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Jewel Blast slot review

Added by Quickspin. Information last updated: 18/05/2020

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Tester rating:

3.2 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:Quickspin

Release date:03/2015

RTP:96.22%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 500

Mobile version:Yes

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Highlights

Cascading reels

Scatter symbols

Wilds

Max. win

Mobile version

Themes

Riches & luxury

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RTP (Return to player):
96.22%
Volatility:
Medium
Max. win:
bet x 500

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
19
Quickspin score (compared to other slots of supplier)
7
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

Jewel Blast features a series of floating jewels, exploding Wilds and cascading reels. The game has some great graphics as well as a thumping electronic soundtrack to keep things interesting.

Created by Quickspin and released in 2015, it took me a while to get this older slot running. Working on Flash, the Chrome browser doesn’t like to use it. A lot of players will find this a complication that makes it too difficult to play. There are browsers that still allow Flash to be run, however, so if you really wanted to play the game it is still possible.

The game has nice graphics, especially considering it’s getting up there in years, but the creators didn’t invest a lot of time in choosing a setting or setting the mood. The background is a simple gradient which gives it a space vibe, but that’s not established in any other way. The symbols look like they’re suspended in little bubbles, which is enforced by the subtle animations in the game. The game uses a standard 5-reel, 3-row playing field with 25 paylines.

There are plenty of things to see in Jewel Blast but it’s all disconnected. There is no overarching theme or setting that ties things together. I thought that was a missed opportunity since they would perhaps have made the game more memorable. In the same vein, the music was fine but seemed disconnected and random, playing an electronic beat that would fit any slot with a vague science vibe. None of it is bad, but it disappears in mediocrity.

Symbols

The Symbols in Jewel Blast are comprised mostly of card letters and gems, with only the special symbols being truly unique. This reminded me of another slot Quickspin made called Dragon Shrine, where no effort was made to create symbols that stood out. Again, this ties in with the vibe of the entire game. The slot works fine but has no identity to rely on, making it very difficult for me to remember it amongst the literally hundreds of other slots I have played.

The symbols don’t pay out very large since the game has special features that enable bigger wins. Instead, the player is expected to play for long enough so that these big wins can occur, while the time in between is rather uneventful. Because of the way the game plays it has a Medium Volatility. Players that enjoy a game that has a steadier rate of payouts would do well to look further.

It’s possible to choose a bet between £0.25 and £100 per spin, which allows any player to find the bet size they’re most comfortable with. I personally found it best to stick to the medium bets, so that my funds would last long enough between big wins while still making these wins big enough to be interesting. I sometimes adjusted my bets depending on how high or low my funds were, so I advise any player to keep an eye out.

Features

The features in Jewel Blast are not unique but interesting enough to give the game some much-needed flair. These are very important for the overall gameplay and play a big part in getting wins. It’s also why I found the regular gameplay rather stale since even with Wilds a win during the base game was unlikely.

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game.
  • Bonus Game: When 2 or more Blast Bonus symbols trigger the bonus game starts.
  • Cascading Reels: While the Bonus Game is activated, each Blast Bonus will explode in turn, destroying symbols and replacing them with new ones. Any wins that are created are added to the win pool. Each Blast Bonus symbol will explode and make new winning combinations possible. Additional Blast Bonus symbols may appear. The Bonus Game will continue for as long as there are Blast Bonus symbols.

The most important aspect of the game, and really the only one that matters, are the cascading reels. I thought it was rather unique how this feature is completely disabled during the base game and only activates at certain times. It seems to be something that requires a lot of work to implement and it would make sense for the developer to make maximum use of it.

Instead, Jewel Blast has gated its activation behind the Blast Bonus symbol. These symbols can appear on reels 2, 3 and 4. Whenever there are 2 or more of them, the bonus game is started and the cascading reels feature activated. Each Blast Bonus symbol explodes in turn, destroying other symbols and causing new ones to drop in.

Every time this happens, any new win lines are calculated and added to the total before the next symbol explodes. This continues for as long as there are Blast Bonus symbols. Additional of these special symbols can appear from the cascading reels.

In my experience, this was the most important part of the game. Where other slots require a series of wins in a row with cascading reels before you get the total payout or slots where only the last result matters, here there is a constant update of the total win. Every time there is an explosion, any new wins are added to the total and they’re all paid out together at the end.

Finally, the bonus game doesn’t feel like an interruption to the base game. It uses the same view and the same symbols. I think both players that enjoy these more modern features and classic players will find it an acceptable way of playing with it!

In Conclusion

Jewel Blast is a slot that struggles to stand out from the ground. I found the graphics to be very nice, especially considering it’s an older slot, but the lack of identity or theme makes it very hard to place into context. Imagine having to describe this slot, it would sound like one of the dozens of other games by many different developers.

Of course, it’s all about the gameplay in the end and that’s solid as far as I’m concerned. The game makes good use of its cascading reels by only enabling them at certain times, which then act as stand-out moments during the gameplay. Its downside is that the regular gameplay looks dull and unrewarding in the meantime.

Players that enjoy a classic slot experience will probably like playing this game for a while before they drift off since it’s not especially good at grabbing attention. Modern players might stick around for its looks and cascading reels feature, but there are many similar slots that do both things much better. Finally, the max. win of 500x your bet is probably not going to entice many players to keep playing.

Overall rating:

3.2

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.22%

    Volatility:Medium

    Max. win:bet x 500

    Min. bet:£0.25

    Max. bet:£100

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    Reels & playlines

    Reels:5

    Rows:3

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:25

    Min. lines:25

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    Colossal symbols

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    Languages

    You can play Jewel Blast in English, Finnish, Swedish, Russian and 4 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, Russian, Danish, Norwegian, Chinese

    Currencies

    Jewel Blast supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

    Stats

    Release date 03/2015
    53rd newest on Quickspin 1,763rd newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.22% 0.37% > average
    49th highest on Quickspin 872nd highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 500 x your bet
    46th highest on Quickspin 1,685th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 25 25% > average
    29th highest on Quickspin 702nd highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.25 per spin
    41st lowest on Quickspin 1,541st lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £100 per spin
    3rd highest on Quickspin 644th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    4th most rated on Quickspin 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:Quickspin

    Release date:03/2015

    RTP (Return to player):96.22%

    Max. win:bet x 500

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 3.2

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