With this new edition, NetEnt brings you new-age features. They cranked up volatility and additional functionality. New and old features will bring the usual Starburst experience, but theres’more to the Starburst XXXtreme™ slot.
2012 was one of the most successful NetEnt years when it comes to new video slots. It was the year NetEnt launched Jack Hammer 2: Fishy Business™, Elements: The Awakening™, and its very own success story. This review is not at all about this success story, but all about its new and improved sequel, the Starburst XXXtreme™ slot
Of course, the roots of the Starburst XXXtreme™ slot are to be found in Starburst™ which arrived at the NetEnt Casinos in 2012. That’s almost 10 years before the XXXtreme version became available. Why a new and improved version of what is still the most popular video slot? Keep reading to find out what makes the Starburst XXXtreme™ slot different from its predecessor.
New and improved, doesn’t always mean better!
Let’s be honest with each other. If you’re a real NetEnt fan like me, it’s hard to beat the Starburst™ slot. It’s almost like I grew up with it. It’s like my first TV, my first mobile phone, my first car, even my first relationship.
I didn’t need any of those things and survived perfectly well without them. But then, without even realizing it, they become part of your daily life. You start to appreciate a TV of your own, watching whatever you like and whenever you can.
Or that first mobile phone. It’s not the best phone you had, I hope. Who forgot about their first mobile phone? I didn’t, and I still believe my first Nokia was the best phone ever! No internet yet, just perfect for a call and a text. And if with a big bang it ended up on the floor, it was as if nothing happened!
NetEnt’s Starburst™ is like my first Nokia! Unbeatably strong after all those years! The new and improved Starburst XXXtreme™ slot brings more functions, like my smartphone, but after all those years, Starburst™ still does what it needs to do. It entertains people with a game of simplicity, the same aspect responsible for this oldie to be the most popular video slot over and over again.
In 10 years, dozens of old and new game suppliers developed numerous video slots, but none of them has been able to become as successful as Starburst™. And the launch of Starburst XXXtreme™ in 2021 can only strengthen the popularity of the game as a series. As the smartphone in this story, there’s no doubt the Starburst XXXtreme™ slot has great potential, but new and improved doesn’t always mean better!
What’s new in Starburst XXXtreme™?
Well, I’m not going to reveal all that’s new and improved. I’ll come to that later on. But one aspect of the game is going to change the way you play Starburst forever. That’s for sure!
We all know the original version for its Expanding Wilds and Re-spins, but what is it that makes this newer version XXXtreme? Besides a brand-new Multiplier, it’s for sure the XXXtreme Spins that makes Starburst XXXtreme™ a smartphone.
I can’t believe it, it’s back! And better than ever. The original Starburst recipe you love with an added burst of rocket fuel. This iconic game is about to see a whole new generation of spinners.
This new addition to the original, allows you to purchase XXXtreme spins. In fact, you activate the well-known Wild Re-spin feature with guaranteed Starburst™ Wilds. You pay 10 times your bet for one guaranteed Starburst™ Wild symbol and 95 times the bet for 2 guaranteed Starburst™ Wild symbols.
High volatility Starburst
Before I start to explain new and old video slot features available, I want you to know what it means that low volatility becomes high volatility. Starburst™ is known for its low volatility. This means that you can expect frequent wins. The lower the volatility, the more winning combinations you can expect. But don’t expect the highest wins.
However, when you crank up volatility, the video slot shifts from frequent wins to higher wins. So fewer winning combinations will appear with reels passing by for several spins without any action on the reels. Just until one of the slot features activates, responsible for the actions and massive wins.
Starburst XXXtreme™ will, just as its predecessor, be all about the expanding Starburst Wild. To be able to get to a high volatility slot game, something more was needed for the chance of a massive win. After all, the Both Ways Win feature is cancelled.
As usual in newer NetEnt slots, bet levels are not available anymore. Instead, NetEnt gives you the opportunity to click the pile of coins to pick your bet. When you do in the Starburst XXXtreme™ slot, you’ll find around 40 different bet values. The lowest is 0.10 which climbs up slowly to end up with a maximum bet of 50.00.
Starburst XXXtreme™ features
When you add XXXtreme to the original name of a game, you expect fireworks, don’t you? At least, I do! So let’s see what features we see in this new and improved Starburst version.
There is no feature more central to the Starburst™ universe than the Wild feature. And again, the Wild appears on reels 2, 3, and 4 where they substitute for all symbols.
Wilds expand to cover the entire reel and to award a Re-spin and a random Multiplier. The latter is new to the Starburst Universe. If an additional Starburst XXXtreme Wild lands on the reels during a Re-Spin expands and awards another Re-Spin and additional Multiplier (of either x2, x3, x5, x10, x25, x50, x100, or x150).
Reels covered with Wild symbols lock during subsequent Re-spins. Wins with multiple Wilds involved will be multiplied by the sum of the Multipliers.
The Random Wild is totally new and one of the most exciting features in Starburst XXXtreme™. This slot feature activates completely random after a spin or a Re-Spin. When it does, 1 to 3 Wild symbols land randomly on reels 2, 3, and 4.
Also completely new to the Starburst universe, is the chance to buy XXXtreme Spins. Starburst XXXtreme Touch® is one of the first NetEnt mobile slots that gives you the possibility to purchase XXXtreme spins.
Activating XXXtreme Spins guarantees Starburst Wilds. Activating XXXtreme Spins costs 10x the bet for 1 guaranteed Starburst Wild symbol per spin, and 95x the bet for 2 guaranteed Starburst Wild symbols per spin.