Starburst

slot review (NetEnt)

Graphics 82%
Sounds 74%
Fun 77%
Volatility 79%
Overall 76%

Regular game:

Starburst is a 5×3 playfield game from NetEnt with 10 lines in play. Apparently it is one of the most popular slots on the net. 

The game pace is fast, graphics are simple but pleasant to the eye, and music is complimentary in setting the game among stars. Symbols are stacked. What is unusual is that wins count from left, but also from the right side of the screen, so you can collect nice wins in the regular game. In the video, you can see how winning from right side works, with 7s being connected by the Wild symbol which is the main feature of the game.  

Features:

Stars are wilds and they appear only on middle reels – 2,3 and 4.

Although the Stars are the key to the game, still you can connect for some nice wins even without them, like in this video. Sevens are the second most valuable symbol, after Bars. 

This expanding of the Star wilds to all positions on the reel reminds me a lot of the bonus round in Book of …. series (Ra, Dead, etc,). I guess that is why the game is called Starburst. 

Bonus:

You can’t really call it a bonus round, but collecting a first star not only expands to the entire reel, but also stays locked and triggers a re-spin. You are hoping to collect more stars on adjacent reels so as to have the entire section covered in wilds. That can lead to some nice wins, especially if you cover the remaining reels with valuable symbols. 

As expected, getting the first Star happens quite often. Two is much more difficult and three happens quite rarely. 

Verdict:

The strongest point of the Starburst is its simplicity and speed. It is easy to understand and play and that gives it a special appeal. On the other hand, simplicity is also it’s the weakest point as there are not many variations to the game and there is no progressive goal you can hope for.  

This is an interesting compilation of nice wins done on Starburst.