NetEnt’s Starburst is a modern twist on the classic slot. It combines simple graphics with an elegant five-reel, three-row format, offering just ten paylines to the player. Despite its title, Starburst actually has a theme of jewels, and these make up the symbols that the slot offers. The reels are on an ethereal, purple-haze background, which serves to make the gems stand out.
There are only five different gems, and these are of varying shapes and colours – blue, green, orange, yellow and purple. In addition, there are the bar and seven that are commonly found in traditional or classic slots. There is only one bonus symbol here, and this is represented by an exploding and colourful Starburst icon, which is the wild symbol and initiates the bonus.
Paylines and Bets
There are ten different paylines which remain fixed on the slot. This means that, when placing a bet, only the coin amount can be changed in order to affect the overall bet amount. Coin size can range from 0.01 through to 1, which means that there is a minimum bet of 0.10 and a maximum of 100.00. This wide range caters to all budgets.
Theme and Design
As previously mentioned, this slot is rather space-themed, even though it contains colourful jewels. The colours are bright and dazzling, creating an almost neon disco effect. As the reels spin and symbols pop up and disappear, the movements are backed by ethereal music that only serves to enhance the slightly surreal aspect of the game. Unlike some other slots, the sound effects are soothing rather than grating.
There are not many symbols in this game, which means that there is a higher chance of winning combinations. Added to this, wins can be made in blocks of symbols rather than just lines, with combinations also being from both right to left and left to right. There is a wild symbol, and this will expand to cover the whole reel, handing out free spins.
The lack of a large number of different symbols does mean that winning combinations do come up rather more frequently than is often the case with other slots. The multiple ways to win also makes up for the fact that there are not so many bonus features available. The game has been made fully compatible with all mobile devices in Touch format.
There is a distinct lack of bonus features, with only a simple wild offering a few free spins as a reward. Its simplicity, whilst endearing for some, can be seen as a negative by others who may prefer something a little more exciting with a bit more bang. The slot offers multiple payouts, but they do tend to be rather low-paying.
Overall, Starburst is an excellent slot that provides a good amount of entertainment to players. Its simple approach, yet elegant design and graphics, make it a highly attractive option. Added to this, there is a decent RTP of 96.1%, which makes this a rather hypnotic and moreish game, bringing players back time and again to get a few profitable spins out of it.