Starburst XXXtreme Slot slot review
Starburst XXXtreme slot by Netent is a sequel to their old Starburst slot, perhaps the most known game to be offered at online casinos as it's simple and colourful. It was and is still the chosen slot for free spins and offers and bonuses from casinos so it has been copied by numerous developers with sometimes a tweak or two. The original game itself was based on Novomatic's Power Stars slot and an example of a near copy would be Starmania slot by Nextgen which simply added free spins into the equation. We get the same symbols here, music and sound effects but the astral background has now gone from purple to red. So extreme wins for our bankroll here or extreme tedium as before?
On the reels...
You now get 9 lines on Starburst XXXtreme slot as opposed to 10 before and it's not both-way pays now, just left-to-right. Symbols are stacked and there are only 7 with the pays identical: 50x bet 5-of-a-kind Bars, 20x 7's, 6x Yellow Gems, 5x Green, 4x Orange and 3x Blue or Purple. No scatters but the Star Wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4 still do the same thing - they land, expand and award a re-spin. So if you hit the Wilds sequentially one at a time, you get a maximum of 3 re-spins but still get one re-spin even if all 3 come in at once. So why the 'XXXtreme' in the title?
You now get random multiplier for any Wild reel of 2, 3, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 or 150x. The values stick throughout any re-spins and are additive so 450x is the maximum. We are told that it's possible in the right circumstances i.e. landing the Bars in conjunction with the maximum 3 re-spins each time on maximum multipliers, to win up to 200,000x bet! You can also get a Random Wilds feature which can at any time add 1 to 3 Wilds to the game, even during a re-spin.
In some jurisdictions you can pay 10x bet to guarantee at least one expanding Wild per spin or 95x bet to guarantee two will land.
The Starburst XXXtreme slot has a 96.26% RTP but can go to 96.46% if using the XXXtreme spins betting strategy. It's just as boring as it ever was although it's smooth, colourful and has polished graphics and animations. Your only added excitement comes from landing the Wilds which now because they offer multipliers are rarer than before, much rarer! Perhaps this is why the XXXtreme spins were added as an option. Given that no image has even been seen of the original game paying it's 500x full screen of Bars maximum, how realistic 200,000x is on this game only time will tell...