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The wombat says: Well, well, well, another jewel-themed game! Thankfully Jewel Strike from Blueprint Gaming and NetEnt isn’t like your run of the mill bling-filled slot.
Nope – it features some rather unique bonuses and quirky features. Most importantly there are no Scatters or Wilds in the game! So how does it work then? Well, we’ll get to that in a bit…
Look and Feel
Your reels in Jewel Strike slot are set against a weird-looking lunar landscape with a swirling blue and purple clouds (this wombat has no idea why). The graphics here are very colourful but a bit on the basic side like, say, the Around the World slot machine – there are no 3D animations nor slick design touches in the game.
Jewel Strike slot is a five reel game with 3 rows and 10 paylines. As you’d expect from the title, your high value symbols on the reels are made up of jewels of different colours; a blue sapphire, a red ruby, a green emerald and of the highest paying symbol of them all; a sparkly yellow diamond. These are the kinds of stones that the ladies in the Hells Grannies slot lust after. The lower value symbols are represented by 10, J, Q, K & A, while the golden jewel is your high roller and can appear stacked on the reels. It will pay out 500x your bet for x5, which is makes us happy!
The Colossal Reel feature is where the ‘real’ money is at Wombat Fans… So take a look…
The Jewel Strike Colossal Reels feature is a randomly triggered bonus symbol. These ruddy huge jewels will land across 3 adjacent reels while the remaining 2 reels will then stop – guaranteeing you 3 in a row winning combos on every line! Plus, you also have the chance to retrigger the bonus if normal matching icons appear alongside them.
You have 2 choices of how to play Jewel Strike slot Wombat Fans; either in normal mode, or you can decide to play like a high-roller for the day by activating the Epic Spins mode.
Playing in Epic Spins mode will automatically increase the size of your stake on each spin – AND – it will also get rid of all lower paying symbols on the reels. So, the higher your bet level, the more low-paying symbols it eliminates. Which means that the highest possible level you’re betting 20x more than in normal bet mode to get rid of the 10, J, Q, K and A and only play with the high value gemstones.
This cheeky bonus allows those of you who like taking risks to make an extra gamble and reap the rewards by securing much bigger wins. A word of warning though: It’s not for the fainthearted!
The Jewel Strike slot is high variance and ‘go big or go home’ is the name of the game here. If you prefer a calmer life but like the high life then try something like our High Society slot machine which is lower volatility.
But, if you like taking risks then you’ll love Jewel Strike, and playing in the Epic Spins mode will be right up your street. And with this feature plus the Colossal symbols, you won’t notice the lack of Wilds or Scatters. Overall, a gem of slot!
Wombat score 4/5
Loses a point on design…