Any experienced player on the JackpotJoy site ought to recognise some of the games on Starspins, which is effectively a spin-off of that popular UK gaming site, entirely devoted to slots. Starspins may have only been established in 2013, but it has already distinguished itself with an interesting range of games and such innovations as a 'Community payout', whereby if someone wins a jackpot, other players have the opportunity to scoop up some cash. The site is operated by Profitable Play Limited, part of the highly respected Gamesys group.
The big attraction of Starspins as far as bonuses are concerned is undoubtedly the Welcome Bonus. Available to new members who make a minimum first deposit of £10, it amounts to 200% of the first deposit, up to a maximum deposit of £100 - meaning that a new member making a £10 deposit gets a £20 bonus, resulting in £30 credit in their account. We also encountered a 'Daily Free Game' offering the chance to win real money, as well as a 15% cashback offer on the site's Jeopardy Slot.
Although Starspins has been around for a few years ago now and makes much play of its 100% slots games focus, there aren't necessarily as many actual games here as you might expect - we only counted 24. However, they are also certainly very well-chosen games, easy to get into and powered by the slickest software around.
Slots games on the site at the time of our review ranged from Double Bubble, Fortune Temple and Wheel of Fortune: Triple Extreme Spin to Super Monopoly Money, Da Vinci Diamonds and Valkyrie Queen. While some of those names may be familiar to you if you have spent any time on JackpotJoy, if you are a hardcore slots gamer, it's nice to have so many great games in one place, and we imagine that various other exclusive ones will be added in the months and years to come.
All of these games are accessible through a 'lobby' that opens in a separate window, and all of them are 'instant play' - in other words, operating in the browser rather than requiring the download of any software to your computer. The games themselves are reasonably fast-loading, colourful (but not garishly so) and sport impressive graphics and sounds that help to immerse you into the action.
The games are also powered by various highly regarded software providers, including Williams Interactive, IGT and Barcrest, which all ensure a consistently high quality game play experience.
Unfortunately, Starspins is not the most mobile-friendly gaming site - there is no mobile app and the main site is not optimised for mobile viewing, which makes it awkward to navigate. Furthermore, the site's games use Flash software, so if you use a device - such as an iPhone or iPad - that does not support the software, you will not be able to access the games regardless.
To its credit, Starspins has carefully explained this in its own Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section, advising members to instead visit the site through a laptop, PC or Mac.
The site outlines eight payment options when you sign up: Visa, Visa Debit, Visa Electron, PayPal, MasterCard, Maestro, Neteller and Ukash. Although we have certainly come across slots sites that offer a broader range of accepted payment methods, the selection at Starspins is by no means shabby.
The site has a useful FAQs section, which you can search for answers to all manner of common queries. There's also the option to submit a question via email to the support team, using the convenient contact form on the site, or if you're impatient, you could take advantage of the 'Live Chat' function, which is available on a true 24/7 basis and gets you a response to your query pretty much immediately.
One thing that we didn't see was a telephone number, and nor does support seem to be available in languages other than English. Both of those things might be a little disappointing, given the provision that the leading sites now offer for those speaking all manner of languages.
The appeal of Starspins extends well beyond its slots-only specialism, with quirky features like the 'Community payout', a VIP program and easy-to-play exclusive games being just some of the highlights. The software is solid if unspectacular, and the site is informative and easy to navigate - making it a particularly suitable 'beginner' slots site.