Starburst slot game by NetEnt is one of the simplest pleasures that online casino gaming can offer. It is unpretentious, yet satisfying; spare and uncluttered, yet triumphant and thrilling. There’s a reason why you’ll find Starburst on the great majority of casinos, even if the platform is not powered by NetEnt. The slot is unrivalled too in the number of free spins and bonus promotions specifically offered for it. So, why is that? What is it about this retro-style Swedish slot if you’ve never played before?
Starburst Slot Background
In our article about how to choose the best new casinos, I described Lisa the Starburst junkie, “who loves the dulcet, synthesizer-induced, space-aged torpor of spinning those neon gemstones over and over again.” This is about as succinctly as I can sum up the understated, metronomic and vaguely hypnotizing euphoria of playing Starburst.
Released in 2012 by NetEnt, Starburst soon became a slot a casino needed to have to compete for players. The starburst logo, frankly, became nothing short of iconic.
Soon after, NetEnt released Starburst Touch, the mobile counterpart. Thanks to NetEnt’s superior graphics and gameplay, Starburst Touch is almost even better than the desktop equivalent. The mobile slot is efficient, streamlined, crisp and versatile; it can be played in both portrait and landscape on your smartphone or tablet, an innovation that NetEnt are particularly proud of. A lot of its appeal is due to the game’s simplicity.
Starburst is a 5-reel video slot, with up to 10 paylines. That may sound like a stingy number, but, rather unusually, the paylines pay both left to right and right to left. In that sense, there are double the opportunities to win.
The minimum stake is 1c and the maximum bet per line is $10. This means you can bet up to $100 during a spin.* The slot also has a very sophisticated Autoplay option. Once you click the Autoplay button next to the main spin button, you can choose how many spins you want the autoplay to proceed for. You can choose 10, 25, 50, 75, and 100. Then, click the advanced settings to choose whether you want to stop the auto-play if a certain scenario happens. These options in Starburst include stopping the auto play after any win, if a single win exceeds a certain amount (at your discretion), if your cash balance increases by a certain amount, or likewise if your cash balance decreases by a certain amount. As well as being a nifty tool, it also helps players to stay responsible and not bet more than they can afford.
The symbols include a Gold Bar, a classic casino 7, a yellow citrine gem, a bright emerald, a ruby, a sapphire and an amethyst purple gemstone. With a full slate of golden bars paying both ways, you could hit the maximum payout of 50,000 coins. But the symbol that is unique to Starburst, and often considered a large part of its popularity, is the Starburst Wild. Find out more below.
*The bet size range may depend on the casino that you’re playing at.
- Jackpot Win 500
- Scatter Symbol No
- Volatility Low
- Wild Symbol Yes
- RTP 96.1%
- Quick Spin Yes
- Bet Value 0.01-100.00
- Max Bet 100.00
Special Bonus Features
Though Starburst doesn’t have a bonus feature in the traditional sense, the Starburst Wilds is an incredibly popular and unique feature. The Starburst Wilds are rainbow star flowers that when they appear, they expand and cascade down the entire reel. They can appear on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th reel and trigger a respin, with the wilds staying on their respective reels. If you win again, then another respin will be triggered. This can happen up to 3 times, before normal gameplay is resumed.
Unfortunately, if there is no win on the respin, the light of the wilds will fade, and the game will slink back to its normal mode. However, there are very few things that compare to the thrill of the synthesizer music that explodes when you first hit your Starburst wilds. Though I cannot convey it in writing, play the demo now and you’ll see exactly what I mean.