Starburst be Net Ent
The explosion of a supernova in the gambling space
Since the explosion of the supernova Starburst a few years ago, this five- reel star of the gaming world with ten paylines does not lose its glare and impact both on players and operators of the online casino industry. This concise and simple, fascinating and attractive slot remains one of the most popular slots by Net Entertainment, while holding the palm in the number of promotional free spins and bonuses handed out by the casino in relation to this game.
Do precious stones suit the space?
Many rave feedbacks and good reviews of the game can be found on the Web, but among them there are a few wondering why there are diamonds and casino symbols on the reels of such a star slot with the cosmic spirit, why the developer placed earthly arcade symbols of human values into the eternal cosmic vibrations of the game. Or in simple terms: what are gemstones doing in space? Key To Casino does not see anything unnatural or contradicting the space theme. Space is an infinite set of structures and materials, energy and radiations, small structures are cyclically repeated in larger ones, for example, electrons of an atom are satellites that are circling in orbits around their planet - the core; and in space we can find carbon nebulae and stars, and their cores are gigantic diamonds. Carbon stars generally have low gravity and lose part of their mass in the form of strong stellar winds, containing the remains of these stars. And traveling across the depths of space, you would actually see the stardust on the glass window - crystals and shapes caused by the wind of interstellar space.
Theme and atmosphere of the game Starburst
From the first seconds of the game the journey to the immense space begins, music and vibration of stars and galaxies complements the background of the game that is similar to the view through the porthole of the spacecraft: leisurely floating stars, comets and meteors, the surface of an unknown planet. On the glass window we can see frozen pieces of stardust and particles of diamond stars - dazzling multifaceted crystals - yellow pseudo-triangle, emerald hexagon, magmatic red pentagon, seascape blue pseudo-square, purple lozenge. The graphic designers have drawn these crystals perfectly: juicy rich colors, deep shapes, changing shades behind inner edges, glimpses of light reflecting from the sharp edges of the stones. These five diamond shapes are low symbols in the game, bringing wins from 5 to 10 bets for three symbols to 25-60 bets for five symbols forming a payline.
But not only fragments of diamond stars can form a pay line, here in the depths of the purple space, we can observe a rare parade of planets – the blue planet Seven and the gold planet Bar. These two planets are high in the Diamond System, they have satellites, and in a line of five, they give space gamblers the biggest wins - x 120 and x 250 on the bets each, respectively.
All symbols, like the radiation of distant stars, appear on the reels in long rows-rays one after another, generating additional winning potential.
Secrets and features of generating wins
The real flash of pleasant possibilities is the appearance of the Wild symbol of Rainbow star, which substitutes for any other symbol in the game. The Wild symbol can appear only on the middle reels. When appearing, the Wild star expands and covers the entire reel, the impulse from the starburst launches a re-spin of other reels: the Wild star becomes sticky and continues to shine in its place, and the remaining reels spin one more time. If during the respin a new Wild star is born on another reel, then all the other reels not frozen by the presence of the Wild symbol spin again. The maximum possible number of respins is three, when all the three medium reels are covered with Wild symbols.
Travelling with Starburst across space is bilateral: reverse reading of pay lines doubles the potential winnings. Win Both Ways is the feature of this slot (that was almost revolutionary at the time when the slot was released), which allows to take into account symbols forming a pay line not only in a traditional way, left to right, but also right to left. The slot machine provides a max win of up to 50,000 coins.
Navigation of the Flight
Starburst is one of the few slots by NetEnt, where the user is free to choose the number of pay lines, which he wants to make a bet on (selected by the Lines navigator)
The slot is ideal for both Lowrollers and Highrollers, as options of setting the bet value allow to pay spins at the rate of 0.01 Euros (on 1 pay line, coin value being 0.01 and the first betting level of one coin per line) to 1 Euro (bet on 10 lines, coin value being 1 euro, with the level of 10 coins per line). In general, the game provides the following coin values - 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.5, 1 (selected by the navigator Coin Value), which are bet in stacks from 1 to 10 coins (selected by the navigator Level).
The game has a complete set of all necessary rules and settings: Thus, each gambler can optionally enable Quick Spin, enable/disable Intro Screen or Animations, turn on Ambience Sound or additional Sound Effects, adjust Graphics Quality from Low to High level, etc.
Secrets of success of the video slot Starburst
Today it may seem that Starburst is a quite simple slot compared to the features and options of some modern video slots: it doesn't have any free spins, bonus games, scatters, additional multipliers, winning mega-symbols or other bells and whistles, but it impresses with its simplicity and clear understandable scheme of the game: winnings and replenishments of the player's balance result from a combination of symbols appearing after the spin, and the old-timers of gambling assure these wins happen quite often, because the player's income is entirely concentrated on the main game and is not "pulled" in parts with various additional and sometimes complex features, like multipliers and bonus games.
But to be fair it should be noted that the project Starburst by NetEnt is successful not only due to its simple yet vivid revelation of unhackneyed theme of space crystals but also thanks to to the solid name and reputation of the game developer on the iGaming market, that provided the relevant marketing campaign to promote the slot Starburst. Both before and after Starburst by NetEnt there were slot machines combining the image of precious crystals competing in glow with stars, and uncomplicated game where the main feature was also the Wild symbol. Among these games, similar in mood, theme and the overall complexity of the game building process, we can name Golden Diamond by Mercur Gaming, Diamonds are Forever by Topgame, Diamond Dazzle by Rival and Mega Gems by BetSoft which is almost a twin of Starburst regarding the subject, idea and tactics. But the latter did not become super-bright stars of gaming space, and remained white dwarfs, or as a maximum subgiants of the gambling industry, while the hypergiant of Starburst continues to pulsate in clusters of online casinos, attracting a wide variety of users.