This Hot Gems mobile slot is a hot mess of a game: you can see the appeal, but only a few spins will make you realise that it’s not worth the effort.
Playtech studios have created some beautiful slot games in the past. The Age of Gods slot looks like the deities could strike you down in one blow and the likes of the Cherry Love game have a cheeky charming twist.
Hot Gems is meant to be about gold prospecting, with a cowboy, some lanterns and the pickaxe as the high paying symbols. Ironically, the gems are worth a lot less and are most of the wins in the base game.
Of which you get plenty. So why did we give this Hot Gems slot review 2 stars only?
This is an avalanching or tumbling reel slot game. That means that on every win the symbols explode and more appear from above.
Think the IGT Pixies of the Forest slot for example.
However, these collapsing reels leave you a little empty, mostly because nothing much happens afterwards, and the wins are barely 5x your bet at the best of times.
It’s only during the Hot Gems slot free spins (which come around every 50 spins or so) where you start to get a multiplier, making things a little more interesting.
We are probably being too harsh to this Hot Gems video slot. Mostly because if we had played no other avalanching reel game, this might come as being fun and original.
But it isn’t. We can name two off the top of our head; Ticket to the Stars slot has a far larger win potential and the Gemtastic mobile slot from Red Tiger has a more modern, more fun twist on the feature.
Playtech, we love your games, but we know you can do better than this.
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|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 25 Paylines|
|Coins range||0.01 - 1.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.25 / 25|
|Free spins||15 Free Spins / Increasing Multiplier|
|Bonus rounds||Collapsing Reels, Multipliers, Free Games, Wild, Scatters|
Wilds: The lava stone with 'wild' on it is the wild symbol and when on the reels will substitute for any other symbol. It will not substitute for the scatter or the bonus symbol.
Scatters: The Hot Gems slot logo is the scatter and pays wherever it shows up on screen.
Collapsing Reels: Anytime you get a win, those symbols explode and more come tumbling down from above.
Free Games: Get the Free Games Bonus symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 and you'll get 15 free spins.
During any collapsing win, a multiplier will increase by +1, never going higher that x5.
This Hot Gems slot on mobile looks dated and the mechanics haven't fared all that well either.
The problem isn't that there aren't some decent wins here, it's that you can find similar and better gameplay in a million other slots.
Want avalanching reels with multipliers? Gonzo's Quest slot gives those to you in the base game without having to wait for the free spins. Want a good gold prospecting game? The Wild Falls video slot has beautiful animations that blow this one away.
It's ok. It's not bad. It's probably not going to change your casino life dramatically either way.
Hot Gems is a 5x3 reel video slot with 25 paylines, wild symbols, avalanching reels and free games with increasing multipliers.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: February 21, 2019 - Rating