Swedish iGaming software pioneers NetEnt have reached an agreement to supply its entire online slot portfolio for the UK’s leading online bingo platform. The Evolution Gaming-owned studio, which has been delivering premium slot and live dealer game solutions since its foundation in 1996, will deliver iconic slot titles like Starburst and Gonzo’s Quest to the Buzz Bingo site.
The partnership is viewed as mutually beneficial, with NetEnt further cementing its position as one of the leading HTML5 slot developers for the UK’s regulated online casino scene. It was one of the first studios to develop fully responsive slot titles using HTML5 technology for both desktop and mobile use and it also leads the way with live dealer games, spanning traditional table games and innovative gameshow-style variants.
In addition, the arrival of NetEnt slot titles at Buzz Bingo is a positive step towards the operator’s diversification of its iGaming offering outside of its daily bingo games, which have rapidly become the leading place to play bingo online in the UK. Buzz Bingo’s chief digital officer Stevie Shaves described NetEnt’s software as “first-class” and confirmed its portfolio of games “resonates incredibly well” with its player base that’s rapidly becoming Britain’s favoured entertainment community.
NetEnt’s chief commercial officer Andy Whitworth believes it’s not just its “well-known hits” that will prove popular among British bingo players but its “new releases” that focus on innovative and “exciting content”. Part of that new and exciting content includes the long-awaited release of its Starburst XXXtreme slot game. NetEnt has promised to develop a new variant to its evergreen Starburst slot classic and the XXXtreme slot version incorporates a string of new features that are sure to catch the eye among players on desktop and mobile. As with most new NetEnt slot releases, Starburst XXXtreme does not disappoint on smartphones and tablets of any screen size as it is completely mobile optimised.
Getting under the bonnet of the tech features in NetEnt’s Starburst XXXtreme
The Starburst XXXtreme slot version incorporates increased volatility, as well as a raft of new slot features with enhanced winning potential. For those new to slot technology, slot volatility relates to the level of inherent risk in a specific game. The higher the volatility, the greater the risk. That’s because payouts are programmed to be fewer and further between. However, when you do land them, the payouts tend to offer bigger and bolder prizes.
Starburst XXXtreme will retain the same look and feel, with a 5×3 slot that contains the same symbols, including the iconic Starburst wild. Todd Haushalter, chief product officer at Evolution, said the ambition for Starburst XXXtreme was to deliver for the “next generation of players” as well as its existing, loyal player base. It goes without saying that NetEnt utilized HTML5 to build Starburst XXXtreme, ensuring a fully responsive release that captures the imagination of the majority of iGamers that now play casino games on smartphones and tablets.
As with the original Starburst slot – which is still the most played slot title across most regulated iGaming markets – Starburst XXXtreme offers re-spins with expanding Starburst wilds. It has gone even further by enhancing the original feature with the addition of new random multipliers worth up to 450x your initial stake. Wild symbols are some of the most popular additions to a slot game’s dynamics, with the ability to replace low-value base game symbols with wilds to improve the value of winning paylines. As with the original Starburst game, the sequel also contains just nine paylines, but this is all part of the charm to retain the feel of the original that keeps people coming back for more.
The Random Wilds feature is another new twist to this latest variant. Players are given the option to pay an upfront fee of 10x or 95x your initial wager to trigger “XXXtreme Spins” where one or two Starburst wilds are guaranteed to land.
From a visual perspective, Starburst XXXtreme looks unchanged to the original, while the now-iconic futuristic electronic soundtrack has also made the cut. The “BAR” symbol remains the most valuable base game symbol, aside from the Starburst wild that’s involved with all of the new features and functions.