It is with much irony that one slot game reviewer notes that we can, and do get game potentials very wrong. Back in 2012 when the iconic Starburst slot was released by software giants Net Entertainment, many slot fans, including myself, thought that it was very pretty but too simplistic.
The players, however, responded in their droves to a stunningly rendered, simple to play game which featured audio and 3D animations delivered to a new standard in online slot games, a theme which is now a hallmark of NetEnt titles and has propelled them from small Scandinavian based specialists to industry leaders in a very short space of time.
Fast forward four years and Starburst is the benchmark companies measure by for a simple slot. It is widely regarded as the single most played slot worldwide at any time in addition to being the most successful modern online slot game, despite the lack of progressive jackpot or crazy bonus features.
Type: Video Slot, Animated Symbols
Structure: 5 Reels, 3 Rows, 1-10 Active Pay-lines
Bets: 10 Coin Per Line Max, Coin Values, 0. 01 – 10. 00
Min/Max Total Stake: 0. 01 – 100. 00 £/$/€
Max Win: 50, 000x Coins / 500, 000 £/$/€
Wild: Yes – Substitutes for all symbols, expands over the whole reel, sticks, and triggers a reel respin up to 3x.
Other Features: Pay-Table, Auto-Play, Win Both Ways, Skill Stop, Quick Spin
The key to Starburst is its playability, the game may be simple, but it is also seamless on any device you care to play it on, from a web browser to iOS or Android based phones and everything in between. The reels, animations, music and sound effects are all perfectly in sync with this game, they all aid the theme and gameplay to make this quite immersive for what is such a basic core title at heart. If you have been asleep for the last four years, let me give you the full space tour.
The transparent reels sit on a backdrop of a star-filled universe, background animations and interference are pretty minimal as the reel win and symbol graphics are the big draw. The ambiance in this space themed game is almost ethereal and haunting so well produced is the audio. Pay icons themselves couldn’t be simpler, you get four starry precious gems, and, in a nod to the classic Las Vegas casino slots of old, the two high pay icons are a bar and seven symbols.
The big draw of Starburst in terms of actual gameplay is twofold, firstly it has a simple anyways win system where icons can line up from left to right, or right to left, leaving your pay-lines easy to follow. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly is the Starburst expanded wild symbol, which appears on reels 2, 3 or 4 and will expand to fill the whole reel. When the wild does this, it sticks and initiates a reel respin up to three times, it doesn’t take a NASA employee to figure out this is where the big wins are to be had.
When you do catch a big win, the screen will light up with the awesome big win special effects, that said, even the small win graphics are much more developed than on most games.
The cost of entry is low too, the minimum bet on Starburst is just 10. 00 Coins for all lines whilst the max is 100. 00, given the 50, 000 coin jackpot the potential win to bet ratio is huge. Another reason that NetEnt changed the online slot landscape was their RTP percentage, which on Starburst is a massive 96%, let’s put that in perspective a minute – the game edge is less than 4% in favor of the house in the long term. Of course, you can also play for free or for cash as a mobile or a web browser non-download slot, so you get to try before you buy.
It becomes very obvious why this is the number one most common stocked game across the online casino industry and is the game many casino’s offer welcome free spins and promotional offers on, such as popular euro site Hopa who we reviewed recently. Swedish owned mobile casino specialists LeoVegas even run a ‘Starburst Festival’ every year as their main casino promotion of the season, with cash rewards and prize giveaways, this is a game that reached for the stars and found its place in the slot game hall of fame.