If somebody asks one to name their top 5 NetEnt slots, there is a good chance that Starburst will be somewhere in that mix. We don’t want to overuse this word, but the original Starburst is iconic, legendary even. Even though it’s still often played, the original Starburst barely compares with the potential that newer generation slots bring. Fortunately, NetEnt won’t just let it die out, instead, they are remaking it into a new version called Starburst XXXtreme. We can surely expect a wave of nostalgia mixed with that fresh feeling of a new slot. With the addition of XXXtreme, exciting times are ahead!
The original Starburst came out in 2013. The new Starburst XXXtreme is looking to improve all the outdated mechanics and visuals. Beautiful gems are making their return, glittering brighter than ever before. Some may think that such a classic game as Starburst should be left untouched, but nonetheless, here we are. A couple of years back, the potential slot payouts were a lot smaller than we can see today. Your jaw may drop when you realize that the new Starburst XXXtreme can technically produce wins up to 200,000x. That has to be one of the biggest non-jackpot payouts that we have seen ever. The OG’s of slot gaming, your time is now.
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When we get such remakes/sequels the first thing we want to do is to compare both of the games. NetEnt have decided to keep that classic Starburst presentation, changing it up just ever so slightly. Now instead of the purple tone, the dominant colour seems to be red. Even the music has barely changed, it’s the same tune, just a little bit more bassy and dramatic. Of course, the graphical quality is better, the textures are more defined and the game looks much better on larger HD screens, as the previous game is a bit outdated in this regard. We believe this was the best course of action because such legendary slots don’t always require remakes in the first place, but if you do decide to make one, then keep it true to the original, because the original game was the one that reaped all the success.
As you would expect, the layout has not changed, so we still got 5 reels and 3 rows. When it comes to paylines, the new Starburst XXXtreme comes with one line less, so instead of 10, we now got 9. This is not just a random decision from NetEnt, it’s there to balance out the potential that can come from bonus features. Starburst XXXtreme symbols come straight from 2013, as the only thing changed is the graphical quality and even that just barely. So once again we will see the purple, blue, red, green and yellow gems, as well as the red seven and bar and let’s not forget the special Starburst Wild that made this game so popular in the first place.
When it comes to payouts and more mathematical stats, then this is the part where Starburst XXXtreme shines the most. Goodbye, measly 500x and welcome the enormous 200,000x max payout. It’s hard to believe, but yes, Starburst XXXtreme can technically pay up to 200,000x. Now to get anywhere close to that kind of win, you will need all the luck of the world to be on your side, but hey, the potential is there. Needless to say, Starburst XXXtreme is a high volatility slot. Another improvement, although not that massive this time is the RTP, which goes from 96.09 to 96.26 – 96.45%, depending on the casino of use. Starburst XXXtreme bet range is 0.10 – 50, which means that the payout cap for this game is 10,000,000 EUR/USD/GBP. Talk about life-changing.
Starburst XXXtreme basically takes the regular Starburst Wild and then adds a whole bunch of other stuff, so we get what we had before and then more on top of that, so let’s start with basics. Starburst Wild is back, now stronger than ever, because additionally to expanding and re-spins, this bonus also awards multipliers, which can go up to 150x. Wilds can randomly appear after a spin or a respin on reels 2, 3 and 4. From 1 to 3 Starburst Wilds can land per spin.
Here is where the new game gets its name from. XXXtreme Spins is a feature that can be activated at any point in the game. For a price of 10x per bet, players can receive 1 guaranteed Starburst Wild per spin. If you want 2 guaranteed Starburst Wilds per spin, then the bet price is 95x. It may seem like a hefty sum for a single spin, but then again, we are talking about a possibility of 200,000x.
This probably is an unpopular opinion, but we didn’t enjoy the original Starburst as much as everyone else did, now when it comes to Starburst XXXtreme, we were hooked. Starburst XXXtreme takes everything good about the original Starburst and pushed it to the next level. If Starburst was your game back in the day, then Starburst XXXtreme will make you feel right at home. It’s great for those who are looking for a little nostalgic trip and it’s also great for those who are new to slot gaming and just want a slot that can entertain and pay. Speaking of paying, we are still shocked to see that 200,000x payout up for grabs. Now that’s what you call a properly done remake.
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