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|Game Type||Online Slot|
|Reel Type||Spinning Reels|
|Reels||5 reels, 3 lines, non-line-based (without specified winning lines, and featuring 243 winning combinations).|
|Return to Player||96.5%|
|Game features||Wild symbol (joker / wildcard), scatter symbol, respin, free spins with a 3x multiplier|
To be honest, we never really understood the magic behind gem-themed slot machines, but luckily our lack of understanding is not really important in this case. It's one of the most popular slot machine themes in the world.
And so one shouldn’t be surprised to learn that gem-themed slot machines are present in the portfolios of virtually all online slot machine developers. Microgaming is no exception, and today we’ll have a look at one of its representatives in this segment, Reel Gems.
This slot machine is available at multiple online casinos and we wanted to know whether it’s worth a play. And we learned that the fact that it features one of the TOP slot machine themes is far from its only strong points. Indeed, it has a bit of a unique approach that differs from most of today’s slot machine production.
An unconventional road to your prizes
Reel Gems features the usual 5 reels, but you’ll soon see that these are not the same reels you'd expect. It’s a so-called non-line slot machine, offering a total of 243 winning combinations. Of course, here too you’ll spin the reels in order to get any of the winning combinations. At the end of each round, i.e., when the reels stop spinning, you can decide which of the reels you can respin for a specified fee (via the aptly named RESPIN function). This allows you to increase your chance to win or the prize you can get.
The winning combinations are listed in the left-to-right order, as with most slot machines. When more options of winning combinations are located in a (potential) line, the highest always counts. In case of more winning combinations in multiple lines, the value of the winnings is summed up.
The prizes are fairly generous, even for combinations consisting only of basic game symbols. In fact, most combinations are formed only of those, since there actually aren’t that many special symbols here. As is tradition, these are the wild and scatter symbols. Luckily, the bonuses they bring are very useful.
Wild and Scatter symbols, guaranteed bonuses
The wild symbol acts as a wildcard (joker). If you get it on any of the reels, it can replace any missing symbol in a winning line – meaning that it can complete any otherwise incomplete winning combination. However, on this slot machine you will only find wild symbols on reels 2 and 4.
The scatter symbol is significantly more interesting and also more generous. If you manage to get it 3 or more times on your reels, you immediately get up to 15 free spins. In addition, during these free spins all of your winnings get a 3x multiplier. We were also happy to notice that during the free spins you can in fact get additional free spins.
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In the end, we’re left with a dilemma: who is actually the Reel Gems slot machine intended for? It might seem a bit too convoluted for newcomers, while experienced players might find that it lacks a rich variety of bonus games. But we don’t consider that a strict negative. On the contrary. Once we got into the game and understood the possibilities offered by the Respin function, we had a ton of fun with it. And so we can heartily recommend the game to you, too.