Deep down in the ground chests of golden coins and colourful jewels lay in wait for an intrepid explorer (you) to go and claim them. This quirky game is a wonderful take on earlier icon matching games, and has the range of bonus features to boot. Jewel Race by Golden Hero is a typical offering of theirs, nicely built, fun and fast.
The presentation of this slot is quite different from the usual setup we have come to expect, with the 6 x 6 grid encouraging you to look for three-of-a-kind in any direction across the reels. Do this for a decent reward and a nice bit of pocket money. In the style of many basic video games of the past, the matched symbols fall away, allowing the new ones to populate the spaces they leave as they cascade from above.
The look, sound and feel of the game
Let’s get any comment we might have about the soundtrack out of the way first, because to be brutally honest it’s a bit too basic to be pleasant. On saying that, for some this might even be a plus point, for us we like a decent bit of tunage so it’s not quite up to standard. Visually however, this game really shines, quite literally. Nice vibrant colours really bring the reels alive and makes those gleaming gems stand out even further.
The win multipliers form the base game is quite the gem in itself, it’s always nice to see a well thought through feature added like this. With every new set of icons forming a winning combination, the win multiplier is increased. Starting at 1x and increasing to 2x, 4x, 6x, even up to 8x. When new icons don’t form a winning combination, the multiplier is reset back to the start.
The larger paying symbols here are pronged pink, light blue, green and the red gems. The most valuable of them all is that pronged pink gem, which is giving you 1.25 times your bet for three matching icons, ten times your bet for four matching icons, 30 times your bet for five matching icons and a hefty 250 times your bet for six matching symbols.
Purple, orange, yellow and dark blue gems form the basis of the lower value symbols in the is game. The scatter in this game comes in the form of a round diamond. Get five or more scatters anywhere on the board to trigger the bonus spins. For five scatters you’ll get ten spins, for six scatters 15 spins and for seven scatters you’ll get a lovely 20 free spins.
Win multiplier is always active during these bonus spins rounds. The diamond scatter remains the active element during these rounds, making it possible to retrigger, taking you to a fresh round of 10, 15 or 20 bonus spins. The the wild comes in the form of that multicoloured gem and will substitute for all other jewel symbols, except for the scatter.
Your chances can be boosted by having the mystery stones appear, these take the game up a notch and significantly boost your chances of continuous wins. The quirk with these mystery stones is that you never know if they’ll end up being a non-winner gem or a scatter.
Jewel Race is clearly no typical slot game, but it is interesting and has a range of amazing features, like the progressive win multiplier and those addictive bonus spins. If you’re looking to mix it up a bit and play something different, which is also exciting, you might not have to look much further than this one.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring