Slot Review: Starburst

If we could compare an online slots game like Starburst to a singer, it would have to be Robbie Williams. Wildly popular in its early days, a bit of a dip, and then a seemingly endless run of popularity even when they are not the newest kid on the block anymore.


Starburst burst onto the scene (see what we did there) in the early days of mobile casinos and was undoubtedly one of the best online slots to grace the stage at that time. While more advanced slots have since come out and stolen the spotlight, it remains popular with many players. 

Starburst remains such a hit for good reason: unique gem symbols, wonderful gameplay, bright graphics and great bonus features and RTP. Let’s take an in-depth look at what you can look forward to from Starburst - whether you’re a new player or just want to take a trip down memory lane.

Game overview

When it comes to good ol’ charm, Starburst has stacks of it. What it lacks in a couple of modern extra features, it more than makes up for in deposit bonus and free spins packages. It may not be the most innovative technology in the slots world compared to what we are used to today, but it is a hugely enjoyable gaming experience and this is why it still has a legion of fans.

NetEnt kept things traditional with Starburst and you’re not going to be overwhelmed with 50 or so paylines like you are with modern slots. 5 reels and 10 paylines make this an easy game to keep up with. The Starburst wild feature gives you the opportunity to win up to a whopping 50,000 coins. There’s also a low to medium volatility and an RTP of 96.1%, which gives players a nice encouraging field for a win.

How to play

With 5 reels and 10 adjustable paylines, Starburst has a whole heap of betting options for players to choose from. If you’ve still got to buy your loved ones presents for a birthday or the festive season, then you can bet from as little as £0.10, however, if you’ve outdone yourself in the gift department and still have a change to spare then you could also put down £100 per spin. 

One of the most cracking features about this game is that you have the opportunity to win both ways, as the game’s paylines run in both left and right directions. In keeping with its traditional vibe, all you have to do to get a winning combination is form three or more matching symbols on adjacent reels - starting either on the left or the right.


We know that good graphics don’t make the game, but we are suckers for the mesmerising colours found in Starburst. What’s more, is that the cosmic theme only enhances just how bright and cheerful this game is. Stimulating? Tick. Exciting? Tick. On top of all this, the graphics are crisp, clear, and uncomplicated. Add a smidgen of special effects for the galaxy and you’ve got a game that is stimulating, entertaining and incredibly straightforward.

Don’t expect expensive animations like we’re used to with the more modern games; it’s more similar to the classic, land-based slot machine look but it has a modern vibrancy to it too. This is a game that is high-paced enough to keep energetic players hooked, but straightforward enough to make it an easy enough game to play at any time of the day or night.


Following on from the graphics, we have the symbols and they don’t disappoint when it comes to blinding colours. It’s an undeniable smorgasbord of exciting and sparkling gems that range from blue and yellow to purple and neon green. Their colours aren’t just for show either. Each of the different gems has a unique payout value to call their own.

Now, we don’t believe that anyone should be able to determine anyone else’s value, but at the bottom of the barrel, we have the purple and blue gems, which have the lowest payout value with 5 in a payline giving you 25 coins. Next up we have the orange gem which will give you 40 coins. The green is our runner up in gem value at 50 coins and yellow takes the cake with the highest payout value of 60 coins for five in a payline.

But wait! There’s more. There are two retro symbols that give an even higher payout than the gems (as well as the max win if you’re lucky). Look out for the red 7 on a blue background, which will payout 120 coins for 5 symbols, and a golden BAR if you want to really hit the big time in Starburst, as it gives you 250 coins for five gold BARs. 

Bonuses & jackpots

Starburst, like many of the older traditional games, doesn’t have much to write home about with regards to bonuses and progressive jackpots. But what it lacks in these, it makes up for in free spins. Players need to keep an eye out for the wild symbol.

The wild symbol keeps in line with the cosmic theme and comes in the form of a bright, sparkling rainbow-coloured star. It acts as an expanding wild and can appear on reels 2, 3, or 4. It turns the entire reel into a wild reel and triggers a free spin. You can trigger a max of 3 re-spins from the wild symbol.

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/ 02 December 2020