Free Starblast slot
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Starblast slot from Play'n Go has name that sounds very similar to, well let's just say a certain Netent slot. Yeah, you guessed it, Starburst of course. Before you run for cover, hands over your ears screaming 'oh, not another one!' I can tell you Play'n Go have at least tried to make this game a little more interesting than the Netent version. The same low-tech appearance is used, even the same range of symbols is copied as Play'n Go also unashamedly did when they emulated Novo's Book of Ra Deluxe and created Book of Dead. We have transparent reels, futuristic music and a cosmos background, only this time we get a voice interrupting when certain events occur. Will this slot merely blast the stars, or will it blast our bankroll too?
There are 10 paying lines which work both ways, right-to-left too. Symbols all appear stacked and you might recognize the icons, which pay as follows for a 5-of-a-kind win. The Bar is highest at 16x, 7 is 8x, Yellow Gem 4x, Green or Red gem 3x and Blue or Pink Gems 2x. That's it. No scatters here because there is no feature, other than the Wilds.
Expanding Wilds can land on any of the middle 3 reels. When they do, they will expand after any win is paid and hold for a respin. Should another Wild appear, the same thing will happen with both Wild reels held. You can then get a third and final respin should the full set of 3 Wild reels appear. You may of course not get them one at a time, but two or even all three could drop in together. So what's the big deal about this version of Starburst? Quite simply, the Wild reels can display a 2 or 3x multiplier which add, therefore a 9x multiplier is possible with all three Wilds in play at 3x. Play'n Go tell us 4,000x bet can be had here on Starblast, which is eight times the maximum pay of Starburst. I have worked out how this could be achieved and let's just say the odds against that are as astronomical as the game background!
All Starblast slot does is reduce the pays of the Netent equivalent by 67% or two-thirds and add that part of the RTP to the Wild multipliers instead. So the game does exactly the same thing, but with more volatility and pays held within the respin feature. The game looks and sounds OK but is nothing eye-catching and the man's voice booming in on occasion is a little irritating. I think the best version of this mechanic is possibly Nextgen's Starmania as it has a bonus, but it's not quite as much fun in between. I won't rush to have another blast at these stars again...