Reel Gems, from Microgaming, is a five-reel non-progressive online slot that is full of shining gemstones. It offers players an astounding 243 ways-to-win, and an extra bit of help thanks to scatter symbols, wilds, multipliers and free spins. There’s also a re-spin feature that allows you to spin on any reel of your choice.
The game’s top jackpot is not to be mocked – standing at a very decent 40,000 coins. The betting range goes from 0.25 up to 125.00, and you can play with ten coins per line, making it a savvy choice of game for mid to high-rollers. During the free spins round, there’s the opportunity to get your hands on as many as 120,000 coins as well.
The theme of the Reel Gems is all about gems, but rather than using high-energy music, Microgaming have opted for some very soothing piano accompaniments, giving a very relaxed feel to this shiny, bright slot. The background is a deep, rich blue colour, which helps the symbols stand out extremely well. The coin, line bet, and spin buttons are also pushed to the foreground thanks to the gold colour of the bottom game panel. And you certainly can’t miss the offer of the re-spins feature that flashes up on all five reels in bright pink after every spin.
The game’s symbols include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and fire opals. As well as the playing cards 9, 10, J, Q, K, and A features. The highest paying of all of these is the diamond - up to 4,000, followed by the Ruby - up to 2,500 and the Emerald - up to 2,000.
The wild symbol is represented by the Reel Gems logo, and it replaces all other symbols except the scatter. The wild only appears on the second and fourth reels.
The scatter symbol is a gold ring entitled “Free Spins”, and three or more of these symbols anywhere on the reels will trigger the free spins round. They also pay out in their right (up to 100 for five-of-a-kind).
Free Spins Round:
Three, four or five scatter symbols awards 15 free spins, during which all wins will triple. This round can also be re-triggered if a further three or more scatters appear on the reels.
For a small fee, you can choose to re-spin any reel you like in the hope of making further winning combinations.
The Reel Gems slot is refreshingly different from many of the movie and TV-themed online slots we’ve seen of late. Microgaming has particularly given the game a nice touch in the form of the re-spins feature. It comes in very handy when you spin what looks like a winning combination, only to find out that one critical symbol is missing. The potential to win a mighty 120,000 coins in the Free Spins round comes as a bonus too.