Starblast – a parallel universe?
High variance Starburst-wannabe
Wild Re-Spins and wild multipliers
Starblast (Play’n GO): Review
Update March 20: the game has been pulled by Play’n GO – read why.
As you’ve likely figured out already, Starblast is an answer to NetEnt’s iconic smash hit Starburst. Released in 2012, Starburst remains one of the most played online slots on the market, in part explained by the fact that it has been the main free spins slot for the majority of casinos. However, as pointed out by one of our readers in the comment section, Starburst is in turn a dead ringer of Novomatic’s Power Stars which was released back in 2008, meaning NetEnt can’t exactly claim originality.
The fundaments at play here are the same – you got your 5 reels, 3 rows and 10 paylines that pays both ways. The bet level starts at 0.10 and goes all the way up to 100 Eur per spin. It’s shipped to the casinos with the default RTP of 96.6% but can be lowered to 94.5% to make up for the expenses involved in operating in regulated markets.
Set in deep space, in the backdrop you’ll see interstellar clouds of dust, or Nebulae as they are usually referred to, planets and stars. There’s also a Moon Princess-type narrative going on as well, calling out “Double Re-Spin” and other highlights in the game. On the reels, 5 gemstones of various colour occupy the majority of the positions. You’ll also come across lucky 7’s and bar symbols with the latter being the most lucrative giving you 16 times your stake for 5 across a full payline. The wild is represented by a star which can appear as a 1x, 2x, and 3x multiplier wild.
Starblast (Play’n GO): Features
Starblast is a simple game. It’s all about the wilds which appear in the three middle reels only. When they hit, the wilds expands to fully cover the reel and a Re-Spin is awarded while the wild reel remains locked in place.
Now, if another wild hits, it too expands and another Re-Spin is played with two wilds locked in position. In total, you can have 3 fully stacked wilds with combined multipliers of up to 9x, something that can ultimately result in a max win of 4000 times your stake.
Starblast (Play’n GO): Verdict
We have to say, Play’n GO must have quite some cojones to launch such a blatant copy of Starburst, barely even bothering to change the title. Not that we’re lawyers or anything, but if this is not a case of trademark infringement, then what is.
From a moral standpoint, it’s undoubtedly questionable even if the industry has a long history of “borrowing” from each other. With that said, most players won’t give a flying fudge and though we hate to admit it, Starblast is by far a better game. In fact, it’s everything Starburst should have been. Visually, the original has the upper hand but the higher win potential alone makes Starblast quite a lot more appealing to play.
Starblast (Play'n GO)
● Reels: 5
● Rows: 3
● Paylines: 10
● Default RTP: 96.6% (94.50% Alt.)
● Max Payout: 4000x
● Variance: H (10/10)
● Bets: 0.10 - 100 Eur
● Features: Wild Re-Spins, Wild Multipliers
● Release Date: T.B.A
Bigwinboard Rating - 81%