Played on a 5×4 grid, Magic Gems Slot from Leander with First Look Games takes a fantasy and fairies theme; it’s set in an enchanted forest where you’ll see treehouses and toadstools in bright colours.
There are 40 Paylines here, while the general vibe is relaxed and chilled-out, with reels set within tress and hanging vines in keeping with the theme. Even the soundtrack on this January 2018 release (updated during 2020) is suitably soothing.
How to play
The betting range in Magic Gems Slot is 0.40 to 400, so it’s pretty broad. The standard playing card icons A to 9 join a hat-trick of gemstones on the reels, including a green emerald, sparkly diamond and blood-red ruby. Of these, the diamond is the most lucrative, yielding up to 500x stake for five in a row. After that, the emerald is next in line in terms of value, followed by the ruby.
Place your bets in the usual way, setting up Autoplay if you wish.
One key thing to bear in mind is the game’s ‘Exploding Chains’ mechanic (essentially a tumbling reels feature), in which contributing symbols disappear after every win and are replaced by fresh ones, increasing your chances of winning.
These chain reactions keep occurring for as long as the winning combinations keep coming. And a fluttery fairy claps her hands to offer a charming accompaniment to the ‘explosions’ when they occur.
The fairy (apparently going by the name of Felicity) is your Wild symbol in Magic Gems Slot, replacing all other emblems in the usual way, bar the bonus icon. That’s the treasure chest symbol or Scatter, which shows up on Reels 1 to 3 of this game.
When the treasure chest rocks up on Reels 1, 2 and 3 at the same time, this bonus round kicks in, which means you get 10 free goes. The Exploding Chains mechanic mentioned above also applies here, so that can draw out the games in this round quite significantly.
As ever, this round is where you’ll find most of the big wins. What’s more, Wilds can be sticky in this feature, as long as you are still landing winning combos.
While you won’t find a progressive prize here, maximum win is 500x stake.
Return to Player (RTP)
The RTP may not be the highest you’ll find anywhere, but it’s still perfectly OK at 95.32%. You’ll find variance sits somewhere in the middle of the scale.
Magic Gems Slot is an attractive-looking game, with quite a lot happening on the reels. It’s true, however, that enchanted woodlands, fairies and even (whisper it low) tumbling reels have all been done before in slot games. What’s more, there’s nothing too dramatically different about any of the game’s features, which one reviewer has described it as ‘pretty standard fare’.
Nonetheless, it could be good if you fancy a game that’s relaxed and undemanding. And you’ll like it if you enjoy magical or fantasy themes; equally, this game is certainly not without a certain charm. Let us know what you thought.