There is always something special when you see a video pokie game which has precious stones for symbols. The luxury and glamour always finds a way to attract you into spinning the reels hoping to win big.
Giant Gems has a wealthy look, with decent animations and a hip background music. The overall game design is unique and interesting so you can play long sessions without getting bored.
This game is designed by NextGen Gaming. This software provider launched a big number of video pokie games lately and many of them have unusual design and features.
It looks like NextGen is testing various designs for their new pokies and is hoping that at least one will attract more new players to spin the reels. With such a fierce competition in the online gambling industry today this comes as no surprise and we hope they will have a big success.
How to Play
When you see this game for the first time you will notice that it has only 10 active pay lines available. This design may seem simple but there is much more than meets the eye. The minimum bet is set at only $0.10 per spin while the maximum can go as high as $200 per spin.
The first special feature in the game is the symbols payout on an active pay line. In most other video pokie games the symbols pay from left to right, right to left or both. Giant Gems is probably the first game where the symbols pay as long as there are 3 or more next to each other on a winning pay line.
This means that you will have a win even if the winning combination starts on the second third or fourth reel. This is a really interesting concept and is a great novelty in the payout design. The second special feature in the game is the Fortunate Spins Feature. This may sound like a bonus feature but it’s not. Here you have 5 levels in total which are represented by a card symbol ( A,K,J,Q and 10 ) and a corresponding jewel symbol.
Each activated level adds extra coins to your total bet, up to $1 per spin and in return removes the low paying card symbols. They are replaced by higher paying jewels so with the last level activated all symbols on the reels are only precious stones. Each activated level also activates the Giant Gems Feature.
Here one gem symbol can land to cover the full 3 central reels and awards coin prizes. The prizes depend on the kind of gem that lands on the central reels according to the activated level and can award prizes from 10 to 50 x bet.
For a game that doesn’t have a classic bonus round or any high paying special features, we were surprised by the maximum payout possible in one spin.
It is set at 500 x total bet or 5,000 coins if you manage to land 5 ruby symbols on an active pay line. This is a pretty decent payout value and should be easier to get then some other massive amounts.
We like the fact that NextGen is experimenting with new designs for their video pokie games. Creativity is always valued in this industry even if the new game doesn’t have any big payout potential. NextGen at least managed to create an interesting and unique video pokie game without paying much attention to the overall payout potential.
This is a low to mid variance game, with decent visual and sound effects, but still with a poor pay table. The Fortunate Spins Feature looks really interesting and offers some excitement to the overall game play. Still the payouts from the Giant Gems Symbols offer only small to medium payouts up to 50 x bet.
This isn’t quite enough to make you spin the reels for a long time chasing for some great win. The biggest win of 500 x bet can happen with 5 ruby symbols on a pay line, but that seems like an impossible win here.
We wouldn’t recommend this pokie to try and place big bets chasing for the ultimate payout, but it can still offer some excitement. The Giant Gems land often and base play winnings are small to medium. If the game is in a paying mood you can increase your balance slowly, but don’t expect any great leaps on your bankroll.