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The Wombat says: Starbursts. Back in my day they were called Opal Fruits. Remember that? Well you probably won’t if you’re under 35, but anyway… Along with Marathons (which are now called Snickers) this wombat never got used to the new fangled names.
You could find Strawberry, Lime & Lemon and Blackcurrant flavours in a packet and that was your lot. None of this Tropical Fruits, Sours or Very Berry malarkey that you get nowadays. I mean I’m pretty surprised they managed to make a game out of them to honest.
They were juicy and all that, but nothing to write home about, really. In fact this wombat much preferred Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles, the ones with sugar on the outside – hmm, very tasty they were…
Oh, I see…
Right. It’s nothing at all to do with the fruity sweets at all, is it? (That’s the Candyland slot ). Apologies. Mrs Wombat has just informed me that Starburst slot actually is actually one of NetEnt’s most popular games ever, and one that will take you on an intergalactic trip to the outer reaches of the universe to search for deep space wins!
Your sci-fi mission, should you choose to accept it, is to pick up as many brightly coloured gemstones along the pay-lines as you can, to scoop prizes of black hole proportions. And the graphics are superb too (a long way from the likes of the Irish Eyes slot machine to give you an example). So what do we make of the slot? Well let’s take a look!
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 this wombat’s other fave NetEnt games include Finn and The Swirly Spin and 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 decided to venture into another type of online slot innovation in 2011 which was mobile gaming – 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 fun new games.
Look and Feel
This wombat likes the star-filled night sky in the background for starters, and the celestial sci-fi music’s not bad either. The colours actually remind us of the Dazzle Me slot machine which is another gem stone filled classic. But aside from that, Starburst slot we mostly think that looks like the opening credits of a 1970s TV show with its black background and spangly with stars. In fact we’d go as far to say this game isn’t groundbreaking in the graphics department and yet… this release is a massive fave with online slot fans.
‘But why?’ I hear you ask. Well let us explain. It’s all to do with the very generous payouts, which happen a lot more often than on your average online fruit machine.
While some slot fans bemoan the lack of extra features and bonus games and complain that the pay outs are huge, most others swear by Starburst! For them this low variance slot keeps their balance stable. And after all, that’s what low variance games are supposed to do – keep your coffers ticking over nicely with their smaller, but more frequent wins.
Starburst slot’s popularity is also down to the ‘win both ways’ game mechanics; where your winning combinations pay out from left to right AND from right to left. The two-way pays in Starburst slot increase your win potential, especially if you hit the 5x combinations, where you effectively double your prize. Whoo-hoo!
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.
Plus, if you’ve been spinning the reels for a while and feel need the need for some refreshment then click on the autoplay option and go and put the kettle on! It’s perfect if you want to enjoy a long session but don’t want to necessarily watch every single spin of the game.
Autoplay does exactly what it says on the tin: the game will keep playing automatically until you specify certain things. So, you can set the reels to stop after a certain win amount, or you can also choose to finish your spins if you go below a certain number in your cash balance.
Starburst slot has 5 reels 3 rows and 10 pay-lines. OK, so 10 sounds a bit on the low side, but as we just mentioned these awesome win lines actually run from both sides – so from left to right and from right to left –which means Wombat fans you actually have 20 of them in total. Now that’s more like it!
Bets range from 10p per spin and go up to a maximum of £100 which means there is something on offer for all of you players. From the more frugal slot fans to the high rollers among you.
Your symbols on the space age reels are made up of a whole host of glittering jewel-planet icon thingies that come in sapphire blue, amethyst purple, topaz yellow, amber orange, and emerald green. You’ll also find the lucky number 7 on your reels along with the highest paying symbol in the game; the good old fashioned Bar. Land 5x of these on a pay-line and you’ll be scooping up a cool 250 coins to add to your coffers.
As you might have noticed, there are no Scatters in Starburst slot, only wilds – but more on those below.
Free Spins and Bonus Features
‘Ok, so there’s no bonus round’, I hear you cry. And you’d be right. BUT the Starburst Wild feature makes up for it by the bucket load.
These cheeky and rather lucrative Wilds appear on reels 2, 3 and 4 and when you do land one, there really won’t be any missing it. The Wild will take over the whole screen and you will be awarded a re-spin that keeps on going until there are no more Wilds left on the reels. Each additional Starburst Wild will give you another re-spin, and you can get up to 3 of them total. 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 are big ones. See below…
Now here’s the part that really gets our fur tingling. If you do manage to land 3x of the expanding Starburst Wilds, you could scoop a veritable jackpot of £50,000. Yes that’s right 50 ruddy K. Which is a life changing sum.
Aside from that, most of your wins will come from the base game – as with its return to player percentage being over 96%, it’s a low-variance game. It’s a unique slot too, as this wombat managed to win over 150x the original bet on several occasions now. It’s a big thumbs up to NetEnt.
Starbust Slot on Mobile
As more and more of you slot fans are using mobile devices to give their favourite slots a spin, this game is optimised for all screen sizes including mobile, tablet and desktop (as you’d quite rightly expect from NetEnt).
This game looks as good on your smartphone as Bloopers slot does, so you can keeping aiming for those Starburst Wilds while you’re on the go, or even in the bus, This teaser video will give you a quick peek at the game look and plays…
Less is more sometimes Wombat fans, and this is definitely the case with Starburst slot. It might be coming up for 5 years old but it’s a colourful and simple game and most importantly, it pays out BIG – the 3 things that this wombat likes a lot from Slotland.
If there was one teeny tiny criticism that this wombat has, it would be to say that Starburst slot could benefit from a second-screen bonus feature. We quite like those pick-a-prize mini games that NetEnt often provide, as they mix things up a little bit. Perhaps we will see one in Starburst 2!
There have been many Starburst rip offs from other games developers but we can honestly say that if a gem/planet-themed slot is your thing, then you won’t find better than this truly excellent game. Reach for the stars slot geeks!
Yes, this game from NetEnt is so huge that it has inspired all sorts of copy cat versions from all sorts of gamesmakers who are trying to get a piece of the action. So we have the likes of Flux, Space Gems, Stardust, Heartburst, Starmania – you get the picture? Well, they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
However good these games are, they don’t quite hit the heights of the original Starburst. It just seems to hit the spot with so many players and has been so successful that even NetEnt have started too bring out copy cat versions of their own games (like slot newcomer BerryBurst for example)!
Well after all this talk there’s only one thing for it, you’ve got to give it a go!
Wombat score: 5/5
It’s an all time classic from NetEnt.