In 2012, the Swedish software developer (which is now owned by Evolution Gaming) launched its Starburst slot, which went on to be an instant hit. Since then, we’ve seen the game given a Slingo makeover by Gaming Realms, and now there’s a sequel slot called Starburst XXXtreme to play!
It’s hard to believe that it’s 9 whole years since the Starburst slot made its debut at online casinos and bingo sites across the world. This dazzling game has captured our imaginations and is just as enjoyable to new audiences as it is to old ones.
Today, we look at how the slot has evolved from a humble 5×3 reeler to the hottest game of summer 2021.
The original game
It was back in 2012 that the original Starburst entered the market, and the fact that it was developed by one of the biggest names in the software development sphere helped to spread the word of its launch.
Despite having published over 600 other titles before releasing Starburst, NetEnt saw record numbers of players clamouring to play its latest game.
The dazzling space-themed background makes it easy on the eye while the innovative re-spin feature that uses Starburst Wilds was an industry first.
Starburst also lets players create wins from both left-to-right and right-to-left to increase the likelihood of winning combinations being created.
Slingo Starburst is a Slingo Originals game that combines NetEnt’s hugely popular slot with the Slingo mechanic, and it was launched in March 2021.
It offers players the chance to win up to 1,500x their stake by forming vertical or horizontal lines. Every new Slingo (or win line) moves you one step up the Win Spin bonus ladder which can award cash prizes, as well as Expanding Re-Spin Wilds.
In July 2021, NetEnt launched the official sequel to one of its most popular slots to date, Starburst XXXtreme.
XXXtreme sees the return of Starburst Wilds that can award re-spins and random multipliers. In some countries, there’s also the option to buy Starburst Wilds through the XXXtreme Spins feature.
The game uses 5 reels and 9 paylines and it introduces random multipliers that can be worth up to 450x.
Like the original slot, Starburst XXXtreme is highly volatile, but this does mean that the potential rewards are greater. After all, how many online slots offer a top prize of 200,000x your bet?