Gems and Stones Review
There's something in human DNA that attracts us to precious gems. Of course, we know that they're valuable, but it's more than that. It's almost a primal coveting that we can't control. Take my girlfriend for example – she's the single least avaricous, materialistic person I've ever met. She's not overly frugal, but she has no time for expensive clothes or restaurants. It's one of the reasons we're so well suited to each other – I'm broke, and she doesn't care. But I after saved up and proposed with a sparkling diamond ring, her eyes shone brighter than the stone. Initially, I thought it was because she was so ecstatic about marrying me, but she gazes at that stone endlessly nowadays. I could have sworn when I walked in the other day I heard her whispering to it “My precious…”
Tapping into this appeal is Gems And Stones, an Endorphina video slot designed to “bling up” your P.C, mobile device or tablet. There's a classic elegance which is evident right from the start. I could almost feel myself developing a posh accent and had a sudden urge to check on my stock portfolio (the problem being that I don't have one). It's almost staid in its refinement but like an expensive whiskey, is smooth and distinct.
Gems and Stones is a 5 reel and 10 payline slot with a fairly high level of volatility. The wild is a ornate chest which looks so much like the Ark of the Covenant from Raiders that I almost covered my face when it opened. As a wild, it's able to substitute for all standard symbols, but not the scatter, which is a silver gemmed ornament. The standard symbols are naturally a variety of precious gems, together with glistening 10-Ace icons. The controls blend into the color scheme but detract from the game's elegance. Up top is the Credits display, while everything else is found below the reels: Bet, Menu (including Paytable), Total Bet (plus adjustor), Auto and Spin. Enjoy the luxury at a leisurely pace, because there's no Autospin.
After each winning spin in regular play, you're offered a Gamble option in which you can double your profits by selecting a card which is higher than the dealers.
3 or more scatters anywhere activates 10 re-triggerable Free Spins with a randomly selected Special Expanding Symbol. This special symbol can cover 3 positions on a reel.
Like a top of the range car, this slot not only has aesthetically pleasing looks but also purrs under the hood. The glistening jewels are so realistic you'll find yourself wanting to reach into the screen and grab them. (If only it were that easy!) The music didn't appeal to me, although it might in 30 years or so, but the sound effects enhanced the theme nicely.
Gems and Stones is a wealthy person's slot that anyone can play. It's like being let into an elite club for a night. So, enjoy the luxurious gameplay, together with fantastic Free Spins and maybe, with a bit of luck, your bank balance will grow.