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This jewel-obsessed slot from online slot developer NetEnt, Starburst has been a favourite with slots players ever since its release. The game offers enough rubies, emeralds and diamonds to make you go cross-eyed. Set in what appears to be scenery from out of this world, maybe a distant planetary orbit or some far-flung galaxy, it conjures mystery and intrigue from the very first spin. Bright lights dazzle and engaging noises draw you into the mesmerizing low volatility gaming experience. Such has been the popularity of Starburst that many games now have a similar look and feel, most notably BTG's Opal Fruits (which is arguably a very different game), Play'n Go's Starblast (blatant imitator) and Mystery Fruit by Red Tiger, to name but a few...
Starburst is a 5 reel, 3 rows and 10 payline slot machine, but don’t let the lack of paylines put you off, this game offers a variety of features which will keep you adequately entertained during your playing time. Aesthetically, Starburst looks like the opening sequence to a '70s variety show: a black background spangled with stars, and the reels filled with gems. Lots of gems. Here we get emeralds, rubies, diamonds, plus - oddly - classic 'Bar' and red '7' symbols and not forgetting the Starburst symbol, which is Wild.
You can pick up wins by landing blocks of symbols in Starburst – for example; there are nine opportunities in a triangle shape starting from the very top or very bottom corners of the reels. There is also the ability to gain wins from both left or right and also right to left, which can be more frequent in my experience.
The game's sweetest feature is an expanding Wild, in this case, the Starburst symbol, which appears on Reels 2, 3 and 4. As well as expanding to fill the entire reel and replacing other symbols, it also awards a respin each time it appears. There's a maximum number of re-spins of five, so potentially there could be some decent payouts.
There's a place for simple slots, and Starburst definitely falls into that category. It won't attract anyone who's idea of a simple slot is Thunderstruck 2, but then not everyone wants multiple levels of sophistication. For me, Starburst is a little simplistic, but then I am aware that this is very appealing to a wider audience of players. This explains why Starburst slot is commonly found in the top of casino lobbies and is regularly lauded as one of the most popular slots around. If you're a fan of NetEnt's more involved slots, such as their lavish film tie-in slot, Scarface, will probably be surprised by the level of complexity here. However, if you're after something simple, and are on a magic tip, you might also like to check out NetEnt’s Bejeweled-style slot, Elements: The Awakening.