The design of Gems & Stones is very simple indeed, there isn’t too many distractions on display – just basic solid design that is designed to add a touch of elegance to your gameplay. The reels of the game are encased in a silver studded frame with your paylines shown to the left and right.
You will find just ten symbols on the reels, these are; card values of 10, J, Q, K and A as well as emeralds, citrine, aquamarine, rubies and a jewellery box. There isn’t the need to spin in 3 of a kind to win like most online slot machines, because 4 of the featured symbols only require 2 of a kind to produce a winning cash prize.
We know, we know. The most important question of all is – how much can I win? Gems & Stones slot game offers players the chance to scoop a 50,000 cash sum, all you need to do is bet high rolling stakes of 100.00 a spin and land a payline full of aquamarines to trigger the non-progressive jackpot.
High value symbols include the ruby and jewellery box as each offers 20,000 for a five of a kind combination. Citrine and emeralds award 7,500 when your active payline is full. All remaining card value symbols offer between 1,000 and 1,500 when five of each fall on any active win line.
There are wilds and scatters in this game, but both are represented by the same symbol – the jewellery box. All symbols on the reels can be replaced by a jewellery box to help create winning paylines, but not only that – the jewellery box can also activate the free spins bonus. Land 3 or more wild/scatter symbols and you will get 10 free spins with an expanding symbol.
At the start of your free spins, one random symbol is chosen and this will become your expanding symbol – this can expand to cover up to 3 entire reels. The symbol will only expand when there is a winning combination possible, so when it does start to move, you know you’re onto a winner. There is a gamble feature too, which is a simple 50/50 card game allowing you to double or bust.
Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Jewellery themed online slots are very popular and just one of those on offer is Lucky Diamonds from Play’N Go. The 3-reel, 2-payline slot is styled on a classic fruit machine with bars, fruits, 7s and diamonds. Bets range from 0.25 to a max of 15.00, but there is a maximum jackpot of 2,500 up for grabs.
Worth the Battle?
One minor drawback to this slot game is how slow the wins get added to your bankroll. When we were playing, whenever we triggered a win, the amount we won would slowly decrease to the top of the reels and get added to the balance – there’s no way to speed this up without pressing spin again and then not knowing how much you’ve won. Aside from the pace, Gems & Stones is a medium to high variance slot machine offering big winning potential.
You won’t find too many features on offer, because Endorphina have designed the slot machine to be simple enough to follow with very rewarding results. Biggest wins fall via the free spins feature, (which is hard to trigger) – thanks to the expanding symbol.