NetEnt’s classic jewel themed slot has been around for years and has not waned in popularity since its release. In this article, we will provide you with a detailed slot review of Starburst, focusing on the technical features, theme and bonus modes.
Reels: 5-reel 3-row video slot
Paylines: 10 paylines
Release Date: December 2013
Studio (Creator): Starburst was developed by NetEnt
Max stake / Min stake (per spin): Min: $0.10 Max: $100
Available on Mobile: Yes
Are you looking for an online slot game that is simple, elegant, and fun to play? Then Starburst is designed with you in mind. Many games today are cluttered with an increasing number of paylines and flashy bonus games that can be fun to play, but rarely pay out. It seems almost like those games distract you with the bonus games to keep you entertained but then when it comes to the bigger payouts, they come up short.
That is not the case for Starburst. Starburst only contains ten paylines, and the rules of the game are stripped down to the very basics. Starburst follows normal rules of paying out by rewarding the matching of consecutive symbols from left to right, however, winning combinations are not required to begin on the first reel. Winning combinations are rewarded not only for the left to right consecutive combinations but from right to left as well.
The inclusion of the Starburst Wilds is how you unlock some of the bigger wins as well as increase your chances of a payline win. Once a Starburst Wild symbol is hit, the reel will expand, and the wilds will lock in place. Then the remaining reels will re-spin to increase the chances of hitting a better payline. If new Starburst Wilds are hit during the re-spin, those wilds will lock in place with the original wilds and another re-spin will take place. This can happen a maximum of two additional times for a total of three re-spins. Also, Starburst Wilds will only appear on reels two, three, or four, and not on the first and last reel.
This is how you get into the upper bracket of payouts with a maximum payout of $50,000. There is no progressive jackpot feature in this game, however, there are still many ways to have sizeable payouts.
Ten paylines give you a chance to win with consecutive combinations of “BAR” symbols, 7’s, yellow diamonds, green emeralds, red rubies, blue sapphires, and purple diamonds. The “BAR” symbol is the highest paying symbol with a 250 to 1 return if you get five consecutive symbols on your bet. 200 to 1 on four consecutive symbols and 50 to 1 on three. You can win on multiple paylines at the same time as well adding to your overall winnings per spin. The Starburst Wild symbol will act as any game symbol that contributes to the best win possible for you.
The amount of the payout depends on your coin value and bet level. There are ten bet levels and the coin values come in intervals of $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, $0.50, and $1.00. Simply multiply the coin value by the bet level to get your total amount wagered per each spin.
For the payouts, simply multiply the payout amount from the paytable by the bet level and the coin value. For example, five consecutive 7’s has a payout of 120 multiplied by a bet level of 10 equals 1,200. Take the coin value of $0.50 and you get a payout of $600. Not too shabby! Win on multiple paylines at the same time for the big scores.
The highest payout on Starburst is $50,000.
The Starburst online slot game developed by NetEnt is fun, simple, and easy to win on. The graphics and music make this game interesting by giving it a retro look and feel while maintaining a space-age theme. A characteristic of the futuristic themed games we saw in the ’80s throughout Canada and the rest of North America. The gameplay is simple, and the inclusion of the Starburst Wilds makes for some added excitement with the possibility of bigger pay-outs without cluttering the game with distracting side games that may keep you entertained, but never pay-out big.
Overall, this game is ideal for players looking for a no-nonsense approach to their online slot games. No progressive jackpots or bonus games, but consistent payouts and still a chance at a max win of $50,000.