Beetle Star might not be the first slot game to be inspired by the legendary band, but it is probably the first one to take their name quite literally. On top of a green and dark psychedelic background, the reels and command bar stand out quite sharply, featuring Andy Warhol-style portraits of the band members as… beetles. A bold choice that makes Beetle Star absolutely unique.
One little detail we regretted not finding was some original tunes from the band as a background music, but this is probably due to copyright reasons. Otherwise, Beetle Star has a unique and fun look that will not fail to catch you eye.
Beetle Star is a high-volatility slot game with 5 reels and just 10 paylines available. The betting range is just as short, spanning from 10 to 500 credits when all paylines are activated. Pick your favourite settings at the beginning of the game and spin the reels manually or thanks to the autoplay mode, whichever you prefer. Keep in mind that you might get a chance to play a mini guessing challenge after a win on the reels, just to get a chance to double up your latest win instantly.
The paytable of Beetle Star features card icons, the four members of the Beatles in their unique look and a big flower as the most valuable symbol, worth x400 at most. While testing the game, we struggle to score significant wins fast and had to really play big to unlock most significant payouts. But Beetle Star has a couple of hidden features designed to help you out a bit.
A Little Help Along the Way
The Beetle Star logo is probably the first special symbol that you will encounter as you spin the reels. It plays the role of the wild card here, available on any reel and able to replace all of the basic symbols listed above. Wilds will also double the value of all the combinations that they help complete, raising the maximum reward to x800. Moreover, wild combinations can trigger the Beetle Star jackpot of x15,000 – but keep in mind that it will be particularly challenging to go that far.
The laughing star symbol is the scatter of the game, available at any time and worth up to x1500. Scoring 3 or more stars at the same time also awards a bonus round with 15 free spins at stake, during which all prizes are multiplied by 3. And given how high the variance in Beetle Star can be, such a bonus is more than welcome indeed.
A Big Challenge with a Killer Look
Beetle Star stands out thanks to its unique and humorous look first of all. Otherwise, the basic gameplay is quite classic and similar to most Casino Technology slots. That being said, Beetle Star has a much high volatility than most titles from this particular developer, and only 10 paylines to bet on. This makes the game particularly challenging right from the start, which you should be aware of right from the start.
If you prefer literal beetles, try Beetle Mania Deluxe from Novomatic; a very different slot game with a cartoonish atmosphere and a slightly lower volatility as well.