With the release of Funk Master, a cluster paying grid slot with a shimmering 1970s flair, developer NetEnt is turning up the tunes and going funky. It’s easy to understand why this concept is appealing to software makers. A lot of people go there because the music is great and they want to dance (or at least tap their toes to the beat). All this and more may be yours in Funk Master, along with avalanches, Dancing Wilds, Dancing Wild Hotspots, multipliers, and free games with stacked wilds.
Whenever a disco-themed, cluster-paying grid slot is discussed, inevitable comparisons to Push Gaming’s seminal offering Jammin’ Jars arise. Visually, Funk Master is quite similar to Jammin’ Jars, another slot machine game from Scientific Games, in which the action takes place on a grid of 8 by 8. Funk Master is distinct in that, with the appropriate settings engaged, the game panel may expand in size. Overall, thematically speaking, Funk Master delivers on its name, since the experience is quite funky. Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) by Zapp is the music that plays during the game, and it is so catchy that you will suffer from final song syndrome.
Now let’s talk about the less hip but no less crucial statistics of Funk Master. The game features a variety of return to player (RTP) percentages, the lowest of which being 92.06% for German dancers. No matter what you do, volatility will be significant, and at the standard rate of return, the hit frequency will be 27%. That’s about par for the course, albeit the increased wait time till the free spins occur (1 in 397) is typical. Players may enjoy Funk Master by placing wagers ranging from 20 pence to £/€200 each paid drop on any tablet, laptop, or mobile device.
When you press the play button, 64 symbols will fall onto the game panel, looking for a winning combination. When a winning cluster is hit, the avalanche function kicks in, removing the winning symbols and replacing them with new ones. All of the standard paying symbols in this game are disco balls, ranging in color from blue and purple at the bottom to pink, green, yellow, and orange at the top. The wild symbols in Funkmaster are represented by disco balls, and the only other symbols you’ll see are scatters and multipliers.
Slot Featured in “Funk Master”
Funk Master utilizes a plethora of ancillary instruments to get the party started. We also had a look at other features, such as multiplier symbols and free games, in addition to avalanches.
If a Dancing Wild appears in any position during the main game or the bonus round, it will substitute for any other pay symbol to help form a winning cluster. Dancing Wilds stay in play after being part of a winning combination, migrating to an empty slot next to them.
Flamboyant Hotspot Dancer
The Dancing Wild Hotspot, a 2×2 square, is randomly put on the game grid before each basic game spin. The corresponding locations become playable if a win occurs with one or more symbols in the Hotspot. Dancing Wilds are given out if all four squares in the Hotspot are activated.
Signs for Multiplication
The current win total is multiplied by 2, 3, 5, or 10 whenever a multiplier symbol appears, whether in the main game or the bonus round. In the event that several multiplier symbols appear, their combined values will be used.
When 3 or more Dancing Wilds appear at the same time, free games are triggered. All Dancing Wilds that activate the extra round will stay in place for the whole feature’s runtime. The Dancing Wild Hotspot is 3×3 during the bonus game. If you manage to unlock all of the spots during free spins, you’ll be rewarded with +2 Dancing Wilds and an extra row being added to the game grid (up to a maximum of 12 rows).
Added Value Purchase Bonus
If a player really wants to get down and dance, they can pay to skip to the bonus round. You pay 125x your wager and receive 6 free games.
Judgement on the Funkmaster Slot
Since this isn’t NetEnt’s first nod to the disco period, we can only assume that someone there has a soft spot for the groovy scene. One such venture was Disco Danny, first titled Disco Monkey but later remade with a human protagonist. However, Funk Master is an entirely different style of slot machine, and its main rivals have to be Jammin’ Jars and its sequel. Although Funk Master puts up a valiant fight in a dance-off against Push Gaming’s mega-hit, it ultimately loses to the latter.
The most winning potential may be reached by pinpointing where Funk Master fails. If you’re not winning consistently, it’s more likely that you’ve been outpaced by the game’s potential than that you’ve done anything particularly wrong. Although the theme is handled well, some viewers may experience disco ball overload, and Funk Master may suffer from a lack of individuality. Neither the lead man from the hilarious Disco Danny series nor the irritatingly adorable jars can be found here. The game doesn’t have the same freewheeling atmosphere as others of its era (the 1970s), instead emitting a cold, corporate air.
Ultimately, it wouldn’t have hurt if the potential had been larger because doing so may have completely changed the outcome of the game. By summing multiplier numbers instead of multiplying them, Funk Master restricts its maximum payout to 3,337 times the wager, far less than many of its competitors. The array of useful features in Funk Master certainly adds some funk, but we’re not convinced it makes it the master of funk it claims to be. Overall, Funk Master is a fantastically polished and accomplished production, but it is more of a fashion follower than a bold trailblazer. It is, however, a lovely and immensely enjoyable fashion follower.