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Starburst is a creation from NetEnt software. NetEnt is a software provider for some of the top online casinos. They have brought us games like Gonzo’s Quest, Blood Suckers and South Park. Their slots are, in the opinion of many, the best around. The graphics are superior to most and the gameplay is superb.

Whenever I get the opportunity to play a NetEnt slot, I jump on it and a new game launch is usually an event on it’s own, stirring up promotions and campaigns all over all online casinos. I’m not here to sell you on playing their slots, I honestly feel that any video slot from NetEnt deserves attention and should at least be played once.

he beauty in Starburst is quite simple. Very simple. A little too simple come to think about it. There isn’t much going on as far as free spins, bonuses and all that god stuff. There is only one real bonus feature: Starburst Wilds.

The graphics and gameplay are what you could expect from one of the best in this business. It’s a bright, colorful slot with a mesmerizing soundtrack. The “anticipated” wins; as NetEnt likes to call it, will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat.

Starburst is also a mobile slot that can be played from most smart devices. It works on both iOS and Android operating systems. This means you can play it on a Galaxy, iPhone, iPad or any other device using one of these systems.

Slot summary

Game type Video Slot
Software provider NetEnt
Autoplay Option Yes
Slot reels / paylines 5 Reels 10 Paylines
Coins range 0.01 – 1.00
Min/Max bet 0.10 / 100
Max win 50,000
Free spins Re-Spins
Bonus rounds No
House edge 3.9%
Slot volatility Low

Short game explanation / pros and cons

The best, and only bonus feature is the Starburst Wild symbol. It’s an expanding wild that also re-triggers a spin. Sadly, but also intentionally, this is the only real bonus feature you can find in Starburst.

General Information

Starburst uses 5 reels and just 10 paylines. But don’t be confused if this sounds too simple, as the game offers two-way win lines, meaning you can line up symbols to the left or to the right. This means that even if you don’t have 3 symbols lined up at the first 3 reels, you could still end up hitting a massive winning combination.  Surprisingly, you can actually play Starburst for a large bet per spin. You would think that a game intended for recreational slot players, they would not have a large max bet, but Starburst allows you bet up to 100 coins at 1.00 value per spin if you like.

Of course, you can play for much smaller amounts if you prefer. As low as a penny if small ball is your thing.

Starburst has all the standard features such as coin selection, Autoplay and max bet. It’s simple, yet sophisticated enough to please even experienced slot players.

Symbols

Finally, a slot that deviates from the standard 10 through Ace symbols. The standard symbols in Starburst are all different colored gems. These will be the lower paying symbols and more common ones you see.

There is also a lucky 7, and a bar symbol. It’s much like a classic cherry slot that you would have found in a bar back in the early days of mechanical slot machines. Its simple and I dig it.

The bar symbol will be the highest paying symbol in the game. Hit 5 of these on the reels and you win the 250 coin payout.

Pros of Starburst

One of the biggest positives I took away from playing Starburst was its simplicity. A solid mix of easy to play and a dash of creativity, blended with a high max payout make Starburst a joy to play.

Cons of Starburst

Obviously, the lack of any real bonus round, free spins or other types of bonus features would be my main gripe.

In game bonus features

The one bonus feature in Starburst is a trifecta bonus. It revolves around the Starburst wild symbol and can be quite lucrative.

The wild symbol is a star if you can imagine that. It acts a normal wild symbol where as it replaces other symbols and creates a winning combination. But, it also expands across whatever reel it lands on to cover the entire reel. It will do this every time, not just at random.

Finally, it will trigger a re-spin every time. You can get a maximum of up to 3 re-spins in a row. And again, at least 1 re-spin will happen every time you land a wild symbol.

The wild will only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4.

Final thoughts

Starburst is about as simple as it gets when it comes to online slots. It holds many of the characteristics you would find in a classic cherry slot; while adding in some of the new style of online slot gaming. It’s a very well designed slot that does exactly what it’s supposed to do.

Yes, Starburst does not have all the flash and glamour of a slot rich in bonus features and other bonuses. But, it was not intended for this. If you are looking for something with lots of bonuses, Starburst isn’t for you.

The mesmerizing music, brilliant flashes of colours and thrills of an ever expanding wild simbol combined with it’s big winning potential and simplistic design and rules make it a slot sure to be a classic for many years to come.