It’s possible that the confusion between Beatlemania, relating to the hordes of screaming fans mobbing the 60s Liverpool super group The Beatles, and the Novomatic slot title Beetle Mania Deluxe, is deliberate. After all, the ladybirds in the game logo look remarkably like some familiar mop-tops, and music does feature in the slot symbols, as well as the nifty animations. It’s probably a slot aimed at players who enjoy cute critters, and also remember the antics of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Nevertheless, Beetle Mania Deluxe is officially about bugs and insects, which only behave a bit like pop stars when they are involved in wins. There’s definitely an open-air stage with microphone and speakers in the background to the five reels, which show three symbols each and offer a total of 10 fixed paylines. Players can vary bets across several levels, from 1 to 200 credits per payline.
Musical Bugs Abound in Symbols
Like many Novomatic titles, Beetle Mania Deluxe uses standard card values in its low-value icons: the 10, J, Q, K and A. These are designed in brightly coloured fonts with a curvaceous 60s psychedelic vibe to them, and all require three, four or five matches from Reel 1 on a payline to win prizes. For the 10, J and Q, these prizes are 5X, 20X or 100X the line bet, and the A and K win 10X, 40X or 200X the bet.
The rest of the Beetle Mania Deluxe ordinary symbols are creepy crawlies of various types, also designed in bright eye-catching colours, each one with its own personality. There’s a grumpy caterpillar, a startled butterfly and a goofy snail. All these symbols can win prizes with two matches or better: the prize sequence for the caterpillar is 5X, 15X, 65X and 250X the line bet, for the butterfly it is 5X, 25X, 100X and 500X, and the snail wins 5X, 30X, 200X and 1,000X.
Bee is Wild for Big Prizes
The Beetle Mania Deluxe Wild is a smiling, friendly bee, which helps create more winning combos by standing in for any other symbols, apart from the Scatter and ladybird. The Wild also wins its own prizes for runs of two, three, four or five Wilds on the same payline, starting on Reel 1: 10X, 80X, 1,000X or 5,000X the line bet, making the Beetle Mania Deluxe Wild potentially the most lucrative symbol in the game.
Two More Bonus Features
Beetle Mania Deluxe features a musical note as its Scatter symbol; another nod to the Beatlemania pun. For three, four or five Scatters in any windows at all, the player wins an immediate prize of 20X, 150X or 500X the line bet. Three or more Scatters also triggers a bonus round of 10 free spins.
During the bonus round, an entirely new symbol becomes available: the ladybird with wing casings that resemble a Beatles hairdo. If the ladybird appears anywhere on the centre reel during free spins rounds, the game pays out any wins that have already been made on free spins again; but only up to a maximum value of 100X the bet per line.