Games Related to Crystal Gems
Do you remember Tetris? In the world of computer games, Tetris looked like something from a bygone age with its very simplistic approach, but its game-play was what made the game so addictive to players and helped it become one of the most popular games in the history of the genre.
This all goes to show that adding levels of complexity to games, or improving the graphics and sound, don't necessarily equate to a 'better' game. Sometimes simple can work very well indeed and that is certainly the case with the 2014-released Crystal Gems slot from Microgaming.
The original game was released back in October 2014, with a mobile-compatible version of the game released in 2015. The game plays nicely however you decide to play and it is based on the theme of the mining of precious stones.
The backdrop of the slot is what appears to be some rocks on a mountain range, with the entrance to the mine at the top right of the screen. It's a rather simplistic design but essentially that is what the Crystal Gems slot is about.
The design of the slot is that it is a 5x3 reel game with 25-paylines in operation on every spin. The paylines are not selectable and so the minimum amount you can spin the reels for is 1p per payline, a total cost of 0.25 per spin. That makes it instantly affordable for even the smaller stakes player. Higher stakes players can increase the wager per payline considerably up to 2.00 per line for a total price of 50.00 per spin.
That means that Crystal Gems mobile slot is a game that is playable by players of all bankroll levels, which is the way we like things.
The symbols are the usual mixture of high and low symbols. The low symbols are the usual playing card lows from 10 through to Ace and these offer players the lowest value returns when landed on a winning payline.
The high symbols are the different types of gems that have been mined from below and there are a number of different gems across the reels including a deep red ruby, a gleaming sapphire and a beautiful topaz. Each of these offers payout of the same value.
Land the green emerald however and you receive a slightly higher payout, while the deep white diamond is the largest high symbol payout offering you the chance to win 400 coins if you land five across a single payline.
The slot also features two other symbols, the in game wild and the scatter.
The Wild symbol is very simply a large purple square with the world Wild emblazoned across it, with one of each of the gemstones dotted around the outside of the word. One of the nice touches of the slot is that the Wild symbol is stacked across the reels and it is therefore possible to land two or even three Wilds stacked on top of each other on a reel on a single spin.
Wilds replace both high and low symbols across the reels to help create winning paylines, or occasionally multiple winning paylines, especially when you can land stacked Wilds, or land multiple wilds across the reels on a single spin.
The scatter symbol is identified as a rather plush looking golden mine cart which is packed to the brim with precious gems. These are the key to opening the Free Spins round of the slot, which is triggered when you land three or more of these symbols across the reels.
Three symbols will see you receive eight free spins, four cards gives you 10 free spins and land all five across the reels and you will earn the maximum 12 free spins. During free spins, the Wild symbol also acts as a multiplier when used to create a winning payline and the more it is used, the more valuable it becomes offering increasing multipliers of 2x, 3x and 4x the usual payline win.
The other nice feature of the Crystal Gems slot is the randomly triggered Mystery Crystal Pick round, which can occur at any time during the game. When this is triggered, three crystals appear on the screen and you simply select one to receive a cash prize.
Crystal Gems is a very simple but enjoyable mobile slot that has ported over well from the web-version of the game. It's easy to follow game-play and regular wins mean that it will be a popular choice for mobile players to play for many years to come.
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