I hesitate using the word "addicting" when talking about iPhone games anymore, as it's a pretty tired cliché, but I can't think of a better way to describe the new iPhone game Slingo Supreme. I use the term “new” loosely, as Slingo itself has been around since the mid-nineties, but is new to the iPhone platform. Many gamers will probably remember playing Slingo on AOL back when your 28.8k modem was the hotness. I remember the game from back then, but somehow managed never to have played it until this iPhone iteration. The game evolved a lot since the first release from 1995, and Slingo Supreme for iPhone is based on the PC game of the same name from 2008.

There's a lot going on in Slingo Supreme, but I'll do my best to sum it up for those not familiar with the game. In essence, it's exactly what the name implies – a mixture of slots and bingo. Each game starts with a 5 x 5 board of randomly set numbers, with a row of five numbers along the bottom that changes with each “pull” of the lever, like a slot machine. The task is to match each number from the bottom row with one from the corresponding column above it. You're given 20 pulls of the lever to accomplish this task, with the ultimate goal of racking up a high score and completely clearing the board of numbers. This is Slingo at its most basic level, but there are many twists to the formula.

For starters, you can randomly get jokers in the bottom row which allow you to choose any number in the column to clear, or super jokers which let you clear any number on the entire board. Sometimes you'll get a devil in the row which will deduct points from you, unless you get lucky and a cupid appears to block him. This all applies to Classic mode in the game, but there is also Supreme mode. In Supreme mode, you can choose from sixteen different powerups to use, which allow for bonuses such as earning extra spins, score multipliers, mystery chests, and more. Running into a devil is also a bit different, as it allows you to wager a portion of your score in one of several mini-games against him, with the possibility of doubling your entire score should you win.

There are eight slots to place powerups in Supreme mode, and the powerups and slots are initially locked and slowly unlock as you progress in the game. In fact, the unlocking aspect is what really hooks me about Slingo Supreme. It seems like every few games you're earning a new reward of some type, and it really compels you to keep playing. Games can be played fairly quickly, and they strike a great balance between strategic and mindless. Pulling the lever and matching numbers doesn't require a ton of skill, but smart use of powerups and efficient matching can take your scores to astronomical levels.  This video shows gameplay from the PC version of Slingo Supreme, which plays exactly like the iPhone version just with a different screen layout:

In addition to the Classic and Supreme modes, there is a Daily Challenge that tasks you with earning a certain high score using the specific powerups of the day. It's a fun mode as well, but unfortunately Slingo Supreme doesn't feature any kind of online scoring, which is a feature it definitely needs. The developer has stated in our forums that online scores will be coming in an update, but until that time there are four profile save slots so you can have some same device competition with family or friends.

Even without these additions, Slingo Supreme is an engaging affair that's well worth checking out if you're a fan of the series, or even a newbie like myself who just can't seem to put it down.

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  • JCat

    Why couldn't this be universal - I mean $4.99? This is fun stuff too....oh well.. next.

    • Jared Nelson

      Yeah I don't think it's going universal but they are working on a separate iPad version to come out in the next couple of months if you're just looking to play it on the iPad.

    • MissAlexis

      I've personally stopped buying games that aren't Universal. Don't mind paying a little bit extra up front, but really resent being asked to pay twice.

  • JCat

    Why couldn't this be universal - I mean $4.99? This is fun stuff too....oh well.. next.

    • Jared Nelson

      Yeah I don't think it's going universal but they are working on a separate iPad version to come out in the next couple of months if you're just looking to play it on the iPad.

    • MissAlexis

      I've personally stopped buying games that aren't Universal. Don't mind paying a little bit extra up front, but really resent being asked to pay twice.

  • Max

    I played Slingo on the DS and there was literally no skill involved. None. It was luck and nothing more.

  • Max

    I played Slingo on the DS and there was literally no skill involved. None. It was luck and nothing more.

  • Miost

    I've never jumped on the "that's overpriced" bandwagon before but...

  • Miost

    I've never jumped on the "that's overpriced" bandwagon before but...

  • Drag

    Yea really $5 for a daft little slots game? Wow?

  • Drag

    Yea really $5 for a daft little slots game? Wow?

  • alli417

    I have been playing this since it was released. It is addictive. In certain modes, this game does require skill in order to unlock powermode rewards or trophys. Slingo Supreme is the best games. There is also the regular Slingo mode. The gameplay is extensive, and some of the best money I've spent in the app store. Give it a shot and see for yourself.

  • alli417

    I have been playing this since it was released. It is addictive. In certain modes, this game does require skill in order to unlock powermode rewards or trophys. Slingo Supreme is the best games. There is also the regular Slingo mode. The gameplay is extensive, and some of the best money I've spent in the app store. Give it a shot and see for yourself.

  • Pholly

    Just wait until it's free in a month.

  • Pholly

    Just wait until it's free in a month.

  • Eve

    wow, way too addictive! should be classified as an anti-productivity app. totally worth $5

    • Eve

      did it just fall to $3? wish I would have waited a few hours, but it was still $ well spent.

  • Eve

    wow, way too addictive! should be classified as an anti-productivity app. totally worth $5

    • Eve

      did it just fall to $3? wish I would have waited a few hours, but it was still $ well spent.

  • Jpraadt

    You *should* hesitate to use the word "addicting", as it's not really a word! Addictive, perhaps, but not addictive. (I'm a dick.)

    • Jpraadt

      Oop, looks like the ol' iPhone auto-corrected addicting to addictive the second time. See! :P

    • http://www.mindjuice.net/charmed Ken (Mind Juice)

      Actually, it is a word. It's just not an adjective. It's a transitive verb.

    • Jared Nelson

      Well "addicting" is the overused App Store cliché, which is all I was really going for with that sentence.

  • Jpraadt

    You *should* hesitate to use the word "addicting", as it's not really a word! Addictive, perhaps, but not addictive. (I'm a dick.)

    • Jpraadt

      Oop, looks like the ol' iPhone auto-corrected addicting to addictive the second time. See! :P

    • http://www.mindjuice.net/charmed Ken (Mind Juice)

      Actually, it is a word. It's just not an adjective. It's a transitive verb.

    • Jared Nelson

      Well "addicting" is the overused App Store cliché, which is all I was really going for with that sentence.

  • Yrogerg212

    Addicting is not a word. :)

  • Yrogerg212

    Addicting is not a word. :)

  • Marc

    Apparently "This item is being modified..." Looks like it's going to $2.99 already :)

  • Marc

    Apparently "This item is being modified..." Looks like it's going to $2.99 already :)

  • JTR

    My saved game file just got erased out of the blue for no reason. Please fix this nasty bug!!

    • James

      That just happened to me :(

    • Marcus80

      All my progress just got erased in the game too.

  • JTR

    My saved game file just got erased out of the blue for no reason. Please fix this nasty bug!!

    • James

      That just happened to me :(

    • Marcus80

      All my progress just got erased in the game too.

  • Alex.B
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  • Alex.B

    It is in some dictionaries. The autocorrection on this site let me put in addicting
    with no problem. There is a site that tell you when to use addictive over addicting I don't know if they are right but here it is.

  • Alex.B
  • Alex.B

    It is in some dictionaries. The autocorrection on this site let me put in addicting
    with no problem. There is a site that tell you when to use addictive over addicting I don't know if they are right but here it is.

  • Alex.B
  • Jared Nelson

    Can we stop with the grammar patrol and maybe talk about the game?

    Let's just all agree that it's addictiving, mmmkay? ;)

    • farcical

      Agreed, let's stop bashing grammar and get back to bashing how incredibly overpriced this game is for a crummy little flash conversion that's not worth more than "free".

  • Jared Nelson

    Can we stop with the grammar patrol and maybe talk about the game?

    Let's just all agree that it's addictiving, mmmkay? ;)

    • farcical

      Agreed, let's stop bashing grammar and get back to bashing how incredibly overpriced this game is for a crummy little flash conversion that's not worth more than "free".

  • HawkEye

    Having played Slingo on AOL back in the day, I picked it up thinking it would be a good bit of nostalgia to kill time with. The reality is that I ended up not putting it down until my iPhone 4's battery was half gone... Much like Canabalt, I really cannot agree with the people who think this is "just a crummy flash port" not worth spending money on. It really is a fantastic game, and I'm glad to have it on my device.

  • HawkEye

    Having played Slingo on AOL back in the day, I picked it up thinking it would be a good bit of nostalgia to kill time with. The reality is that I ended up not putting it down until my iPhone 4's battery was half gone... Much like Canabalt, I really cannot agree with the people who think this is "just a crummy flash port" not worth spending money on. It really is a fantastic game, and I'm glad to have it on my device.

Slingo Supreme Reviewed by Jared Nelson on . Rating: 4