Starburst Game Information
The Starburst online slot is a 5-reel, 10-payline casino game provided by NetEnt. Since its release in 2012, Starburst has grown to be not only the most popular online slot developed by NetEnt, but probably the number one most popular online slot available anywhere. Hundreds of online casinos carry Starburst, and several make use of the game’s popularity as a promotional tool, offering bonus spins on the game in the hope of enticing new slots players.
Starburst Gameplay and Symbols
The game features bright, ‘space-age’ graphics and is extremely easy to play, which forms part of its immense appeal. You get to choose your own coin size for Starburst, from 0.01 to 1.00, as well as the number of lines you want in play, from one to ten. All lines ‘work both ways’ from reel one to reel five and vice versa, so in effect there are twenty paylines in play if you go for the maximum.
There are ten possible betting levels, also from one to ten. The betting level is simply the number of coins you wish to gamble. The more coins you gamble, the more coins you win if the reels land lucky for you. Your total stake is your coin value multiplied by your betting level multiplied by the number of lines you have chosen to have in play.
There are eight symbols in total: five jewels in various hues, a ‘lucky seven’ symbol and a ‘bar’ symbol. The blue and purple gems have the lowest payouts – landing three of them in sequence on an active pay line will win you x5 your bet-per-line. The ‘bar’ symbol is the big payer, with five of them on an active pay line landing you a pleasant x250 jackpot.
All symbols are stacked ‘three high’ on the reels. If the reels line up perfectly, then sizeable wins are achievable in the form of ‘combo’ wins. If you do win more than one jackpot on the same spin your wins are added together, but you cannot win two jackpots via the same pay line – it’s the one that’s the most valuable that counts.
The final symbol in the game is the ‘Starburst wild’ symbol which triggers the slot’s sole bonus feature, as explained below.
Starburst Bonus Features
The aforementioned ‘Starburst wild’ symbol triggers the bonus feature. This symbol is a multi-coloured eight-point star, and only appears on reels two, three and four.
The symbol acts as a normal wild symbol in that it substitutes for all other symbols, but once landed it automatically expands up and down the entire reel and triggers a re-spin. Naturally, re-spins are highly lucrative, as one reel will now be completely wild.
If, on the re-spin, you land another wild symbol, this too will expand and trigger a second re-spin, and a third if the same thing happens again.
If you are really lucky, you could end up with the central three reels completely wild, and reels one and five covered with ‘bar’ symbols. This would give you the maximum of twenty winning lines worth 250x, hence amassing that 50,000 coin jackpot.
Despite being such a simple game, it’s not difficult to work at why Starburst has become arguably the online world’s most popular slot. The graphics are bright and game-play is fast and beautifully animated. Landing combos is always thrilling, plus the expanding wilds feature can give rise to some generous jackpots. Starburst truly is an excellent title from NetEnt, one of the bona fide masters of online slots creation.