More arcade game than mobile slot, Lucky Gems is a little different, but surprisingly good fun.
Where to start? Part pinball machine, part video slot, this beach front game doesn’t quite fit into any particular category.
And whilst you don’t ‘traditionally’ spin the reels of the Lucky Gems mobile slot (arcade?) game, you do release 12 balls at a time and hope to match enough symbols to get a win.
The more symbols you get, the higher the win, with free ‘balls’ giving your wallet a break from time to time from having to pay to spin.
So… it’s kinda like a slot machine. Broadly speaking…
Think of it as a video slot that decided to run off to Bali and re-invent itself after a bad breakup with traditional mobile phone casinos.
The thing is, any child of the 80s will soon get into the flow of the Lucky Gems slot, smiling as you watch the balls trickle through the board, hoping for each to find their target.
However, hardcore video slots players will soon notice that the wins and action are pretty minimal.
In order to get the top win of 100 times your bet (hardly huge) you need to get 7 out of 12 balls in the same hole.
You can see the problem straight away right? And with no extra bonus features, it can sometimes feels like your playing just for the nostalgia.
This is the Lucky Gems slot version of free spins.
As you spin you’ve got two holes with sunshines on them. You collect what are called multiballs.
At any point, these can trigger releasing a multitude of extra balls during a spin, giving you better odds to reach that 100 times your bet win, and they show up frequently enough that you rarely feel cheated whilst playing Lucky Gems.
Still, theres no hiding from the fact that, at best, you have a one in a thousand chance of getting 150 times your bet – which considering even a low variance NetEnt slot like Stickers at least has 400 times your bet, and there’s more action on the reels.
We have to straight up say that we doubt we will be coming back to this game all that often. Which isn’t to say that we didn’t have fun, just that as a mobile slot player it lacks the punch we need to fall in love with it.
Still, for something totally different, or just to break from the monotony of a samey day, you’ll be surprised by how much fun you can have on this strange little game.
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|Mobile Slot released||June 2015|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / All Ways Pay|
|Min/Max bet||0.10 / 50|
|Bonus rounds||Extra balls and gamble|
Wild Hole: In the middle of the game is a 'wild hole' (our name, not there's) which if you get your ball in there will award you with either:
Multiballs: To the left and the right of the wild hole, there are two with sunshine symbols.
You'll notice there is also a sunshine on the top right hand corner of the Lucky Gems mobile slot. The two are connected, surprisingly.
The Multiball sun starts with a counter of 15. Each time a ball falls in one of the sunshine holes you called a multiball and the counter increases by one.
At any point, the multiball bonus can be triggered, releasing the amount of balls you've collected onto that spin you've had.
The maximum it can trigger at is 50 Multiballs, but usually you'll get them falling at around 20 to 30 balls.
Gamble Feature: After you've won any amount you can choose to 'gamble' your winnings. You go to a different set up, where you send out just one ball, and you've got a 50/50 chance of either doubling / quadrupling your winnings... or losing it all.
You can choose to only gamble half your winnings if you so wish.
The Lucky Gems mobile slot machine seems perfect for Android and iOS casinos as it's that little bit different and, with it's cheerful disposition, perfect for handheld devices.
Yet, with no really big wins in sight, seasoned gamblers will soon move on to any slot machine with the hope of a bigger win. Microgaming's Summertime slot comes to mind.
Still, it's different, and you'll win often enough that you might not care that the top win seems far away. If the traditional slots are frustrating you, then Lucky Gems might be just what you're looking for.
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Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 1, 2018 - Rating