Beetle Mania Deluxe is a 5 reel, 3 row, 10 payline slot from Novomatic that celebrates all things insect-related. It comes with scatters, wilds and a free spins bonus round. Stakes start at 40p per spin going up to £100 for the high rollers.

Novomatic has kept things simple with Beetle Mania Deluxe, both in terms of visuals and gameplay. The reels are full of cartoon-style bugs including slugs, snails and butterflies – they are joined by a selection of brightly coloured playing card symbols. The bee is the wild and substitutes for all other symbols apart from the musical note scatter.

They’re all set against a pale backdrop and are nice and clear – sophisticated they ain’t but they do the job. You may want to turn the sound down though as the backing track sounds like a game loading on an old ZX Spectrum. Thankfully the musical offering in the free spins feature is much easier on the ear.

The musical note is the key to triggering the Free Spins feature – find 3 or more anywhere on the reels and you’ll be awarded 10 free spins. During the feature, the Beetles pays a little tribute to their musical namesakes.

Don’t expect to see John, Paul, George or Ringo on the reels. What you will see during every winning spin is the bugs donning a mophead wig and strumming away on a musical instrument. The insect you really want to see during the free spins is the ladybird.

When this appears during the free games, all of your wins in the round to date will be subject to a 2x multiplier and doubled. Ideally you want to see the ladybird at the end of the feature rather than at the beginning.

The variance in Beetle Mania Deluxe is on the high side so expect plenty of dry spells punctuated with occasional big wins. If you’re after stunning visuals and extravagant bonus features, then Beetle Mania isn’t the slot for you. If you want something simple that still offers a shot at a big win then give Beetle Mania Deluxe a closer look.

Novomatic produce high variance slots mostly so if you like these type of games, you should try their flagship game, Book of Ra Deluxe which is one the most loved and talked about online slot games.