Almost everyone in the slot space knows how successful the Starburst slot has been, so what is all the hype about? This game is one of NetEnt’s most popular and it’s one that takes you on an intergalactic trip to the outer reaches of the galaxy in search of deep space wins!
So there you have it! If that sounds ‘Wild’, then it most certainly is, as we’ll explain below.
Starburst in an online slot machine with 5 reels and 3 rows that is themed on space and gems. There are 10 pay-lines on the slot that pay both left to right and right to left, so equivalent to 20 lines.
This is a low volatility slot that was launched in November 2013. It is one of NetEnt’s most popular games which has inspired many copycats and remains very popular with players around the world.
The maximum win is 600x your stake. Main features include Expanding Symbols, Wild Re-spins, Re-spins, Wilds (also Expanding).
Your slot machine mission is to land as many of the same brightly coloured gemstones along the pay-lines as you can, and scoop prizes of stellar proportions.
The graphics and soundtrack are superb (a long way from the likes of the Irish Eyes slot machine). Give it a spin yourself if you like. Just register at Wombat Casino above and play our free Starburst demo.
Look and Feel
This wombat likes the star-filled night sky in the background of the Starburst slot for starters, and the celestial music’s not bad either. The colours actually remind us of the Dazzle Me slot machine which is another gem stone filled classic.
This game was a groundbreaker in the graphics department and remains a big favourite with online slot fans.
Starburst Slot Success
Let us explain why this game has been so successful. It’s all to do with the game play, with a win frequency that ticks along nicely. More often than on your average online fruit machine.
While some slot fans may complain about the lack of extra features, many others swear by Starburst! This low variance slot pays regularly and keeps the entertainment high. That’s what low variance games are supposed to do – keep your coffers ticking over nicely with their smaller, but more frequent wins, and if you are lucky, it can pay off handsomely.
Starburst slot’s popularity is also down to the ‘Win Both Ways’ game mechanic, where your winning combinations pay out from left to right AND from right to left. The two-way pays in Starburst slot soups up your win potential, especially if you hit the 5x combinations, where you effectively double your prize.
Another reason for this slot’s success is the Starburst free play, the ability to demo the game before playing, allowing you to experience the slot without putting down money.
I know most slots do this, but NetEnt just seem to make it easier and the game is fast to load on a phone.
Starburst comes with all sorts of options, just click on the console below the reels or the spanner symbol and you can choose between sound on or off, fast spins and space bar spin activation.
Starburst Slot Gameplay
This game has 5 reels and 3 rows and 10 pay-lines. OK, so ten lines sounds a bit on the low side, but as we just mentioned these win lines actually run from both sides. So from left to right and from right to left. Which means there are effectively 20 of them.
Bets range from 0.10 per spin and go up to a maximum of 100.00 which means there is something on offer for all players. Your symbols on the reels are made up of jewel-planet icons that come in sapphire blue, amethyst purple, topaz yellow, amber orange, and emerald green.
You’ll also find the lucky 7 on your reels along with the highest paying symbol in the game; the good ol’ fashioned Bar. Land 5x of these on a pay-line and you’ll be scooping up a cool 250 coins.
Although you will only scoop the highest win per pay-line, you can win on multiple pay-lines so you might see a “Combo” message come up, or even a “Super Combo”
There are no Scatters in the Starburst slot, only wilds which are the Starburst star logos that drop in with a pleasing “whoosh” – but more on those below.
Free Spins and Bonus Features
There is no bonus feature in this slot but don’t let that put you off, the Starburst Wild feature more than makes up for it! Here is how they work:
These cheeky and lucrative Wilds appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 and when you do land one, you can’t miss them. The Wild expands and takes over the whole reel and you will get a re-spin that keeps on going until there are no more Wilds left on the reels.
Each additional Starburst Wild gives you another re-spin, up to a maximum of 3. Excellent! Get all 3 middle reels full of the shiny Starburst Wilds and you could pick up Combo and Super Combo wins. Basically, the Starburst Wild brings in the wins… And there can be big ones.
Starburst Slot Win Potential
Now here’s the part that players will really love. If you do manage to land 3x of the expanding Starburst Wilds, you could scoop a nice jackpot of 50,000!
Aside from that, most of your wins will come from the base game. The return to player percentage is over 96%. It’s a low-variance game: a big thumbs up to NetEnt.
Most of you slot fans are using mobile devices to give their favourite games a spin these days, so this slot game is optimised for all screen sizes including mobile, tablet and desktop.
This game looks as good on your smartphone as the Bloopers slot does, so you can keep aiming for those Starburst Wilds while you’re on the go. It’s always nice to see Sturburst games optimised for play on the go.
About The Developer
Net Entertainment was founded in 1996 in Sweden, and those Scandinavian slot wizards have been making a reputation for themselves ever since by creating some of the best online casino games in the business.
Their slots are characterised by some seriously smooth play and top-notch graphics as well as new and innovative game mechanics.
Some of the Wombat’s other favourite NetEnt games include Finn and The Swirly Spin and the Guns ‘n’ Roses slot.
In 2010, NetEnt launched Gonzo’s Quest. The slot became a massive hit as it was one of the first ever games that used 3D graphics and Avalanche symbols.
Riding this wave of success, NetEnt were innovators in mobile gaming in 2011. Now every NetEnt game is optimised for use on all devices, and some slots are even designed for mobile only. They release new games every month, so keep your eyes peeled for their fresh and fun new games.
Less is sometimes more, and this is definitely the case with the Starburst slot. It might have been around for a bit, but it’s a colourful and simple game and most importantly, it can pay out BIG – the 3 things that this wombat likes from a slot.
If there was one criticism, it would be to say that Starburst slot could benefit from a second-screen bonus feature. Perhaps we will see one in Starburst 2?
There have been many attempts to replicate Starburst Slots in the UK by other slot game developers but we can honestly say that if a gem/planet-themed slot is your thing, then you won’t find a better game.
Well after all this talk there’s only one thing for it, you’ve got to give it a go! The Starburst slot is an all time classic from NetEnt.
Wombat score: 5/5
Is Starburst NetEnt's Most Popular Game?
Yes, probably. It is certainly the most famous. The only other contender is Gonzo’s Quest
Why are there no Free Spins in Starburst?
Instead of a Free Spins bonus, Starburst triggers re-spins off its Wild symbols. You´ll have to try it to see what we mean, but it´s a great feature. You don´t need a free spins bonus with all of this going on!
What is the Biggest Win Multiple in Starburst?
You can win up to 500x your bet when you land all of the BARS on the left to right and right to left mechanic. Not bad!
How does the Starburst Wild feature work?
Land a Starburst star on the middle 3 reels and it will expand to cover all of the reel. You will hear a Star Trek like sound, and the remaining reels will re-spin.
Why is Starburst so Popular?
Because the Starburst slot is a low-to-medium variance game, it pays out smaller wins more frequently. This is a popular feature of the game, and because there are fewer bonuses to get your head around, it’s an easy game to fire up and play. When those Starburst Wilds start expanding, it really sets off the adrenaline with that “woosh” sound mechanic.