Android, iOS, and Windows devices, expect swift-loading times and no lag in gameplay here as your device will not have to do much to keep this simple title moving along.
Expect all the perks of the desktop game, not only the free spins feature but also the gamble option, the autospin, and the high-value wilds. As far as simple and fun slots for mobile go, you’ll struggle to find a better option than Beetle Mania Deluxe.
Beetle Mania Deluxe is a sign of the evolution of Novomatic. The popular regulated software developer has stayed loyal to its brand, which is predominantly based on classic and traditional slots due to the software prover’s long and successful history developing land-based casinos. However, Beetle Mania Deluxe brings something fresh to the table, there’s more personality here, more of a sense of fun. This is represented in other recent Novomatic slots too, including Book of Ra 10 (the latest in the popular series), Captain Venture, and Dolphin’s Pearl Deluxe.
We are fond of Novomatic slots, we love the old-school simplicity, and Beetle Mania Deluxe has swiftly become one of our favorites. There’s something about the tone of this slot, the playfulness, the cheeky cartoon bugs, that just won us over. The free spins feature is improved greatly by the chance of 2x multipliers on all wins, and the high-value wild symbol and gamble option keep the base game interesting. With medium variance, wins and the feature should trigger fairly regularly too!