Hollywood Star Slot Game
This simple 5-reel video slot from Novomatic does not try to recreate the golden age of cinema. In fact, the only reference to Hollywood at all is a single symbol which looks the spitting image of Marilyn Monroe. Aside from this, Hollywood Star is a great example of what Novomatic does best. This is to create simple yet engaging slot games, find formulas that work – and then create many variations on that theme to keep players coming back for more (this one is very similar to ‘Glamour Star’). If you have played any of the Sizzling Hot range of games, then you will instantly recognize the look and feel of this game. Even the flames covering the fruit symbols when you win are directly reused from those titles. What Hollywood Star does have that most Novomatic slots do not is a jazz / swing style sound track which will have you tapping your feet as you play.
How to Win on Hollywood Star
There are 5 win-lines across a 5 by 3 grid for this game, and your only objective is to line up symbols from the left. Marilyn is the best paying by a long way – and represents the main reason to choose this game over more interesting alternatives. This symbol pays 10,000 coins for 5 on a line if you are playing the max 10 coins per line. 4 Marilyn symbols will get you 2000 coins, with 200 coins for 3.
After that comes a standard hierarchy of fruits. Melons and grapes are the best paying. These are worth 1000 coins for 5, 400 for 4 and 100 for 3. Next you’ll find plums, oranges, lemons and cherries – all of which have a top prize of 400 coins for 4 on a line – again assuming the max coins per line. Cherries are the only symbol which pays a prize for 2 of a kind, this is worth 10 coins.
A star which could be interpreted as looking like the sunset boulevard film star plaque stars is the scatter symbol. This is not tied to any of the 5 win lines, paying out based only on the total number in view. If you hit 5 you will win 500 coins, with 100 coins for 4 and 20 coins for just 3.
This game does not have any bonus or wild symbols – though like on all Novomatic slots you will have the opportunity to take a double or nothing gamble after every win.
Design and Setup of Hollywood Star
Overall the design is very distinctively Novomatic. The colors are bright, with a very vivid (almost plush) purple background clashing with the bold coloring of the slots. The logo above the reels is also distinctive. This is yellow over blue with the word ‘star’ on a strip of old style film. Line markers complete the melee of colors on either side of the reels.
Animations are flame-based – again borrowed from existing titles (the Sizzling Hot range, among others). When you win, the fruits become engulfed in flames. These are quite detailed and striking compared with the overall look of the slot.
Sound is one area where this slot compares well with similar titles. The soundtrack is straight from the golden age of cinema, and beats the usual beeps and whirrs by a long way.
The setup is very simple, you can choose from between 1 and 5 win lines, adjust the number of coins you are playing for each line (up to 10) and choose the size of your coins too. Novomatic’s simple auto-play is offered.
If you enjoy solid traditional video slots with no extra gimmicks, then this came could be worth a spin. The Hollywood theme is not overdone, with only the single symbol and jazz soundtrack separating it from many similar titles. Highlights include the chance to win 10,000 coins (with 5 of the Marilyn symbols) and the chance of a scatter win which is not tied to any of the 5 win-lines.