You probably know the game Gonzo's Quest. It is one of the most popular online slot machines in the history of gaming. So, when you thought of the developer Netent, you will probably also have thought of this cult game. Well, this was before the game Starburst conquered the market. This video slot managed to make people forget about the adventures of the unshaven conqueror. Starburst became even more popular and developed into a smash hit. You can find out why that is in the review below.
A simple yet surprising game
It is not immediately obvious why this game is so popular when looking at the 5 reels and 20 pay-lines. The animation is very nice and there are some pretty effects.
The symbols include sparkling gems in many colours, and the purple background is also very nice to look at. However, it is clear that this game is not one that impresses the players with its visual effects. Taking a look at the payout table will also not give you the impression that this is a special slot, it is rather ordinary.
This is a game that you really have to play to understand its potential. This video slot from the developer Netent focuses all on the gaming experience, and the result is excellent. This game is proof of the expertise of the Swedish company in creating fantastic games.
An expandable wild symbol that gives a re-spin
The main (and almost the only) feature in the slot Starburst is the expandable wild symbol that triggers the special feature.
Any of the three reels in the centre can show a symbol with a multi-coloured gem in star shape. This is an expandable wild symbol that can transform itself and cover all positions on the reel on which it appeared on. It will then stand in for any other symbol to form or to complete the most profitable payout combination possible.
You can also win money with the symbol itself, and you will get a free re-spin in which the reel with the wild symbol is held in position. If you manage to get additional wild symbols you can get up to 3 free re-spins with wild reels in total.
So, this is it! Even though it does not sound like it is a lot of features, the game offers an incredibly thrilling experience with great chances of winning larger amounts of money.
Playing in both directions with a perfect variance
The popular slot has two elements that provide a perfect combination.
The first thing is, that unlike the majority of slot machines on the market, winning combinations in Starburst are not paid with just a combination from left to right, you can also get winning combinations that pay from right to left. This means, that it is twice as likely to win money.
The second element that makes the game so successful is that the variance (volatility) is very low. This means that you can expect many winning combinations during your session. The amounts you win are not necessarily very high, but you will win regularly, and higher amounts are not rare either. The winning frequency contributes a lot to the thrilling atmosphere of the game.
The theoretical return to player is 96.1%, which is high enough for a slot game, and the maximum win is also relatively good, as you can win up to 50,000 coins in a single round.
In conclusion, I can say that the developer Netent managed to create a simple slot that is both thrilling and rewarding. It is not a game that is all about looks, the strengths lie in the game-play itself. To really appreciate Starburst and make your own opinion, you will have to try out the game, and see for yourself how great it really is. Believe me, it is worth trying, probably more than you can imagine. It is a true masterpiece!