How to play
NetEnt have kept things fairly simple with Starburst and offer the standard 5 reels but with slightly reduced paylines compared to some of the other, more complex slots available. In brief, Starburst offers the following:
- Reels: 5
- Paylines: 10
- Min Coins per line: 1
- Max Coins per line: 10
- Min Coin size: $0.01
- Max Coin size: $1.00
- Min Bet: $0.01
- Max Bet: $1.00/$100
- Wild Symbol: Yes
- Stacked Wild: Yes
- Free Spins: Yes
- Jackpot: Fixed
Starburst offers one of the most flexible wagering options of almost any pokie, making it ideal for all levels of budget as well as all levels of experience, thanks to its easy to understand gameplay. One of the most unusual features of Starburst is how winning combinations pay.
Normally in most pokies, wins are calculated from left to right, in Starburst wins can be calculated from left to right and right to left and are then multiplied by the number of coins that you decide to wager per line. Players can wager a single coin per line or as many as ten (the maximum).
Coin sizes are also extremely flexible and there is a size to suit all players, ranging from the minimum of $0.01 and going up $0.02, $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, $0.50 and the largest $1.00. Being able to vary the amount of coins per line as well as the number of lines in play means that players on tight budgets can happily wager $0.01 per spins while high rollers can choose a flexible max bet of either $1.00 or $100 per spin.
In Starburst the wild symbol is the Starburst logo and this symbol can be used to substitute other game symbols to make very strong winning combinations. The Starburst wild symbol found on reels 2, 3 and 4 automatically expands, transforming into an awesome stacked wild.
The stacked Starburst wild symbols can also trigger a free sins round when they are on reels 2, 3 and 4 and stay in place during the free spins round. It is also possible to retrigger the free sons round up to three times when more stacked wilds appear.
Other game symbols
Other lucrative symbols found on Starburst’s reels include the bar symbol, diamond symbol, luck 7 symbol and 3merald symbol. These symbols all offer different pay outs and can be seen as follows:
- Bar symbol x 5 – yields up to 2500 coins
- Diamond x 5 – yields up to 600 coins
- Lucky 7 symbol x 5 – yields up to 1200 coins
- Emerald symbol x 5 – yields up to 500 coins
Graphics and sounds
Starburst is all about a glitzy and sparkly world filled with precious gems and plenty of bling. The game has a really retro, almost eighties feel to it and includes classic slot symbols such as the lucky 7 and the bar, with opulent jewels and general shininess.
The game also features a cool (although some would say cheesy) eighties soundtrack of electronic pop which perfectly complements the overall look and feel of the game. All in all, this game will certainly appeal to lovers of eighties inspired kitsch and the world of gilts and glam fun.
While Starburst is not a progressive jackpot pokie and offers medium volatility which many players appreciate. The game still offers a respectable maximum jackpot of 50,000 coins. This can occur when playing on max bet and max coin size and all 5 reels display the 3x Starburst stacked wild symbols. Starburst offers a 96% return to player which is also above average.
The game offers some rather interesting and unusual special features which help to not only make the game quite unique but also quite appealing. They include:
- Wild symbols that automatically transform into expanding/stacked wilds
- Winning combinations that pay in both directions
- Wilds that trigger free spins whenever they appear
- Game can be played on Auto
Fun Fact: When looking to play pokies online you’re likely to come across free spins on Starburst as part of a casino’s welcome bonus for new players because of how popular this pokie has become.