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Without doubt, the Starburst video slot is the all time most popular game offered at UK online casinos and across the globe. It has been offered in the form of bonus spins as part of welcome packages throughout its years long history, too, which has further cemented it as one of the best games offered by NetEnt or indeed any games supplier. And yet it is quite a simple game with only 10 active paylines available at any one time. Perhaps, though, it is this relative simplicity that has made it a firm fan favourite. So, let’s get galactic in our review of this ever popular slot.
As we mentioned above, Starburst is simply available near enough everywhere you look, so you shouldn’t find any issues in finding a UK online casino that carries it. Once you’ve got it in your sights, load it up and enjoy the opening sequence. Then, when the main game is open on your laptop screen or mobile device, take a look at the main controls that are found in the bottom portion of the interface – you can also take a quick look see at the Paytable information for more on what symbols pay the most. Then, moving from left to right, you will find controls for adjusting your number of Lines up to a maximum of 10, your bet Level, the Autoplay function, the Max Bet option and the Coin Value. Then, right in the centre, is the button to get the reels Spinning.
Best described as jewels in space, and not too dissimilar to the Candy Crush games that dominated mobile phones for so long, especially with the Mega Combo and Super Combo messages that appear throughout, Starburst is easy on the eye but also totally engaging throughout each round. Each of the jewels is a different colour and shape to help you identify which is which, and there are some special symbols such as the multicoloured Starburst Logo, the 7 and the BAR. These last two hark back to the old school fruit machines, of course, and anyone who has played a slot machine at a local pub will have fond memories of these items. Winning combinations will also animate and shine to show you just how well you’ve done!
The music that accompanies the winning combos is roughly speaking epic space music, with plenty of excitement generated by the surprising launch of these sounds. Otherwise, the sound effects are entirely in keeping with the game’s main theme but are nothing to write home about. The other effects are also taken from science fiction, with swooshes and excitable bleeps, etc.
The BAR is the highest paying symbol on Starburst, so you’ll definitely want them to be appearing on the reels as often as possible. Otherwise, the Starburst Logo is the game’s Wild, so it will stand in for any of the other symbols to help you create more winning combinations across the reels – they will also expand and stay in place for the next round after a big win, but this only happens when there is more than one Wild appearing at the same time. Also, it’s worth noting that the Wilds will only ever appear on reels two, three and four, so you won’t ever see a five reel Wild situation. If another Wild appears during a respin, then it will also expand to cover the entire reel. The respins will end as soon as there’s a round without another Wild appearing.
While Starburst is dead simple in terms of the design and the game mechanics, it is a game that will keep you entertained for hours on end. We attribute this to the Candy Crush style messages that offer encouragement throughout, as well as the Wild respins feature that pops up fairly often. Another top reason that players for this game over other more feature laden slots is that wins come thick and fast, even if they are as lucrative as those offered by other games. Nevertheless, we can only applaud NetEnt’s success with this title, and everyone must try it at least once in their gaming lifetime, just to say they’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt.