When it comes to thoughts of old school slot machines, things like bells, 7s, bars, and fruit instantly spring to mind. Usually when we see these symbols featured in modern video slots, we yawn, as the symbols look dated and have no real flair to entice players to spin the reels. This isn't the case with NetEnt's Berryburst slot though, as the game has a brilliant design, great game features, and is an absolute joy to play, giving something that could be mundane an excellent experience.
Berryburst is a 5 reel video slot that is set in a jelly style background that oozes with some sort of presumably yummy liquid. The symbols themselves in the game include diamonds, spades, hearts, limes, plums, oranges, and raspberries. The fruits are large and well detailed, looking good enough to eat, and they float and pulse with a "juice of riches", waiting to burst and award you with winnings.
The game itself looks like a standard video slot, but manages to bring a lot of great features that make the game playable for some time. The main point of difference to most slot machines is that it does not really have paylines, instead sporting the "cluster pays" system. This means you don't have to go across the reels on paylines to score a win, instead you are paid if you spin 5 or more adjacent symbols in any direction. In addition there are wild symbols, stacked symbols, expanding wilds, and free spins. Also if you manage to spin up a stacked wild on a reel, you'll get a free re-spin with the wild held in place every time.
These all combine to give BerryBurst a theoretical return to player percentage (RTP) of 96.6%, which is very competitive with what we see from other online slots these days. I also noted that Net Entertainment has confusingly released a near identical version of this game called BerryBurst Max, which features a slightly different paytable for "bigger wins", but upon reading the fine print I found that the payout rate on that version is only 96.2%, so you're slightly better off sticking to the vanilla version of the game.
In addition to playing this game on your computer, there is full mobile compatibility built in. The experience on your phone is almost identical to the computer, but you also have touch controls built in. You don't give up any features, and dare I say, the game looks even sharper on smaller screens. If I had to choose one way to play this, mobile would be the way to go.
If you're speaking about total surprises for newer video slots, I'm going to go out and say that BerryBurst is one of these games. I absolutely enjoyed my time trialling this new game. So if you're looking for a great slot that mixes old and new together, I highly recommend you spend a few minutes with BerryBurst. It's a quality game that looks great and brings "the juice".