This Slot Wars episode is extra special as it features one of the legendary NetEnt video slots – Starburst. Released back in 2012, it is to this day seen by many online casino players as one of the best games to land on the iGaming market. It’s entering the ring and facing its upgraded version Starburst XXXtreme.
Let’s see if the XXXtreme is the worthy successor of the beloved Starburst game.
Round 1: Winning Potential and RTP
NetEnt is one of the oldest software providers on the online gambling scene and has been always a synonym for video slots of great quality and entertaining gameplay. After NetEnt’s acquisition by Evolution Gaming, the whole online gambling community was anxiously waiting to see where the innovative live casino provider would take its new member.
Todd Haushalter, Evolution’s CPO, recently revealed the company plans for 2021 and stated that Starburst XXXtreme is just first in the whole series of Starburst slots that are going to land on the market in the upcoming years.
Things have changed significantly in the iGaming market since the release of the original Starburst so NetEnt had to amp the game up and present modern slot players what they crave while also staying true to the beautiful simplicity of the previous version.
The biggest difference when it comes to these 2 titles is in winning potential. The first Starburst was featuring 500x the bet per spin while the revamped release is bringing an amazing 200,000x the bet (€1,685,600). The RTP has also increased, from 96,09% to 96,26% in the XXXtreme version.
Round 2: Bonus Features
Players loved the Starburst slot due to its simple but rewarding gameplay and in many ways, it has stayed the same. The main symbol on the reels is a Wild which not only substitutes for regular symbols but also expands to cover the entire reel and triggers up to 3 Respins.
Starburst XXXtreme presents players with access to the same bonus gameplay but the provider has spiced things up with hefty multipliers with 2x, 3x, 5x, 10x, 25x, 50x, 100x, or 150x in value. There is also a Random Wild that can appear on the grid after every spin or respin.
Round 3: Visual and Audio Effects
When it comes to visual and audio effects, both releases are pretty much on the same level. The Starburst XXXtreme features a bit sharper visuals and a bit more vibrant colors but the game design has stayed the same. So, if you’re already a fan of Starburst, you will love the new version as well. And for those players who are spinning the space-themed reels for the first time will enjoy the smooth animations.
And The Winner Is…
After almost a decade, NetEnt is bringing players the revamp version of the popular release. The provider did an amazing job in keeping all the things players loved about the first Starburst slot and sparked the things up with big multipliers in XXXtreme title. What gives the new Starburst release also an extra kick is the stunning winning potential.