Starmania might sound like the name of an 80s discotheque, but it's actually the name of a space-themed online slot machine from NextGen Gaming. It's cute and colourful and it comes with free spins and other ways to help achieve a big win, but it is also your basic five-reel slot with three rows and ten fixed paylines.
The twinkling stars in the background set the tone for the game and the reel symbols, which include stars of different colors, all help to enhance the cosmic theme. The higher values are represented by combinations of colours (red, gold, purple, and blue) and lower values are solid colours. Winning combos are formed from right-to-left and left-to-right.
The wild symbol, indicated by a big, gold 'Wild', only appears on reels two, three and four and is a substitute for any other symbol; except the scatter, which is a big 'Bonus' icon. When three or more bonus scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels, the starry free spins round is triggered. When this happens, you'll be rewarded with ten free spins. These free spins can be re-triggered by landing on even more scatter symbols within this round. Before each spin, another wild symbol is added to reels two, three, and four, which means that by the time you get to the tenth spin, thirty extra wilds in total are added.
You can push your luck even further simply selecting the hearts and clubs button, which is located right above the 'Spin' button. This feature let's you try to double or even quadruple your win by determining the outcome of a turn of the playing card. Five right answers get you the maximum win, but be careful, because a wrong answer can cost you all your winnings.
All in all, Starmania is a fun game, even if it is very similar to Net Entertainment's Starburst slot machine. There are enough features to keep the adrenaline going and, the graphics and sounds are nice enough and it does offer a healthy RTP of 97.87%.