Funkmaster: Slot Overview
Hopefully, you're feeling energetic players because developer NetEnt is cranking up the sounds and getting all groovy with Funk Master, a cluster paying grid slot with a gleaming 70s vibe. You can see why software providers are keen to use this theme. Banging tunes are a key draw, well, toe-tapping tunes at least, so are the bright lights and the feel-good party time vibe. Funk Master has bottled all of this and serves it up alongside such features as avalanches, Dancing Wilds, Dancing Wild Hotspots, multipliers, and free spins.
Mention a cluster paying grid slot with a disco setting, and it's difficult not to compare the game to Push Gaming's benchmark release Jammin' Jars. On a visual basis, Funk Master is quite similar to Jammin' Jars in that the background in both slots is made up of a collection of bright lights, while the action occurs on an 8x8 sized grid. One difference in Funk Master is its game panel can grow in size when the right features are activated. All in all, Funk Master lives up to its name in terms of theme, as the sensory impact is indeed a funky one. The tune used for the game is Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) by Zapp, which is so infectious you're bound to have last song syndrome.
Moving onto the less-cool, perhaps, though no less important side of Funk Master - its numbers. The game has more than one RTP setting, defaulting at 96.04%, though dropping to 92.06% for German players looking to get jiggy. Volatile is high, no matter what, while hit frequency comes in at 27.76% at the default return setting. That's a pretty regular figure, though a higher-than-normal free spins trigger frequency of 1 in 397 means plenty of waiting around until the beat drops. Playable on a tablet, desktop, or mobile device, players partake of Funk Master by selecting bets of 20 p/c to £/€200 per paid drop.
Hit the play button, and 64 symbols drop onto the game panel, forming wins when matching symbols land in horizontal or vertically adjacent positions. Winning clusters trigger the avalanche feature, which removes winning symbols and replaces them with new ones until no new cluster hits. NetEnt must believe you can't have a party without a disco ball, as all of the regular paying symbols are disco balls of varying colours – blue, purple, and green as the lows, pink, green, yellow, and orange as the highs. Disco balls also appear on the wild symbols, leaving scatters and multipliers as the other symbols you'll encounter in Funkmaster.
Funk Master: Slot Features
Funk Master makes use of several extras to get the shindig pumping. As well as avalanches which we looked at are Dancing Wilds, Dancing Wild Hotspots, Multiplier Symbols, and free spins.
Dancing Wilds land in any position in the base or bonus round to help complete winning clusters by substituting for any pay symbol type. When used in a win, Dancing Wilds remain on the board and move to an adjacent empty space to potentially help complete more winning clusters.
Dancing Wild Hotspot
At the start of each base game spin, a 2x2 sized square called the Dancing Wild Hotspot is placed in a random position on the game grid. If a win hits with one or more symbols in the Hotspot, the respective positions are unlocked. If all 4 squares in the Hotspot are unlocked, a Dancing Wild is awarded.
Multiplier symbols can appear in the base or bonus game, carrying values of x2, x3, x5, or x10 and are applied to the current win total. If more than one multiplier symbol hits, the values are summed before being applied.
Landing 3 or more Dancing Wilds simultaneously awards 6 free spins. All triggering Dancing Wilds remain on the grid for the full duration of the bonus round. Also, in free spins, the Dancing Wild Hotspot is 3x3 in size. If all positions are unlocked in free spins, +2 Dancing Wilds are added, and +1 extra row is placed on the game grid – up to a maximum of 12 rows high.
Players itching to cut a rug can buy their way straight to the bonus round, where available. The cost is 125x the bet and gets you 6 free spins.
Funkmaster: Slot Verdict
Someone at NetEnt must have a penchant for bopping at the disco since Funk Master isn't the studio's first trip back to the groovy era. Disco Danny was one previous exploit, which actually started life as Disco Monkey before being recast with a human lead. Funk Master is a completely different type of slot, though, and its key competitor has got to be Jammin' Jars and, by extension Jammin' Jars 2. It was always going to be tough taking on such a classic slot, and in a dance-off, Funk Master puts up a pretty good fight but fails to outdo Push Gaming's mega-hit.
Pinning down exactly where Funk Master comes up short is the max win potential. The game's got a juicy mix of clusters, avalanches, persistent wilds, and the occasional multiplier, so it's more a case of simply being outclassed in terms of potential than doing something criminally wrong. Theme treatment is extremely satisfying, though some might feel a slight disco ball overload going on, and the lack of a personal touch possibly holds Funk Master back. There's certainly no amusing Disco Danny leading man nor infuriatingly cute jars. Instead, the game has something soullessly corporate about it, which gives off a modernistic vibe rather than a spirited 1970s free for all one.
At the end of the day, it wouldn't have hurt if the potential had been higher, as it could have knocked the game out of the ballpark. Adding multipliers values rather than multiplying them limits their effectiveness, leaving winning possibilities max out at 3,337x the bet, which is noticeably less than a lot of games Funk Master is going up against. Funk Master does bring a good level of funk through its collection of workable features, but we're not sure it's quite the master of funk it makes itself out to be. While it is a polished and phenomenally executed production overall, Funk Master is more a follower of fashion than a fearless trendsetter - a pretty and thoroughly entertaining one, though, it has to be said.
Funk Master undoubtedly packs a great amount of disco-themed attitude, and unless the comparably low max win potential is too much of an issue for you, you’re bound to have a blast.