After more than 10 years of bringing casual gaming fun, it seems that Slingo won’t stop evolving any time soon. The latest Slingo title from Funkitron is Slingo Supreme, and since we’re talking about the sequel to Slingo Deluxe, let’s see just how much this game improved from its predecessor and check out some of its additional features too.
But first, to benefit the uninitiated, let’s talk about basic Slingo rules.
Slingo, as the name suggests, is a game born with the fusion of Slots and Bingo. The objective of the game is to earn as many points as possible by matching card numbers that correspond to the reel numbers every time you spin the reels. You have a total of 20 spins at your disposal to match numbers, make slingos and try to fill out the entire card.
While Slingo Deluxe followed the classic Slingo gameplay religiously, and added a few twists and features of its own – like Mixed Matrices and Patterns – Slingo Supreme takes the game further with additional power-ups, enhanced graphics, sounds and gameplay, and greater challenges aimed to satisfy seasoned fans and newbies alike.
First off, the single most recognizable improvement in Supreme Mode is the number of power-ups you can use in the actual game. There are a total of 16 power-ups, including pattern makers, point multipliers and many more crazy ones that will help you clear tiles. You can choose a maximum of eight power-ups to take on each level, and just like the numbers, these will appear randomly as you turn the reel. Bringing power-ups to a particular level will cost you a specific number of stars too, thus limiting the skills you can harness depending on a power-up’s overall effect.
In fact, I think that the whole objective of Slingo Supreme is for you to unlock power-ups, slots and stars. Certain goals must be met before you can unlock these game enhancements, and each of them is easily viewable with a click of the mouse. For example, to unlock Super Multipliers, you should have the power-up prerequisite Multipliers and reach a high score of 480,000. Coupled with unlocking power-up slots and stars by reaching for more set objectives, or earning in-game trophies for reaching several milestones set by the game, these replaced the preprogrammed string of levels back in Slingo Deluxe and effectively add a greater challenge to the series.
Other things worth noting include the absence of a countdown timer in this installment, otherwise replaced by a Speed Bonus meter that gives you more points when you match successive numbers in the board. You can also choose to cash out before playing through the last 4 paid spins, thus enabling you to keep your hard-earned money or strike a gamble to complete the board through a few more spins. And the best feature of them all is the brand new devil mini-games.
Devil mini-games are five randomly-selected games that will either test your luck or your skill. You choose to wager a quarter, half or all your points before playing with the devil, thus giving you more control over how your points will turn out. I really loved this additional feature in Slingo Supreme because aside from making this sequel more fun, it adds a bit of skill to the series too, instead of just plain luck determining the course of your game.
Much is to be applauded about the game’s overall presentation, too. In terms of graphics, music and overall special effects experienced during the actual action game.
As a matter of fact, you’ll be playing this one as long as you love Slingo because when you find yourself getting tired with the Supreme Mode, you can always revisit Slingos past through the Classic Mode, or play through the infinite Daily Challenge, giving you such good reasons to turn this game on for about five minutes each day just to have a crack at the day’s latest dare.