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Gemix is an unusual video slot from Play’N Go. Another gemstone themed slot to join the masses already out there, but with a series of additional features and an unconventional reel setup it will certainly make a nice change for those bored with the usual 5 x 3 setups.
Presented over an downright exciting 7 x 7 setup with just the one payline, this slot has a bit of King’s Candy Crush about it, with its bright and colourful layout and the sheer amount of icons and symbols on the screen at any one time.
So, what’s it got?
This game has levels, a trait which we've seen cropping up right across the slots industry and from all prominent providers. These levels are known as ‘worlds’ of which there are three you can travel through. Each world has three levels, filled with matching gems that lay upon patterns beneath them.
There is also the ‘world bonus’, a tally that increases incrementally after each win, collectible at the point which you traverse to the next world. The faster you progress the smaller this bonus is and vice versa.
World One will give you up to 10 miners’ lamp Wild symbols, which will be added to the grid. In World Two you will get a lollipop Wild, spread across the screen. In World Three you will get up to eight Spell Book Sticky Wilds, which will be added to the grid and remain locked in place for as long as there are matches to be made.
Crystal Charge is a series of bonus features which can be activated when you collect 20 or more gems on one spin. There are four charges which are randomly awarded from the spinning ball on the right side of the grid.
Nova Blast Charge*
Nova Blast Charge will make one gem explode and it destroy all adjacent symbols. Crystal Warp will pick one symbol randomly and matching ones will be transformed in other symbols. Light Beam will blast one symbol with a ray of light both horizontally and vertically, transforming those symbols into matching ones. Chain Lightning will cast a lightning flash which will join two opposing corners and change all symbols in its path to match these corners.
*Courtesy of Play’N Go’s media pack
Gemix is a special one to us, not only because it keeps you engaged, but also from its sheer playability. For anyone who might think that slots are dull, predictable and short-sighted will be pleasantly surprised by this one. We weren't so surprised, we know what great games Play’N Go can produce and this one is no exception. The layered worlds approach is just fantastic, giving it a sense of progression and the passing of time. Talking of time, it’ll fly by when playing this one, that’s for sure.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring