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Starburst Slot

The NetEnt classic with expanding wilds and re-spins.
One of the most popular slot games of all time.

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The Starburst Slot- is this the most famous game on the Internet? probably. NetEnt have some pretty fine games, but this must be a contender.

It’s probably their most popular game so that says something- like the Foxin’ Wins slot is for NextGen.

Key Facts

Starburst has 5 reels and 3 rows and the theme is all about space and gems. Quite a combination! Although this game has no free spins round, the entertainment is kept high with wilds and re-spins.

  • RTP: 96.1%
  • There are 10 paylines that pay out left to right and right to left
  • Starburst is a low variance game, expect more frequent lower value wins
  • Even so, the maximum win is 500x your bet
  • Features include expanding symbols, re-spin wilds and expanding wilds
  • Starburst was launched by NetEnt in 2013

Intro

It’s a very bright and vivid game with some pretty traditional symbols like BARS, 7s, and various different coloured gemstones and it has 10 pay-lines. But the big news, is that symbols pay from left to right (like most slots starting from reel 1) AND from right to left (starting from reel 5).

The highest win will be paid out on each active pay-line (they don’t pay out twice unfortunately- that would be nice wouldn’t it!)

You can play Starburst at Wombat Casino. Or play our free Starburst demo game below.

Starburst Free Demo

If you are playing on a mobile, you can play in portrait mode (screen vertical) or landscape mode (screen horizontal.

Starburst Slot Review

Net Entertainment are well known for their punchy graphics and entertaining game play (try the newer Wild Wild West slot out for instance)- so much so, that the longer established developers like Microgaming, Playtech and IGT have had to up their game to keep in contention.

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of competition! Now NetEnt have developers like ELK, Thunderkick and Stormcraft snapping at their heels as well.

When you first fire Starburst up, it looks like a traditional fruity, although the graphics are pretty swish. Once you start playing, you will realise that this is an unfair comparison! If you the sort of player who likes maximum flexibility on betting, you are going to love this game as you can select different coin sizes, pay-lines and bet levels on this game.

We’d suggest going for all 10 lines and managing your bet with the coin size and bet level. But it depends how volatile you want the slot to be. You’ll see more wins with 10 pay-lines activated, but the return on your overall bet may be lower. It’s a similar theory when you cover a lot of the table in roulette versus just betting on a few numbers. High table coverage is like betting on maximum pay-lines. Low table coverage is like betting on fewer pay-lines.

Starburst Super Combo

Starburst Wilds

You’ll see some nice action off the wild symbols which are the multi-coloured star symbols- even more so than the Superman II slot, and that’s saying something. They will stand in for all of the symbols and they appear on the middle 3 reels: 2, 3, and 4.

But that’s not all. They expand over the entire reel and trigger a re-spin- you can get up to 3 re-spins on these star bursts! You can win up to 50,000 coins on this slot- if you are playing 1.00 coins, that is quite a jackpot and it’s not half bad if you play with 10p/c coins.)


Pros and Cons

  • Entertaining graphics and sound
  • A steady, frequent drum beat of action
  • Ths expanding wilds and re-spins add excitement
  • This game pays left to right AND right to left
  • Wins are more frequent (low variance) but also lower value

Combos

When you land a win on more than one pay-line, you’ll see “COMBO” flash up. With the Expanding Wilds, you may well see a “SUPER-COMBO” and if the whole screen explodes in a big Supernova, you may even see MEGA COMBO, BIG WIN!

That’s when it gets exciting.

More Starburst Games

What do games developers generally do when they have a hit on their hands like Starburst? They launch a series of games under the same banner. Let’s take a look at the other games in the range.

Slingo Starburst

Launched in 2021, Slingo Starburst is a mash up of of a bingo and slots, with each round lasting 10 spins. On every spin, bingo numbers are revealed and if they pair with numbers on the bingo card, they will be marked off. Wilds and extra spins can also be drawn

If you get 3 or more slingos, you’ll be taken to a Starburst mini-slot. The more slingos you get, the further up up the symbol ladder you’ll get, and you’ll be able to fire off a Win Spin with higher paying symbols.

Starburst XXXTreme

This variant also launched in 2021. It has a higher RTP than the original at 96.3%, and, unlike the first game in the series, it is a volatile game with a maximum jackpot of 200,000x your stake.

There are also multipliers in this sequel. When you land a wild, a x2 to x150 multiplier will be linked to any winning combination you achieve. Unlike the first game, Starburst XXXTreme only pays one way (left to right).

Summary

A fantastic slot and now something of a classic- we can understand why it is so popular. There have been many copycat games launched by rival developers, but Starburst is the leading game in this category.

There are no scatters and no bonus rounds, so you might be scratching your heads trying to understand why this game is so popular.

Well it’s all about those Expanding Starburst wilds and their accompanying re-spins. When you get a few of these, and the wins start racking up both left to right AND right to left, you’ll quickly understand the Starburst slot’s popularity.

Game Features

Name
Starburst
Provider
NetEnt
RTP%
96.1%
Layout
5 reels 3 rows
Paylines
10, pay both ways
Variance
Low
Max jackpot
500x your stake
Hit Frequency
22.7%
Theme
Space, gems. stars, supernova
Free Spins Bonus?
No
Progressive Jackpot
No
Launched
Nov 2013

Q&A

  • How do the Starburst Wilds Work?
    if you drop in a Starburst wild symbol (the stars) on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th reels, you will trigger Starburst Wilds. The Starburst wild star expands across all 3 rows within its reel and freezes in situ for a free-respin. If another Starburst wild appears, thuis can repeat up to to 3 fully wild reels with 3 re-spins.
  • What is the maximum win
    This is a low variance game with more frequent lower value wins to keep the entertainment levels high. That said, it still offers a max jackpot of 500x your stake.
  • Are there any other Starburst games?
    Yes, there is a Slingo version and also a sequel called Starburst XXXtreme that was launched by NetEnt on the 15th of July 2021 with additional bonus features. This is a high variance game, with multipliers heading up to 450x, and the maximum jackpot has been increased to win is 200,000 x your total stake. It’s been pretty popular, but the original game remains the number 1 game in terms of player popularity.