Play ’N Go are one of the top developers when it comes to super volatile video slots and the Scandi developer has come up with another cracker in the form of Starblast. This 5 reel, 10 payline game comes with a trio of wild symbols that expand to fill reels and award a re-spin. 2 of those wilds also come with multipliers that can double or treble payouts. Better still is if you land a trio of multiplier wilds as the payout could rocket by up to 9x. Play this high variance game on your PC, tablet or mobile from between 10p and £100 per spin.
There’s nothing especially complex about Starblast. That’s true of both the design and gameplay. Set against a star-filled, deep space backdrop, the reels here feature 5 colourful crystals as well as a lucky 7. The most lucrative symbol is the bar. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these across a payline and you’ll receive an award of 4, 8 or 16 times your bet.
Central to the action are the 3 star wilds, each of which is wild. Joining the standard wild are 2x and 3x multiplier wilds. Whenever a wild lands on reels 2, 3 or 4, it expands to fill the reel and a re-spin is awarded in the Wild Re-Spins feature. If it’s 1 of the multiplier wilds, the payout gets a 2x or 3x boost. If another wild lands on the re-spin, the process is repeated. It’s possible to fill all 3 reels with wilds which can lead to some potentially spectacular results.
That’s certainly the case if you manage to land more than 1 multiplier wild on the same re-spin. In that happy circumstance, the multipliers are added together. The perfect storm is landing a trio of stacked 3x multiplier wilds as this will deliver a massive 9x multiplier.
That’s it as far as gameplay goes. This is a very simple video slot to play. It’s also a very volatile one so you can expect some lengthy down spells. Get lucky with the stacked wilds and multipliers and the results can be out of this world – up to 5,000 times your bet on each re-spin.
The sky-high variance means that Starblast won’t be for everyone. If you like games that deliver crisp design, simple repetitive gameplay and high risk/high reward play, then Starblast should be on your list of must play video slots. If you want a lower variance version, NetEnt’s Starburst is almost identical really but without the multipliers.