An old Microgaming game makes it’s way to our mobile casino screens in the form of the Reel Gems slot.
First released back in 2010 online, this Reel Gems mobile slot hasn’t aged well. Certainly doesn’t compete with the likes of newer games like the Lost Vegas slot, but it still has some fun left in it’s reels.
With 5 reels and 243 ways to win, it gives you plenty of base game wins thanks (in part) to the low variance nature of this machine.
High paying shiny gems are mixed in with the very familiar Microgaming slot style A – 9 symbols, however, it’s the special re-spin feature and free spins that provide most of the action if you have the budget to bet more.
One feature that stands out from the moment you look at the reels is the respin reel feature, which is identified on each reel by the pink respin button.
This gives you the option, after any spin, to re-spin any of the reels – but how much it cost depends on how likely you are to get a win (ie. re-spinning the fifth reel to get a 5 of a kind win will cost more than re-spinning the 3rd reel to get a 3 of a kind win.)
But it’s all is clearly indicated, and if you know your paytable, can be profitable. But is it that useful you ask? Well, we found fairly handy to use when two free spins symbols showed up.
Our strategy was to keep spinning one or more reels until another free spins symbols shows up and hey presto you enter the free spins in around another 10 – 15 spins or so.
Yes it can cost a little, and we certainly wouldn’t advice to do it more than about 8 times, but with the free spins offering 3x multipliers and 15 free spins there’s a good chance you can, at minimum, get your money back.
It’s good tactic, which works better here than in the Bikini Party slot, due to the fact that this is a lower variance machine, and the free spins are easier to trigger.
Enter the free spins bonus round and you’ll get 15 free spins with 3x multiplier on all wins.
This helps rack up some pretty rewarding 60x – 90x your bet wins, but on average expect more around the 20x – 40x your bet mark.
All thanks to a mix of multipliers and 243 ways to win reels which pay on adjacent symbols left to right, much like in their Gung Pow online slot.
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|Mobile Slot released||April 2017 (on mobile)|
|Slot type||Classic Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 243 Paylines|
|House edge / RTP||4% - 3% / 96%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.50|
|Min/Max bet||0.25 / 125.00|
|Free spins||15 Free Spins / 3x Multipliers|
|Bonus rounds||ReSpin Reels|
Wilds: The Reel Gems slot logo is wild and substitutes for all other symbols except the free spins symbol.
Respin Reels Feature: After any spin you can, for an additional price, re-spin one or more of the five reels in order to try and get a winning combination. When used wisely it can create some decent wins or help trigger the free spins.
Free Spins: Find 3 or more of the free spins bonus symbol across the five reels and you'll get 15 free spins where all wins are multiplied by 3.
Microgaming have a lots of 243 ways to win games in their slots range, and this Reel Gems slot on mobile might not look like anything special, but is still a good addition.
Mostly because, unlike Bikini Party or the Dragon Dance slot game, the wins here come more frequently, meaning you can be a little more liberal with re-spinning those reels.
Because it's that respin feature which offers the real potential; and give those who like to try and take control of their spins more freedom of game play.
The graphics won't win any design awards, but it provides plenty of low variance action for those looking for a few quick thrills.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: March 25, 2021 - Rating