Starburst Introduction and How to Play
In the Starburst you will find yourself in a space filled with dazzling star symbols which offer you the chance to win up to 50,000 coins. There are a total of 10 paylines that run from left to right and right to left. As a result, you could say that Starburst actually has a total of 20 paylines. While there are no scatters or free spins in this game, NetEnt have made up for this with Starburst Wilds. These will be explained further below.
The Starburst Wilds are Wild symbols that expand over the entire reel. They appear on reels 2, 3, and 4, and regardless of their position they will cover the entire reel. These reels will spin again for more win chances. When you get a new Wild symbol during this re-spin, this will again expand and cover the entire reel. The other reels will start spinning again for extra win chances. This may be repeated 3 times, after which you return to the main game.
The Starburst video slot is a video slot with 10 win lines. These win lines run from left to right and also from right to left. That way you have a double chance to win. Aside from the win lines, the bet level is also adjustable. This is the number of coins you want to bet per win line. You can choose to bet 1 to 10 coins per win line. The coin value is also adjustable, you can choose from the following coin values: 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, and 1 euro.
When you combine the win lines with the bet level and the coin value, you get many different betting possibilities of which the limits are:
Minimum bet at 10 win lines (bet level 1 + coin value 1 cent) = 0.10 euros.
Maximum bet at 10 win lines (bet level 10 + coin value 1 euro) = 100 euros.
Pay Table / Win Plan
Only the highest win per win line counts in the Starburst video slot. A valid symbol combination runs from the leftmost reel to the right or from the rightmost reel to the left. When you get multiple wins at the same time, these will be added together. All winning symbol combinations and their payouts can be found in the pay table. This pay table can be found by clicking the PAYTABLE button at the left of the screen. Here you can also find an overview of how the win lines run.
Possible Settings for the Starburst Video Slot
Just like all other NetEnt video slots, the Starburst video slot has a number of game settings that may be adjusted to your liking. You can do this by clicking the four icons at the bottom left of the screen.
The speaker icon turns the sound on or off. The question mark opens the help menu. The AUTO button opens a menu where you can set the number of rounds you want to play the Starburst video slot automatically. You can also determine when the auto play should stop. You can always push the stop button during auto play. The wrench icon allows you to adjust the following settings:
- Fast Spin
- Intro Screen
- Ambience sound
- Sound effects
- Graphic Quality
- Hot Keys
- Game history (not available in practice games)
Starburst Video Slot Manual
A possible start on the Starburst video slot at NetEnt Casinos is to set the number of win lines by clicking the green buttons below LINES. In the same way you can also adjust the number of coins you want to bet per win line below LEVEL. The same is also true for the coin value which can be adjusted by clicking the green buttons below COIN VALUE.
You can find your total bet per spin in the bar at the bottom of the screen. When you are happy with your bet, you can click the middle round button to make the reels spin.
Next to the round button you see a MAX BET button and an AUTOPLAY button. The max bet button allows you to play at the highest bet level and with the maximum number of win lines in one click. You will have to determine a coin value however. It is advised you do this beforehand because the reels will start spinning as soon as you click max bet.
The auto play button allows you to set a number of rounds to play automatically. In the advanced settings you can set when you want the auto play to stop.
Why Is Starburst So Popular?
Starburst is the massively popular video slot launched by NetEnt in 2012. Since that launch, it has slowly become one of the most widely played online slots, along with being one of the slots most widely used in casino promotions (within and outside of the UK). There are a number of reasons for this popularity with players, and many reasons for this popularity with casinos.
One reason is that the game is relatively easy to play, you can pick it up and just start. Nevertheless, some Starburst slot tips may help:
- Make sure that you at least read our Starburst review before you start playing.
- Make sure that you get used to the game mechanics before you start playing too.
- Choose a casino where you’re going to either get no deposit free spins or first-deposit free spins on Starburst, this way you’ll be playing with the least risk.
Tips aside, one of the other reasons that Starburst is popular is its RTP. RTP stands for ‘Return to Player’ and a game’s RTP is given as a percentage. The Starburst RTP is 96.09%. An RTP of 96.09% means that if you were to make 100 wagers of £1, then you could reasonably expect to win back £96.09. The 96.09% Starburst RTP is not calculated against your play alone, rather it is calculated over an indefinite amount of all gamers play, i.e. millions and millions of spins.
The way that the Starburst slot works is relatively simple, it is not packed full of features but those it has are fun and well executed. The game itself is a 5-reel, 3-row, 10 fixed bet line slot. However, one of the first features worth mentioning is its ‘bet both ways’ feature. This means that whilst there are only 10 fixed bet lines, these bet lines work from back to front (one of the primary reasons for Starburst’s popularity). You can bet a maximum of either 0.10 or 100 per spin in the main game, and if you land a Starburst wild on the slot reels, then the Starburst wilds re-spin feature will be activated. This feature, according to NetEnt, is part of the magic of the game. When one or more Starburst wilds land on reels 2, 3, or 4, then it will expand and cover the whole of the reel whilst the other reels begin to re-spin. In addition to this, the Starburst wilds will also substitute themselves for any other symbol in the game, allowing you to make even more winning bet lines.
If you like the sound of Starburst and you’d like to either play it or find out more detail about it, then you should check out our in-depth review. Here you’ll find a full breakdown of what the game is like, the betting mechanics of the game, and more detail on how the features work.