There is something futuristic about the graphics of Berryburst. This mobile-friendly NetEnt pokie reminds me of their popular Starburst slot game. There are some differences, with fruits replacing the gems and an almost sci-fi neon soup feeling of the display. When you spin the pokie reels, the symbols land with a plop, as if into a fruity syrup. Electronic dance music with a calypso feel plays while you spin.
Berryburst uses ‘Cluster Pays’ rather than win-lines. This gives you prizes for groups of symbols up to all 15 spots on the reels. There are wilds, which trigger respins, giving you a shot at putting together a huge cluster. Net Ent have now created Berryburst Max to go with the original pokie game. This is reviewed separately. Here are the highlights of the original Berryburst low to medium variance pokie:
There are not too many symbols on the reels. These are 4 different fruits and playing card suits which look like candies. On some spins, you’ll find one or two of these symbols dominating the reels.
Instead of using win-lines, Berryburst pays for groups of symbols. This system will be familiar to fans of mobile phone games where you need to match gems into groups to win points.
You need a minimum of 5 of one symbol to trigger a win. If you get large groups, those wins are exponentially bigger. It is possible to cover all 15 spots on the 5×3 grid with the same symbol. If you get one of the higher paying ones, this will be a huge hit.
It is also possible to get more than one group of symbols from the same spin. With the help of one or two wild reels (see below), this becomes quite common.
When you get a wild symbol in any position, it will immediately expand to cover the entire reel. It is easy to hit at least one cluster when this happens – and you’ll be paid right away.
Now that wild reel is held in place, and there is a second spin, which comes at no additional cost. If you create more clusters, those are paid in addition to your first win. The best respins happen when you get another wild. This will also expand, covering a reel – and a second respin takes place with both wilds in play.
The dream scenario is to get all 5 reels wild, one at a time. Not only would you get the 5,000 coins top pay out. You’ll have created a lot of big clusters in the 4 respins needed to get to this point!
There are no win-lines in play, so no need to multiply your bet by the number of lines. Each spin is in units of 10. You can change your coin size, add a multiplier or simply opt for the bet max button. NetEnt put the spin button on the right (landscape view) on the mobile pokie, this is in the middle under the reels in the desktop version.
Raspberries have the biggest prize. Covering the reels in these gets you 5,000 coins (same as 15 wilds). A slice of orange is worth 3,000 max, with grapes and line at 2500. Each of the ‘suits’ gets you 1000 coins for filling the reels. There are prizes listed from clusters of 5 all the way to complete coverage.
NetEnt have combined a futuristic, sci-fi feel with humble fruits with Berryburst. The result is both unique and spectacular. Reels are transparent, which give the fruits the feel of floating in orange and purple plasma. All the symbols ae detailed, they bob up and down and gently expand in time with the lively electronic music.
When you hit a live, bolts of yellow plasma fill the reels. In case there was any doubt, the reels affected have the word ‘Wild’ on them in big letters.
If you enjoy straightforward mobile pokies without the complexity of most games – Berryburst makes for an entertaining pick. With cluster pays, you don’t ever need to think about whether you hit the right win-line – you group 5+ symbols and you win. Those respins with wilds are frequent enough to keep the game fresh. They also give you a shot at covering most of the reels in the same symbol for a big bankroll boost!