When we first saw Berryburst, we had mixed reactions. On one hand, it was a NetEnt burst-style slot, so it would undoubtedly be a follow-up to the legendary Starburst. At the same time, the announcement of two versions of Berryburst made us immediately suspicious. One, closer to the original Starburst experience, and the other with a high volatility and bigger prizes.
There’s not much to talk about when it comes to themes: it’s a fruit-based Starburst-inspired game. Berryburst’s RTP of 96.56% is above the current industry average, and even beats its predecessor. But where Starburst could net you huge jackpots that went into the heavens and some more, Berryburst only goes up to 1868x your total stake. Even the Max version, with its high variance, doesn’t go above 6000x.
NetEnt’s talented artists prove that they can make anything look good by creating an attractive fruit slot. The gameplay design is almost perfect, too. We have cluster wins instead of fixed paylines now. The expanding Wilds and re-spins make a return from Starburst, too. All the elements are in place, and Berryburst should be an upgrade. And it is, except for the part that matters most – the prizes.
We like the detail NetEnt put into the symbols, but they are still boring old fruits. The most valuable icon is the berry, prized at 5000 coins for a fifteen-of-a-kind cluster win. In contrast, the title of lowest paying symbol is split three-way. The diamond, spade and heart icon all award only 1000 coins for a fifteen-of-a-kind cluster pay. So if you’re gunning for that maximum prize of 1868x your total bet, you best hope berries are in your future!
Expanding Wilds and Re-Spins: Wilds can appear anywhere on the playing field, and automatically expand to cover the entirety of their reel. Each time a Wild expands, a re-spin is played. During the re-spin, the Wild that caused it remains frozen in place. If another Wild lands and expands during the re-spin, another one is played. This means a maximum of five re-spins can be played.
Visually, Berryburst is NetEnt’s proof that they can make anything look gorgeous. Despite having fruit symbols and a simple background, we were left thoroughly impressed. Hats off to NetEnt’s artists, they continue to prove how great they are!
On the gameplay side of things, we really like where Berryburst tries to go. Cluster wins instead of paylines makes a lot of sense for a Starburst clone. But both versions fail to capitalise on the most important aspect of Starburst – the paytable. Neither version comes close to the prizes the original offered.
As a result, if you’re looking for the next Starburst, we are sad to report this slot is not it. It is still quite enjoyable, and it can net you some great prizes. But there’s no real reason to play either Berryburst version when Starburst is still available.