There are many items that slots designers use to make their games look attractive. Back in the day it was fruit that ruled the roost. This slot from Novomatic has the look of the classic slots and gives its players some great chances to win lots of coins. You’ll soon discover though that it’s more a case of the best of both worlds with some expanding wilds included.
‘Sparkling Gems’ may have a retro feel to it but modern technology means that the graphics are a lot better than the old pokies used to be able to deliver. The symbols in this slot are fascinating to look at. Yes, we get the many jewels but they are merged with the traditional fruit symbols giving the game a striking look. Using fruit and gems also means that ‘Sparkling Gems’ is very colourful to look at.
‘Sparkling Gems’ is a five-reel game that has three rows of attractive looking symbols and contains 10-win lines that will hopefully live up to their name. Those ten-win lines are a fixed amount but you do need to set a stake for each spin and this is an easy task to do. The control buttons are all underneath the reels so it’s just a question of using the minus and plus buttons to set a stake that you feel comfortable gambling with. The minimum cost of playing a single spin is 0.40 and the maximum 50 so not a bad range.
This game has a blue background and there’s a swirling pattern on it which adds to the impressive look that this slot has whether playing it on your PC or if you play ‘Sparkling Gems’ on mobile devices. Now to the actual symbols and we get cherries, a lemon, a plum and an orange which can win players up to 500 coins if five in a row end up on a win line. Better wins can be earned from the watermelon and bunch of grapes which have a top win of 750 coins. The retro feel continues with the golden bell and the red 7. If you can get five of the red 7s on a win line then that sees you win the best win which is a maximum of 5000 coins.
So, here’s how the Sparkling Gems fit into this game. it’s through the hybrid symbols that are shown on the reels. The watermelon is formed via an emerald and a ruby. The lemon has yellow diamonds, a ruby is perfect for the cherries, an amethyst creates the grapes and as for the plum well that’s a sparkling sapphire, they all look great which is a big bonus.
It’s good when this old-style games include some modern-day features and that’s the case with the ‘Sparkling Gems’ video slot. First up we get a wild symbol which is the white diamond and this can certainly help get punters some good wins. That’s because it has the ability to substitute for other symbols so that can create wins when normally you’d have been one short or boost wins by adding another matching symbol. If you are able to get five of the wild symbols on a win line then that wins you the top prize in this slot which is a maximum of 15,000 coins. The more you stake, the more you can win of course but always think of your playing budget.
When the wild appears in the very centre of the middle reel, it activates the Diamond Glow Feature. When this comes around, any wild symbols that are on the reels expand one position up and one position down. The expanding wild can certainly help produce winning combinations with their substituting ability. This is the only special feature in ‘Sparkling Gems’ as there are no free spins to be won or a gamble feature.
It’s always a good idea to find out as much about a slot game before you play for real money. That way there’s no sudden surprises when you do start playing and wondering what the heck is going on. Try some free ‘Sparkling Gems’ slot machine games to see how everything works when the reels start a spinning. Also make sure you have a good read of the paytable as that has plenty of information about the game rules.
If you become a fan of expanding wilds after playing this slot, test out ‘Double Dragon’ from Bally Technologies which also contains an expanding wild. This dragon themed slot also has a free spins round and a Dragon Wild feature. You can also give a play to the WMS slot ‘Black Knight’ which alongside the expanding wilds also has free spins and sticky wilds too.
Novomatic have plenty of old-style games in their portfolio and this is one of the best. The theme is nothing unique but the way the symbols are designed is a big plus. Adding some modern-day features such as wild symbols and expanding wilds is how this game becomes a winner, so forget the lack of free spins and add this slot to your play list.