Quickspin, the developer behind titles such as Beowulf and King Colossus, has shown that it’s capable of creating graphically complex slots, packed full of features. It’s kept things simple with Jewel Blast, a 5 reel, 25 payline offering that comes with the Blast Bonus. Stakes range from between 25p and £100 per spin.
Simple doesn’t mean bad of course, and there’s plenty to recommend in Jewel Blast. Firstly it looks a treat – the symbols on the reels included a selection of brightly coloured emeralds, rubies, diamonds and sapphires as well as the standard playing card values. They’re all clearly defined against a purple backdrop making it very easy on the eyes.
Jewel Blast comes with two types of wilds. The standard wild offers the usual substitutes. It’s also the biggest standard payer, offer wins of 500 times your line bet if you find a winning combination of five. The Blast Wild is where the game really comes into its own though.
Find 2 or more Blast Wilds anywhere on the reels and you’ll trigger the Blast Bonus feature. After all of the winning paylines have been settled, all of the symbols adjacent to the Blast Wilds will be blown away by a Blast Wave and replaced by other symbols, offering extra opportunities to win. The Blast Bonus continues as long as there is a Blast Wild symbol somewhere on the reels. It’s possible to get on a real roll here and build up a big haul of coins.
Jewel Blast is on the low side of medium on the variance stakes. It’s unlikely you’ll win anything life-changing but there should be a steady stream of smaller payouts. The Blast Bonus feature comes along on a fairly regular basis and can give your winnings a real boost.
Simple it may be but there’s plenty to enjoy in Jewel Blast. The gameplay is hypnotic and the pace is fast. It’s not unlike the NetEnt classic Starburst in that it has one main feature and focuses on that. Thankfully, the single feature in Jewel Blast is a good one and should provide plenty of entertainment if you’re looking for a simple and enjoyable slot. If you want something a little more hard-hitting, the aforementioned Starburst is a better alternative.