A long-awaited sequel to the original 2012 Starburst slot
, Starburst XXXTreme is a new release from NetEnt. A five-reel, three-row, nine payline slot, which follows a similar design to the original, Starburst XXXTreme is a much more volatile game, with a significantly increased potential top payout of 200,000x your stake.
How to Play Starburst XXXTreme Slot
You can play Starburst XXXTreme from just 0.10 coins to 50.00 coins per spin. Use the arrow buttons to change and set your bet amount. Unlike the original slot, there are nine fixed paylines, as opposed to ten, and the slot’s mechanic has deviated from the original title. It pays left to right, instead of both ways, and you are looking to match three identical symbols, left to right, across the reels.
How to Win Starburst XXXTreme
The seven symbols are the same - 5 gems, 7s and bars with the latter two paying out 20 - 50x your stake for five of a kind. However, to win big you need to land winning combinations featuring Starburst Wilds, which also double as multipliers, as described below.
Special Features & Bonuses
Starburst XXXTreme follows the Starburst formula, with the bonuses hinging on wilds and multipliers.
As with the Starburst slot, it’s all about the Wilds here. Wilds can land on the three central reels and substitute for the symbols adjacent to them (as opposed to any symbol) The Wilds can also expand to cover a whole reel and lock.
You will get a respin with the wild locked and can trigger another twice before the spin finishes. Wilds are also win multipliers in Starburst XXXTreme, of between 2x to a whopping 150x. If you manage to land three wilds of 150x your multiplier triples to a stratospheric 450x!
Players can choose from three betting modes, normal betting, or one of two XXXtreme Spin modes. The first of these costs you 10x your bet in return for the guarantee of a Starburst Wild on each spin. The second option costs you a pricey 95x your stake but gives you two Starburst Wilds per spin.
Following a spin or a re-spin, you can activate the Random Wilds bonus on your next spin, which will add up to 3 Starburst Wilds to the reels to help you create more winning combinations with multipliers.
Design & Theme
The design of Starburst XXTreme is very similar to the original Starburst slot, predominantly featuring bright-coloured gemstones and lots of purple. However, the graphics have been freshened up to appeal to a contemporary audience, without losing the look of the iconic slot.
It’s cleaner and sharper, but it’s still Starburst. The loss of a payline doesn’t affect the look of the slot much, and the symbols in the paytable remain the same.
Starburst XXXTreme has an RTP of between 96.26% and 96.45% depending on which betting mode you choose, which is higher than the original slot. However, it is appropriately enough an extremely volatile slot. As the original Starburst slot was rated at low to medium volatility, this is a big change that players need to be aware of.
The enduring popularity of the Starburst slot shows no signs of waning almost a decade after its initial release, and fans are sure to enjoy this new edition to the NetEnt stable. Can an ‘extreme’ slot develop the same loyal following as its rather more gentle predecessor? Time will tell. At the time of writing, Starburst XXXTreme is being hailed as one of the best releases of 2021 and we expect its popularity to continue to grow.