Gems Gone Wild Supreme: Slot Overview
Delving back into the past, into one’s genealogy, can often turn up all sorts of colourful characters you never knew you were related to. The same can be said about Gems Gone Wild Supreme from Stakelogic. Not only is it a clone of a previous game titled Fruits Gone Wild Supreme, but the studio has also nabbed the visuals, and the title, from Red Tiger‘s Gems Gone Wild slot. Your guess is as good as ours as to how this has come to pass, but however Stakelogic has laid their hands on Gems Gone Wild, it has now had the Supreme makeover and a different studio’s name stamped on it.
Like the vanilla Gems Gone Wild, the Supreme version invites comparisons to the old NetEnt classic Starburst. Gems fill the 6×4 sized grid, there’s a universe thing going on in the background, well, if you pretend you’re travelling at light speed, and the fixed 40-paylines pay-both-ways. Otherwise, it’s a neat evolution of the Gems Gone Wild series in most respects, though smaller in stature than the Power Reels version. There’s also a pretty sweet 80s vibe provided by the retro synth backing track.
The wild gem action takes place on any favoured device, offering base stakes from 25 p/c to £/€100 per spin. However, as Gems Gone Wild Supreme comes with Stakelogic’s Super Stake optional extra, bets are doubled when it is activated. The benefits of doing so are covered in the next section. As to stats, since this is a straight clone, they are all the same figures that came with Fruits Gone Wild Supreme. This means an RTP of 96.04%, medium volatility and mediocre potential as the icing on top. Basically, this is low-key gaming in the Starburst vein, with a ton of features thrown in.
Before getting to them, there are a couple of rules to cover – one being how to get paid. Wins are awarded in Gems Gone Wild Supreme when three matching symbols line up left to right or right to left from the two outer reels. If two wins are on the same payline in each direction, they both pay. Also, six of a kind combinations stretching the full width of the grid are paid twice, once for each direction. All are gems of some kind, the first 6 bearing runic inscriptions, the final three being larger, premium gems worth 3 to 12 times the stake for six of a kind.
Gems Gone Wild Supreme: Slot Features
Gems Gone Wild Supreme isn’t as simple as it looks, and there are several features to get a handle on. One is a Collecting Stars feature; others include Cascading Reels, multiplier wilds, Super Stakes, Mystery Symbols, Bonus Respins, free spins, and a gamble option.
Let’s get the Cascading Reels out of the way first. When winning combinations hit, the respective symbols disappear, and new symbols cascade down to fill in the empty spaces. New symbols continue to cascade down until there are no new winning combinations.
Wild symbols perform several duties; one is substituting pay symbols to complete line wins. When wild symbols hit, they are also collected as part of the Collected Stars feature. Every 15 spins, during the base game, or every 5 free spins, the collected wilds are added to the grid in random positions. These added wilds may also have multipliers of x2, x3, or x5 attached, which are added together if more than one is used in a win.
On to the Super Stake, which unlocks Mystery Symbols when activated. At random, a number of Mystery Symbols may be added to a spin, all transforming into the same pay symbol when the spin stops. This feature has a chance of this around once every 29 spins.
When 2 to 5 bonus symbols land on the reels, a Super Stake Respin is awarded. If a new bonus symbol lands, a new Super Stake Respin is awarded, ending when 6 are in view or no more land. During respins, any winning combinations are ignored. However, if at least three bonus symbols are in view, 15 free spins are awarded, plus 5 extra for each additional symbol. It is possible to retrigger free spins when 3 or more bonus symbols land.
The final feature is a gamble option which doubles or quadruples the winning total for guessing the correct colour or suit of a face-down card. Get it wrong, and the winnings are forfeit.
Gems Gone Wild Supreme: Slot Verdict
For a bit of Starburst style gaming with a bunch of extras, Gems Gone Wild Supreme might be the go. Like NetEnt’s classic, it is far from being a hardcore gambling machine which, to its credit, it’s not pretending to be. There is a lot of stuff going on, though, ideal for players who like the idea of regular hits, regular wild drops, and fairly regular bonus games, with the caveat that they are unlikely to produce massive winning totals.
A relatively light game gets a relatively modest max win figure as well, of 2,744 times the stake. The dream scenario would be hitting a full screen of wilds and/or top premiums with a multiplier in tow. It’s not completely out of the realms of possibility either, due to the help received by the Collecting Stars feature when it dumps all of the collected wilds back on the screen. As in other games that dangle rewards after a set batch of spin have passed, it can be exciting knowing something potentially profitable is just around the corner, but they do lock you in – if you have one spin, there is a compulsion to complete all 15.
The question remains over how Gems Gone Wild Supreme birthed itself, being a conjunction of Fruits Gone Wild Supreme and a slot from another provider. Whatever the juicy gossip might be, fans of both previous games are sure to find entertainment value in Gems Gone Wild Supreme, as will anyone after a more complex Starburst tailored experience.
While the game makes good on its premise of giving you Starburst style gaming, the end result is repetitive and dated.