You know, we’re continuously floored by the fact NetEnt’s artists continue to be able to make anything they touch look good. If you told us we’d seriously be considering a fruit slot to be among the better-looking titles we’d be playing as 2018 was drawing to a close, we’d have called you nuts, but along came NetEnt with BerryBurst, delivering a colorful background, glowy, floating fruits and an upbeat, addictive soundtrack.
And while the graphics look good, gameplay wise, it feels similar to the NetEnt’s classic Starburst title, though its volatility is somewhat higher. The RTP for BerryBurst is 96.23% and the game is played on a 5x3 playing field with cluster wins instead of paylines – meaning gamblers need to collect five or more of the same symbol adjacent to each other for a win to be awarded, instead of following a set payline. The title has only one bonus and that’s expanding Wilds.
Expanding Wild is a rather simple, but quite effective special feature. Gamblers gain access to it very easily – a Wild simply needs to land somewhere on the playing field, and it will automatically expand and fill out the entire reel it’s occupying. This also rewards a re-spin, which spins all the other reels except the one with expanding Wild. It’s possible to draw additional Wilds during re-spins, which will expand those Wilds as well and add another re-spin. The optimal way for this special feature to work out is to get five re-spins and end up with a full reel of Wilds, which would be the biggest win you could score in this entire game.
You can wager between $0.10 up to $200 per spin, which high rollers will undoubtedly love, while casual gamblers will look at their wallets gratefully. That said, we believe high rollers will be more inclined to play the higher variance version which offers bigger maximum wins. The largest jackpot you can win in BerryBurst is 3,000x the stake.
Gamblers have access to the Autoplay option which is rather expansive letting you set the number of spins and stop the game if you win or lose above or below a certain threshold.
Expanding Wilds have a lot of potentials and we feel NetEnt purposefully chose to go with only one special feature, because they wanted the gameplay to be focused on every single spin instead of chasing special features. We’re not quite sure if they managed to achieve that fully with BerryBurst, and part of it is due to the volatility being higher than it was in Starburst. That said, between the Max version and this one, the regular Berryburst is clearly the more worthy successor.
While you’re not nearly as punished as in the Max version for betting too big, we still wouldn’t recommend getting carried away. Beyond that, do your best to drag out the re-spin Wilds as much as possible to maximize pays.
The desktop and mobile versions of BerryBurst are exactly the same. If you wish so, you can play BerryBurst on your mobile device with all its features preserved.