With five reels and ten paylines, Starburst slots is a game of galactic proportions, delivered to you by famed developer NetEnt. The reels are set amongst the stars and the game contains many space-age visuals and images as a result, though there is also a classic fruit machine element to the design. This is most obvious when examining the symbols, as they are represented by five neon-lit gems, as well as the iconic Lucky Red 7 and BAR icons. Starburst includes a wild that will substitute for all other symbols in the game to form wins but can also trigger Starburst’s sole bonus feature, which is a re-spin round.
Who doesn’t love a good classic? Certainly not Kerching, as we have some of the most iconic titles to ever grace the world of slots in our collection. When it comes to these games, they often present themselves as something of an enigma. Most contemporary slots owe their success to explosive cinematic graphics and a plethora of bonus features. For games like Starburst though, its popularity is born from the other extreme. It doesn’t have a particularly fancy user interface and there’s only one ‘feature’, yet it has dominated for years and grown a sizable player base in that time. It’s proof that, sometimes, simplicity works best, and this ethos is carried through both the visuals and the gameplay.
As Starburst is quite old now, the graphics can look slightly dated, but the colour and crisp nature of the interface ensures it remains engaging years later. The backdrop of the reels depicts the great expanse of space, with a shot overlooking a distant planet. This horizon point of view harkens back to many sci-fi films and is a motif for the genre, so it’s nice to see that kind of reference here. The symbols are stylised in an almost cartoonish fashion; they all sparkle, the pallet is exceedingly bright and has a generally whimsical vibe. There isn’t much in the way of animations, but the win reactions that are in place are decent enough. Symbols will glow and explode when involved in a winning combination, which adds that little extra flair to the proceedings.
There’s a good bit of value to be found in the game too. The most valuable icon is the BAR symbol, which will award a juicy payout of 25x your stake for a five-of-a-kind combination, with the Lucky 7 following it with a value of 12x. Then we have the five jewels, starting with the yellow diamond, which will pay out the equivalent of 6x your stake, with the green offering one multiplier less at 5x. The three remaining symbols, coloured red, blue, and purple, will give 4x, 2x, and 2x respectively.
This game is a ‘Pays Both Ways’ slot, which means winning combinations can be formed from either side on reels one and five. This won’t increase the number of paylines, but it does make landing those wins slightly easier than it would be otherwise.
In place of a scatter symbol and bonus rounds, the wild in this slot can provide some great benefits, outside of the usual substituting. It will only land on the second, third, and fourth reels but, whenever it does show up on one of these, it will trigger the Starburst re-spin mode.
The wild icon which triggered the bonus will expand, covering the entire reel, before sticking in place. A re-spin will be awarded with the super-sized wild in play. Landing any additional wilds during the round will repeat the process, with the original locked wild remaining too. This means there’s potential to fill the screen with wilds, which could leave to a pretty big payout.
Are you interested in trying out a certified classic? If so, you can play the Starburst online slot, here, at Kerching! Don’t worry if you’re not up for a trip to space though, we have plenty of earth-based adventures for you try. This review has been very classically focused, so why not carry on in that vein with the wonderful Pyramid King? Or keep with the sparkly theme and try out the whimsical Rainbow Riches? If you’re new to Kerching, be sure to check out our promotions page, to see our latest welcome offer.