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Take a look at the above video. It looks very similar to the Berryburst trailer we posted less than a week ago, right? However, while the general game mechanics and aesthetics are the same, Berryburst MAX aims to provide a more volatile experience – with fewer wins, but more potential! Read on…
It’s no secret that different gamers desire different experiences. From flashy branded slot games to the more simplistic one-armed bandits, everyone has their own style – and MAX slots are NetEnt’s way of diversifying their games.
NetEnt have tailor-made their MAX slots for those attempting to win larger amounts, as these versions boost volatility at the expense of more frequent wins – on average.
That means you’re less likely to land a winning combination when playing one of these games, but when you do there is a chance of scooping much bigger coin wins. NetEnt have flirted with the idea of adding volatility before – notably within their Hotline slot – but this seems to be a deployment of much greater scale.
That’s because NetEnt’s confirmation of MAX slots very much suggests that this is no one-off:
“We are certain that the MAX releases will add another dimension to our already hugely popular portfolio, and we are pleased to increase the standard of the gameplay experience for players” – NetEnt CPO, Henrik Fagerlund.
Note the plural use of “releases”? We can’t see this being a misquote, so we look forward to future (and possibly even previous) games arriving maxed-up.
In NetEnt’s words, the standard slot is for “casual players”, whereas MAX casino games are for those looking for “high win potential”. They also state that the two titles will share “similar return-to-player percentages and proprietary NetEnt game mechanics”, so let’s start there.
The standard Berryburst slot RTP is set at 96.56%, while Berryburst MAX’s RTP drops to 96.23%.
Due to the latter being more volatile, you can expect its hit frequency to be lower than the standard Berryburst offering, while there are also amendments to symbol payout values.
As NetEnt are so innovative and unpredictable, we can’t rule out further adjustments/additions upon launch – especially within future offerings.
Of course, if this does indeed become a staple feature, that does pose one potential issue…
While there’s no doubt that a more volatile experience will appeal to certain players, the introduction of MAX slots by NetEnt may lead to gamers being unsure of what path to take.
We’re particularly thinking of anyone new to the online casino world, as we don’t want them to feel overawed by the option.
Because of this, we’ve simplified both games to try and give you a better idea of what to expect, on average:
If you’re still undecided by the time they simultaneously drop, we have a solution.
You’ll be able to sample both Berryburst and Berryburst MAX within our free NetEnt slots page on their 23rd August release date, so you can give both a try before risking any real money rounds.