Fri, Aug 2, 1:32am by Charlotte Lee
Last Updated Sat, Oct 5, 4:15am
If you have already played the original Berryburst pokies from NetEnt, you’ll find the new ‘Max’ version very familiar. The plasma effects, fruit and even the sound effects of fruit stopping in syrup are all the same. You’ll even hear the same music, a cross between ambient electronic music and calypso.
The key difference with Berryburst Max is in the volatility. NetEnt have swapped more frequent smaller wins for a shot at much bigger prizes. This slot game pays based on clusters of matching symbols. Respins when you get wilds are the only feature, and these can lead to some huge wins. Here is what you need to know to get the max out of this Berry Burst pokie:
Players often think of the volatility (or variance) of pokies separately from their long-term returns. For example, one slot might pay small amounts frequently, another might pay bigger prizes less frequently – though both have a 96% RTP (return to player) over the long run.
Some people prefer the more volatile pokies – as these give you a shot at a meaningful windfall. The popularity of games with huge progressive jackpots illustrates this.
The original Berryburst has a top prize of 5000 coins. The wins on that game are frequent enough to keep your bankroll ticking over for long periods. What it lacks is a huge prize.
This is where the Berryburst Max comes in. This version pays up to 10,000 coins, with other big wins possible too. Where you are compromising is that the smaller wins are less frequent. There is the potential for long waits for a win – though when they come, they can be huge.
No win-lines are used for Berryburst Max. Instead, you need to hit groups of symbols. 5 are needed to count as a ‘cluster’, with 15 the maximum possible on the 5×3 grid of the reels. Hitting 15 of one of the higher paying symbols is where the big wins will come from.
With only 7 different symbols in play, hitting clusters is common. Fruits give you the bigger prizes, while playing card symbols in brightly coloured bubbles make up the smaller wins.
Your biggest wins will come with the help of expanding wild symbols. This look like a sweet, with the word ‘W’ on it. As soon as one arrives, it will expand to cover the entire reel. This will sometimes create a cluster you would not have hit otherwise.
Even better is the free respin bonus. The wild is held into place, while the other reels all spin again. There is no charge for this. You’ll sometimes hit a 2nd win, and sometimes a 2nd wild will appear. This triggers yet another respin. They continue until you get no more wilds – or all 5 reels are covered in expanded wild symbols. When that happens, you are paid for the top prize (strawberries) which is a generous 10,000 coins.
With no win-lines in play, you’ll spin for a fixed 10 coins each spin on this pokie. The coin size, and bet multiplier is entirely up to you. On the mobile version, the spin button moves to the right. Auto-play and bet max are available on both the desktop and mobile versions.
Each of the playing card suits in bubbles have identical prizes, with 1000 coins for the maximum 15. Fruits are the higher paying symbols. These are strawberry (10,000 coins), Orange (5,000), plums (2500) and lime (2500).
Berryburst Max takes a fresh look at the traditional fruit symbols used in pokies for generations. These are floating in a sea of orange and pink plasma, and land with a wobble and ‘plop’ sound. The light effects give the fruits a glass look. Lively electronic music brings the light feel of the reels to life.
This version of the popular Berry Burst pokies is for player that prefer big win potential to more regular smaller wins. Game play, while entertaining, is identical across both games. Wild respins is where your big wins will come from – especially those times you get several wilds in a row. If the excitement of a huge windfall is what you look for in a pokie, it is time to go max!