Giant Gems is a five-reel slot with ten fixed paylines offered to us by NextGen Gaming. The main theme of the slot are precious stones and gamers will be blinded with glistening jewels from the 2016 release.
Even though the overall appearance seems rather expensive, gamers will be surprised how affordable this game is, so those who never dreamed of having enough money to buy a gemstone or two, they just might get lucky enough and land one of five Giant Gems on the reels and win some serious cash.
What We Love
The first thing that caught our attention is the bet. Giant Gems slot is available from $0.10, so it is affordable to everybody. The maximum bet of $20 in the base game is also quite nice, and it will not make you look to you balance every now and then.
Next in line are the winning combinations. As in all other slots, at least a three-of-a-kind combination is needed to start winning, and usually it is required that the combination needs to start from the leftmost or the rightmost reel.
In this NextGen title, that is not the case, the combination may appear anywhere, but it only has to land on an active payline. This way the developers gave us a bit more chance to earn money more easily.
Those who like to spice things up will certainly enjoy Fortune Spins feature. For some extra cash gamers can exclude all low paying symbols and replace them with the possibility to land one of five Giant Gems and earn piles of cash, since the Diamond can get you an x500 multiplier on the initial bet.
What We do not Like
Honestly, we expected more from NextGen concerning the graphics and the soundtrack. A monotonous tune goes on and on in the background, and the appearance, although sparkly, simply is not as good as some other NextGen products.
Lack of special features also bothered us. Even though Fortune Spins are offered as a compensation for such a shortage, a bit of free spins or one measly bonus round could have been added just for fun.
Those with thinner wallets will think twice before entering Fortune Spins, because they are pretty expensive and can take as much as ten times more than the initial bet in the base game. Several unsuccessful spins will clear your balance quicker than your girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.
Maybe it’s just because NextGen spoiled us with some top-notch slots in the past, but we are far from impressed with Giant Gems. Lack of free spins and bonus rounds in combination with that monotonous soundtrack makes playtime quite boring after a while.
Fortune Spins can make things interesting, but are not affordable for everybody. High rollers will appreciate this feature, but those with less money on their balance should stay away since they can lose all the earnings in a matter of minutes.