Starburst – Potential to win really big

Starburst

A colourful and fast-moving slot game, or Pokie as they are sometimes called, Starburst is entertaining and fun, with the potential for big-money pay-outs. It has a classic arcade look-and-feel that will be familiar to older players who will, perhaps, remember the physical pokies that you would have found in arcades and bars in years gone by.

The theme is out of this world – literally. You’re in space, travelling the galaxy, collecting stars. Well, that’s the basic idea. Of course, you’re actually firmly planted on our fair planet, simply whiling away the time, or maybe trying to earn your fortune. After all, there are some very big prizes to be won!

Starburst can be played on a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, giving you the chance to play wherever there is a reasonable internet connection. In the office, on your sofa, in bed (check with your significant other-half first though), on the train, in the bath, or even on the International Space Station (I think those guys have a pretty good internet connection).

Released out of the NetEnt stable in 2012, Starburst has all the attention to detail you would expect from this giant of the gaming world. The guys and girls at NetEnt have been in this business since 1996. They’ve had their ups and downs, but now know exactly what they are doing. In fact, take a look at the “about us” page on their website for their amusing video celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary.

Back to Starburst. It’s fun. It’s colourful. It’s vibrant. It’s fast-paced. It’s an all-time classic. And there’s the potential to win big – REALLY big. There are several exciting features, including Win Both Ways and expanding Starburst Wilds, but more about that later.

The fast pace of the game, combined with the Starburst Wilds and the Win Both Ways features, more than make up for there being only ten pay lines.

Starburst has stood the test of time. First hitting the pokies scene in 2012, it has remained ever-popular, possibly because of its blend of classic arcade game and cutting edge fast-paced technology.

Game Theme

As you might reasonably expect, Starburst has a galactic theme. Yes … it’s out of this World! OK, sorry about that. But it has a space theme, with glittering gemstones and classic pokie symbols such as Lucky Sevens, Bars, and the all-important Starburst Slot Wilds. All are set against a pleasing purple background. It really is a colourful experience. And with your device’s sound cranked up, you certainly won’t be falling asleep as those stars burst. But keep your headset on when playing on the train, or you may find yourself sitting by the trackside as the train disappears over the horizon.

Game Features

The game features a five-reel, three-row playing area with ten pay lines. But the game is really about the Starburst Wild Symbols, which can quickly multiply across the screen to give you ample opportunities to win free spins and more money.

It’s fast. In fact, it’s really fast. Once you get into the rhythm, time will fly by.

Wild Symbols

The Starburst Wild Symbols are probably what the game is best known for. They appear and expand very quickly, giving you exciting opportunities to see your bet grow and to receive free spins.

The Starburst Wilds feature is activated when one or more Wilds appear on reels 2, 3 or 4. When they do, the Wilds expand around the entire reel and stay there while the other reels spin. And if another Wild appears, they too expand and remain in place while the other reels spin, giving you up to three free re-spins. The Wilds remain in place until no new Starburst Wilds appears.

Free Spins

Free spins are awarded for filling the reels with those iconic Starburst Wilds. You can win up to three spins at a time, significantly increasing your chances of winning.

Other Ways to Win

I guess it’s not really another way to win. Or is it? You decide. Anyway, Starburst features Win Both Ways. If you’ve not come across this before, it basically means that winning lines work in both directions, from left to right and right to left. Most pokies only have left to right winning lines.

Pay Table

To view the Pay Table, click on the clearly marked button on the left side of the screen, under the first reel. As already noted, Starburst’s beauty is in its simplicity. Therefore, you will see only two Pay Table screens displaying symbol values. As you would expect, the very traditional Bar and Lucky 7 symbols are, by far, the most valuable.

But what is also useful is that the pay lines are clearly illustrated on the pay table, even though there are only ten of them.

Jackpot Size

Starburst can potentially deliver a life-changing winning experience for you. A maximum jackpot of $50,000 has to be significant in almost everybody’s world.

Starburst game developers NetEnt suggest an RTP (Return to Player) rate of 96.06%. That doesn’t, of course, mean that every player will get 96.06% of their stake back, because some players will win more than others. What it means is that for every $100 bet by ALL players, $96.06 will be returned as winnings.

Minimum and Maximum Bets

The minimum bet on Starburst is $0.01, while for the more ambitious and confident player, you can bet up to a maximum of $100. The coin size can vary from $0.1 to $1, with bet levels from 1 to 10. By putting everything to the maximum you will be betting $100 per spin. The increased bet level gives you the maximum available number of ten pay lines, increasing your odds of winning.

Play for fun, or play to win some serious money – the choice is yours. How confident are you that you can travel to the stars?

Software

Starburst comes out of the NetEnt stable. This reputable games developer has been around for more than 20 years and the folks at NetEnt really know what they’re doing. Their servers are vast and scattered around the World. You can be confident in the levels of performance and reliability of both the software and hardware that our friends at NetEnt are delivering.

Those genius IT gurus talk about SLA, or Service Level Agreement. In our language, that’s their guarantee of the percentage of time that their servers and software are “up”, or working just tickety-boo. The clever folks at NetEnt guarantee “up-time” of 99.9%, every day of the year. After all, they have been doing and investing in this for a long time!

Verdict

Intentionally simple, to reflect a retro arcade feel, yet with a state-of-the-art backline, this game is a perennial crowd-pleaser. Colourful, fun, loud (if you crank up the volume), fast moving, and with a staggering $50,000 maximum prize to be won, Starburst sticking around for many years to come is a pretty safe bet. Fasten your seatbelts, light the blue touch paper, a prepare for lift off!