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GameArt's Royal Gems has five reels and ten paylines, and unlike most other slots the paylines are not adjustable, and the theme is jewellery, especially gems.
As any long-term player will know, gems are a prevalent theme in the world of video slot games, starting with the popular machines and continuing into modern releases like this one. Here, the graphics have been thoroughly modernised to give the gems a shiny, genuine appearance with a striking combination of a blue and yellow backdrop sets the visuals off superbly.
Symbols in Royal Gems
The gems come in a variety of shapes and colours, from pear-shaped to heart-shaped and more traditional rose cut stones. The Scatter symbol is represented by a five-pointed star-shaped diamond. Adding the royal element to the game is a crown symbol and a golden lucky Seven that also adds to that retro slot machine feel.
Gameplay in Royal Gems
The audios are in the style of a traditional video slot exempt with any music, only the familiar sounds one expects to hear when the reels stop. Royal Gems is a very eye-catching, well-crafted video slot game that immediately players will love playing. Whilst the format of the game is undoubtedly no-frills and feature lacking, it’s a visually appealing game with high-quality graphics and can easily be enjoyed for a minimal spend.
Although Royal Gems has five reels and only ten paylines, the maximum bet stakes are a little on the low side. Meaning the top bet that players can stake is a paltry 5, and thus the top prize if players manage to land five-matching symbols is 2,500 coins. Royal Gems then, will not entice many high-rolling players, more retro casino slot enthusiasts and novice players.
The Scatter in Royal Gems gives merely the advantage of forming winning combinations wherever it lands on the reels. There are no free spins bonus rounds that can be triggered or bonus games in Royal Gems, only the traditional spinning reels. The icons here that land must also be adjacent to each other to unlock their prizes.
For example, the crown icon could appear on the first, second and third reels and will instantly pay out a win. However, should the crown symbols land on the second, third or fifth reels players will be empty-handed and not win anything at all. This is a notable feature of lower-paying games - wins are infrequent.
Royal Gems appeals to anyone who likes traditional, retro, uncomplicated gameplay. The game's visuals and graphics will probably appeal to more female players as the gems themselves take on quite a feminine feel, as opposed to the more usual pirate and fruit themes that male players tend to favour.
The one concern in Royal Gems is that the low number of paylines available to players becomes almost monotonous and tedious when attempting to rack up some wins. Because of the small number of paylines, player wins will be few and far between. For experienced players, this will be an inevitably turn off, and they will seek more entertaining gameplay elsewhere.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring