Let’s Go Catch a Show
Matinee is giving players a virtual afternoon off, the perfect time to head out and catch a show downtown. The whole background of the game was designed to look like a busy street with theatres on every corner, advertising for the latest show on bright neon-lit signs.
Matinee has a very dynamic look, albeit a little more cartoonish than in other Nucleus Gaming slots. This shouldn’t spoil the fun in any way, however, and the game has enough dynamic features to catch the eye of basically any player out there.
Popcorn Not Optional
Matinee is entirely customisable, with 25 paylines spread on 5 reels. This gives players the possibility to bet from 0.50 to 125 credits every time they spin the reels, with a bet max and autoplay mode available as always. Note that Matinee does not include any sort of double-up mini game, as in many other slots from Nucleus Gaming.
While testing the game, we concluded that Matinee had an average-to-low volatility, making it very dynamic but putting the higher rewards a little bit more out of reach, compared to other games. The paytable contains entirely redesigned card icons, plus show tickets, some popcorn and a trophy, worth at most 1,000 times your current bet.
The Show Must Go On
Matinee features two very straightforward bonus symbols, starting with a wild card that takes the shape of the two “happy” and “sad” theatre masks. You can use it to replace the basic icons on the reels, and double their value at the same time.
On the other hand, the camera is a scatter that can land anywhere and award up to 20 free spins. All rewards are also doubled when you are playing in free spin mode. This is clearly the most interesting feature of Matinee, so keep an eye out for these scatters at all times.
Ready for Your Close-Up?
The world of the theatre and the cinema is not as common an influence in video slot games as you might think. You have Betsoft’s At The Movies or Cinerama by Playtech, but the complete list of similar slots is not awfully long.
As for similar gameplay, we found that Guns ‘n Roses from NetEnt had some very close features in terms of reel set and bonuses. The theme is of course quite different, but worth a try if you have enjoyed playing Matinee.
Bonus Points for Originality
Matinee felt a little less ambitious than other Nucleus Gaming slots such as 12 Animals, just to name one. We liked the overall atmosphere of the game, the simple rules and above all the generous paytable, which is always an important argument when reviewing a slot game, after all.
What it may lack in charm, Matinee makes up for in simplicity and cash prizes. This is maybe not the best game on the Nucleus Gaming catalogue, but still an objectively decent slot.