Starburst XXXtreme - A Sequel Worth the Wait
fri 13 aug 2021
Starburst is one of the most popular online casino games in the world. Released by NetEnt in 2013, the colourful space-themed slot captured the public imagination from the very beginning, and eight years later, it is still one of the top five slots games in Canada.
And that's why the long-awaited release of a sequel is now being celebrated by players everywhere. We are, of course, referring to Starburst XXXtreme
, which has all the charm of the original and much more. Not least of which is a top prize of 200,000 times your bet
Starburst XXXtreme Format and Gameplay
Starburst XXXtreme retains the familiar look and feel of the original. It still has five reels and three rows, but this sequel has nine pay lines rather than ten. As always, the action takes place against a gorgeous space background, and new-age 'space music' accompanies you on your interstellar quest to win big.
Symbols appearing on the transparent reels are the same as in the original, so you can expect to see five variously shaped gems, an orbiting red 7 and a similarly space-themed BAR. A Starburst symbol serves as a wild, and only appears on the second, third and fourth reels.
Starburst Re-Spin Feature
Land a Starburst wild symbol, and it will expand to fill the entirety of its reel. A free Re-Spin will then take place with the expanding wild remaining in situ. Even better, the Starburst symbol will come with a randomly assigned multiplier that can be worth x2, x3, x5, x10, x25, x50, x100 or x150. Get several multipliers on the screen, and their values will be added together before being applied to any win that is achieved.
Random Wild Feature
Starburst XXXtreme boasts a Random Wild feature that can be triggered at any time after a spin or Re-Spin. When this happens, anything from one to three Starburst wild symbols will appear on any of the middle three reels. This arrival of at least one wild will then trigger the Starburst Re-Spin feature, as described a moment ago.
XXXtreme Spins Feature
While the Random Wilds feature is new to Starburst XXXtreme, it is probably the equally new XXXtreme Spins feature that will get the adrenaline levels really soaring. Here you can pay more to activate one of two special XXXtreme Spins feature modes.
In the first mode, you are guaranteed to land at least one Starburst wild every time you spin. This mode will cost you 10 times your usual bet.
In the second mode, you will be guaranteed at least two Starburst wilds with every spin. This mode will cost you 95 times your usual bet.
Those modes might sound a tad expensive, but you have to view the cost in relation to the potential prize money that they can help you win. With each expanding Starburst wild giving you both a multiplier and a free Re-Spin, the more of them you have showing up, the more chance you will have of landing the top prize of 200,000 times your stake.
A Great Blend Between Old and New
'Starburst XXXtreme is a fun-focused addition to any gaming portfolio, with an easy-to-understand mechanic – and it brings a great legacy," said Todd Haushalter, who is Chief Product Officer at Evolution Gaming. 'Everyone knows the Starburst name. It's been a slot favourite for years. We've been working hard to keep those classic features that make the game so popular, and the team have done a great job at incorporating them into an XXXtreme version that will appeal to current, as well as the next generation, of players.
'It's a big responsibility working on an already well-loved game, but with Starburst XXXtreme, there's a great blend between old and new. We're looking forward to seeing this game out in the market, and we're sure players are going to love the gaming experience just as much as we loved creating it.'
Starburst XXXtreme: Our Verdict
Like the first-ever Star Wars movie, the original Starburst slot is a game that most fans will love to the end of time. However, the Starburst XXXtreme sequel is a fantastic game in its own right and one that every self-respecting online slot player should spend some time with. It retains all the personality and charm of the original but adds additional layers of excitement with its Random Wild and XXXtreme Spins features. Whether or not those will help you to take your bank account to the next level is something you'll have to find out for yourself.
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