An Overview of Starburst
This modern classic from Net Entertainment has been in existence for something like a decade already, and yet it remains one of the most popular slots around. Its transparent reels, colourful graphics and soothing electronic score were ground-breaking at the time of its release in 2012.
Back then, most games were still being played on clunky old PCs and laptops. Today, the majority of gaming is done on the go on smartphones on tablets. Yet the thrill is the same. Starburst is such a design classic that it is as impressive to play on a touch screen as it ever was with mouse and monitor. Its sparkly gemstones look great on the more compact screens, and its lack of complicated extra features makes it simple to play whatever your device of choice.
Today, Starburst continues to charm players even though technology and fashions in gaming have moved on so much. Online casino operators love the game too – its beauty and simplicity makes it a perfect introduction to slots. So it is no surprise that it is frequently used as a lure on promotional introductory offers, with the intention of attracting new players to their casino.
Starburst has a standard, five reel, three row format. The reels are populated mostly by sparkly gemstones but there is also a lucky Number 7 and a BAR symbol. These give the game a bit of an old school fruit machine feel. The sound effects and gemstones, which explode into sparks if they form a winning combination, also add to the arcade atmosphere.
The symbols run in clusters, which somehow add to the attractiveness of the game – it looks sumptuous, and the explosions which announce your wins add even further to the spectacular beauty. You can ‘win both ways’ too, not just the usual left to right format.
The actual game itself couldn’t be simpler. Just tap or click on the big green button and off you go. There are just ten pay lines, and you can play with as little or as much as you like. Many casinos have a trial or ‘play for fun’ option, which enables you to play the game for free. If you do want to try your luck, Starburst should be able to accommodate all budgets. Stakes can run from just 1p up to £100 per spin.
The Return to Player Rate (RTP) is 96%.
Starburst truly is a simple game. There aren’t even any Scatter symbols. That doesn’t mean that you don’t get any free spins though. These come from the game’s big feature – its iconic and spectacular Starburst Wilds. These multi-coloured symbols can appear on any of the three central reels. When they appear, they expand to cover the entire reel. They are then held in place while all the other reels are re-spun. If you are lucky enough to get another Starburst Wild on your reels, this too expands and is held while you are awarded another re-spin. The process continues until you get no more extra Wilds. The maximum number of re-spins each time this process is triggered is three.