Let's take a look at what Starburst has in store in terms of key game features, but I warn you before we start; I mentioned Starburst was a simple slot, there isn't a great deal of reading coming up.
Theme - Gems & Space
We have a range of Gem type symbols to land on the board. The blue and Purple gems are the lowest value, through, Orange, green and Yellow each of which are gem representations. Then we have a couple of premium symbols kind of looking like planets in 7's followed by most valuable BAR.
We have a classic 5 Reel x 3 Row board set up, with ten win lines in all. You'll play 10 coins per spin and coin values can be as low as 1p
Just the ten win lines on this 2012 slot game. It doesn't sound like much, but remember this game is ten years old and a long way ahead of the all-ways and mega-ways slots we see so often these days.
The RTP is dependent on the casino, not many people realise that you may be getting a lower RTP on the same game depending on which casino you are playing.
The standard RTP of Starburst Slot is 96.09%, but some casinos have this dialled down to as low as 93.05%.
You can play the Starburst slot for anything between 10p per spin right up to £100. Setting the stake is easy, by choosing the coin value, between £0.01 and £1, and then choose a level between 1-10. These two factors multiply to arrive at your stake.
Each Level is a multiple of 10, so level 6 is a 60 x Coin Value spin.
EG: Level 6 with 2p Coin Value - 60 x 2p = £1.20 per spin
The maximum win is up to 50,000 coins on Starburst, So with a minimum 10 coin stake, this means the max win multiplier is 5000x
5000x Max Win
YOu can in up to 50,000 coins on Starburst, and with a 10 lines requiring a stake on each, the maximum multiplier win on this slot is 5,000
When a starburst Wild star symbol appears on reels 3, 4 or 5, it will expand to cover the reel and pay wins accordingly. What's really cool, is not only will you collect that win, but you get a free respin too with a chance of collecting more wins.
Furthermore, it is possible for further wilds to appear and expand on the centre reels retriggering the respin and potential further wins. All three of the centre reels can have wilds for major wins.
There is no direct jackpot associated with this game unless part of a daily drop or progressive group promotion at certain casinos.
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Play Experience & First Impressions
From a purely personal perspective, I was never a fan of the simplicity and volatility of the game. If I am on a long losing run as you will get from time to time on this game, I want to be entertained at the same time, but this game will just spin and eat, spin and eat with little chance of anything entertaining or exciting happening.
But hey, I must be in the minority given the popularity and longevity of the game, and I have to admit that in recent years I have become more attached to the game. A full center of expanding wilds might have had something to do with that, but still..
Starburst has grown on me over the years. I didn't enjoy it when it was first released due to lack of action, but now, in a landscape congested with some of the most confusing slot games known to mankind, it is nice to return to this classic from NetEnt and have a simple slot game experience.
Steve Madgwick - Online Slots Expert - OLBG.com
Starburst, as with all slot games to be fair, can have frustrating runs of loss and coin-eating. The Starburst wild will land, then you'll have a respin with a dead spin. Wins are not guaranteed from the respin, and this can be a morale killer at times.
But when the respin happens and the second wild lands, things get a little more interesting, not to mention if the third goes in - Party time at this point.
It has been a long time since I first played Starburst and I know it was very much off my game portfolio for a long time, but it has found its way back in.