Gemix 2 Slot Review (Play’n GO)
Play’n GO releases yet another iconic cluster slot sequel: Gemix 2.
It is based on the 2014-year 7×7 cascading slot game which is known for its Bejeweled-type theme. The new version doesn’t seem to depart from the original too much, but there are some major changes under the hood. One of those changes is the addition of one more world to the complex system of guardians and wild features. This has diluted base wins but with much-increased volatility, the maximum payout is now also higher at 7,500x versus 4,500x.
Gemix 2 is available exclusively at Kindred online casinos like Unibet for the full three months starting 8 April 2021, after which it’ll become available at the rest of the Play’n GO slot sites too.
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Gemix 2 Worlds
First things first, Gemix 2 is a cluster slot. This means wins can be formed as long as there are 5 or more identical symbols touching horizontally or vertically. Once a win is formed, the symbols will break apart and make room for new ones to take their place.
Because Gemix 2 symbol payouts have been diluted in some cases by up to 5 times, mainly because of the expanded bonus, getting those winning reactions going all the way to the multipliers (see below) is pretty much essential for any significant wins.
This brings us to the worlds.
The Gemix series is all about different worlds, patterns and their wild features. In the second instalment, there is a total of 4 unique worlds, each with 2 patterns and guardians with unique wild features.
- Sky Knight’s world: Up to two 2×2 Mega Wilds can appear on the grid.
- Miner’s world: Up to 10 wild symbols can appear in random positions.
- Princess’ world: A row of wild symbols that spread from edge to edge of the reel.
- Wizard’s world: Up to 5 sticky wilds can appear in different positions on the grid. Are also removed when part of any winning combination. Sticky wilds stay for one game round or until Crystal Charge is triggered.
Should you favour one world over the other? – From my experience, the miner and princess bonuses tend to be more effective, the wizard’s feature comes close and the new knight’s one is ironically the most disappointing. However, I did trigger quite a win in the knight’s world, so go figure.
Each world has two patterns. Land wins on the pattern positions to clear it and progress onto the next one. Once both patterns are completed, you progress to the next world.
The point of completing patterns is threefold:
- Helps to orient between different worlds
- Keeps the action going
- Unlocks Pick A Pocket feature.
Once two patterns are completed and before the transition into the next world, players are presented with a Pick a Pocket bonus game. The reward is basically a cashback on your total wager. This means there is a limited upside and for the most part, this feature is redundant in this game. If anything, it gives some extra motivation to complete patterns but usually, you’ll end up winning 4x bet on average.
Crystal Charge Feature
All wins during a game round contribute to increasing the Crystal Charge meter. The first 25 winning symbols will unlock one of the following:
- Chain Lightning: Two corner symbols shoot out an electrical arc that is transformed into one of the corner symbols (can be quite powerful).
- Light Beam: Light rays shoot out vertically and horizontally from a symbol on the grid. All symbols in the affected column and row are transformed to other symbols (often the most effective feature).
- Crystal Warp: A symbol is selected on the grid. The selected symbol and all matching symbols are warped to other symbols (can result in mega-clusters).
- Nova Blast: A symbol is selected on the grid and explodes. Adjacent symbols are removed from the grid in a 7-symbol diameter explosion, leaving behind a cluster of core symbols. This core consists of the same symbol (the least lucrative feature, I’ve not seen it produce any meaningful wins but often mess up existing high-pay setup).
What you really want is to get 50 winning symbols, which unleashes them all!
Super Charge Bonus
Collect 50 winning symbols to Super Charge the Crystal Charge Meter and activate all four Crystal Charge effects simultaneously. More importantly, it will add an x2 multiplier to all your winnings, doubling them. Better yet, retriggers with each additional 50 winning symbols collected will causing the multiplier to increment x2 up to a maximum of x20!
My personal best so far has been x8, whereas the Super Charge is not that rare in itself. The cherry on the cake is that during these “multiplier respins”, both existing and other world wild features can be activated at random too. All that can continue for a good few dozens of free spins, which has not been possible before.
👍 Tip: Gemix 2 theoretical return to player can range significantly depending on where you play: 96.26%-94.27% at legit casinos and all the way down to 84.26% at the dodgiest of slot sites.
So, what to make of the sequel that follows other recent remakes such as Reactoonz 2 and Golden Ticket 2? Well, Gemix 2 is certainly more gamified than before. It is definitely not a source of wealth, but it can feel like one with all the worlds and wilds and explosions. Unless you get the ball rolling, however, random win clusters are not worth much by themselves anymore. Also, while it’s hard for me to see any improvement on the graphics front, at least now the slot looks less childish, which UKGC will approve too.
There are pros and cons of both the first and the second game. The main feature (Super Charge) is now more distinctive than before, which helps to separate the base game from the bonus, which can continue for quite some time in a thrilling fashion. But that comes at the expense of smaller wins that are outside the multiplier range, ie the base game. Because the original is quite different in nature from Gemix 2, I don’t expect to see many Gemix 1 fans preferring this version. It is however a great cluster slot to play among Miner Donkey Trouble and the like, accepting stakes as low as 0.10 and as much as 100 credits per spin. Just be mindful of the volatility that is rated 9 out of 10.
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