Gemix Basic Information:
When you think of wealth what is the first thing to come to mind? Money, probably, but what about after that? That's right – gems! It can only make sense then that there are pokies based around both of the topics. Gemix aims to bring the excitement of pokies to an unusual setup to offer something new to the players. Does it pay off, or is this just another case of weirdness for weirdness sake? Read our review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at Play'n Go. This team uses their powerful Game Account Toolkit to create flexible and modular designs. While their major focus is on mobile systems their games also scale perfectly to desktop and similar devices.. This game was released on the 9th of December, 2014.
The Play'n Go system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from Play'n Go.
Gemix comes with a total of 1 paylines over 7 reels in a 7×7 layout.
- The minimum coins bet are static.
- The maximum coins bet are static.
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.50
- Maximum coins size sits at 100.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.75%, which approaches the higher end of average.
By clicking on the gear icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with 4 different options. These are as follows:
- Fast Play
This option toggles the quickplay feature. When active this decreases the amount of time which the user must wait while the reels are spinning.
This option toggles off all of the game sounds.
- Auto Adjust Bet
This option will automatically lower the players bet in the situation where they cannot afford the next spin at their current settings.
- Spacebar to spin
This option simply adds pressing spacebar to the number of ways in which the reels can be spun.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 20, 30,40 or 50 autospins. The player can also choose to stop the reels from spinning in the following scenarios:
- On any win
- If a single win exceeds an entered amount
- When overall balance increases by an entered amount
- When overall balance decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Gemix also comes with an paytable help button. This button opens a page which details all of the symbol worth, the bonus symbols and payline information.
The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the upper right of the game main screen.
Gemix does not appear to be based on any preexisting property. From what we can tell it is about you, the hero. Your goal is to gain as many gems as you can until you manage to impress all three tiers of the Gemix social structure – the miners, the royals and the wizards. Good luck!
Other Features and Bonuses
The first key component we will look at here is the crystal charge meters. This meter is charged up when winning. It is activated when 20 symbols are collected. If the player manages to gain 40 charge symbols before the charge is triggered they gain access to the super charge. This feature acts as a 3x multiplier while active.
The above four outcomes are randomly cycled when the crystal charge is complete. Each of these will have an effect. These are as follows:
- Nova Blast
When this is activated one symbol will explode. This destroys and transforms adjacent symbols.
- Crystal Warp
When this is activated a single symbol will be targeted. All matching symbols will be warped to other symbols.
- Light Beam
When this is activated one symbol will shoot out light beams. All hits symbols will be transformed into other symbols.
- Chain Lightning
When this is activated two corner symbols are connected with chain lightning. All hit symbols are then transformed to one of the corner symbols.
Gemix also comes with the drop feature. With this feature each match will disappear from the reels, with additional symbols dropping in from above. Any further matches will repeat this process.
Displayed to the right side of the game screen is the above pattern indicator. Matching symbols in the light areas of this pattern will add to the star counter. At three stars the player will be awarded the world bonus and will advance to the 2nd and then 3rd worlds. Each of these world have different wilds symbols, as shown below.
The first wild symbol is this miner fellar. Up to 10 of these can appear on non-winning rounds.
The second world wild symbol appears as this lollipop. These wilds can spread from edge to edge on non-winning rounds.
In the third world the player gains access to the above sticky wilds. These can stick between rounds and up to 8 of them can appear at a time.
All wilds can substitute for all other symbols.
Gemix does not include additional bonus games.
How to Play:
Basic play for Gemix is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.
Overall Design and Usability:
When you look at the design of Gemix there is an immediate sense of familiarity. This is because the general look of this game borrows heavily from games such as Bejeweled and Candy Crush. This means striking little symbols with a general cartoonish theme, which also happen to look like little pieces of candy. You shouldn't eat gems, though. This means the theme is very colourful, and very direct about this. While your appreciation of this type of design comes down to personal taste we have to say – if you like the games which inspired this and you like pokies – you will like the look of this.
In terms of usability we have seen Gemix hold up generally well. By having so many reels the game itself requires more power than the average game. Combined with no graphics options means that this game might not work very well for players on older or less powerful devices. Aside from this issue the game runs very well, with no issues regarding reliability arising during our testing procedures.
Where to find it:
Play'n Go may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the Play'n Go framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
One of the rare pokie creations which really goes out of the way to offer something different. Gemix has a great, though divisive, look, and a fun bonus and levelling system. This is a great example of what pokies can achieve if they break away from the mould. Whether you like colourful pokies or are just on the lookout for something new – Gemix is certainly worth a shot.
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