In early 2012 when game studio NetEnt launched Starburst never in their wildest dreams could they have envisaged just how popular it would become.

Now one of the most played slot machines of all time, this 5 by 3 reel game has proved a favourite with new and seasoned slots players from all over the globe. Inspired by rise of popular ‘gem burster’ social games (like bejewelled) Starburst had a very modern feel and utilized the latest 3D animated graphics which at the time of its creation were not widely used.

Why is Starburst so popular?

The game is set in the stars and has a mixture of planets and precious stones as it’s symbols. These are supported with a mesmerizing soundtrack that sets a serene environment for players to enjoy. However, once you start to spin the game quickly fills with excitement as the engaging gameplay offers a mixture of regular small wins coupled with opportunity to win up to 5000x with the famous Starburst Expanding Wilds.

The game is played on 10 fixed pay lines, but it also pays both ways, meaning you get winning combinations generated not only from left to right but also from right to left. The combination of serenity, excitement, high-frequency payouts and big win potential give this game something to offer for almost all types of slots enthusiast. This has been the key to its success, and we often hear from our new players that Starburst was the game that first got them passionate about playing slots.

Winning in Starburst

The key feature players are looking for are the now legendary multicoloured star wilds, which are instantly recognizable to any seasoned slots player. One or more of these symbols can appear on any spin on reels 2, 3 and 4, and in doing so they expand vertically (an expanding wild) and trigger a re-spin of the other reels. On any single spin, the Starburst Wilds feature could re-spin up to 3 times, so providing great win potential.

Starburst has an RTP of 96.09%. Because it has a high hit frequency and no bonus round it is considered a low volatility game.