Even though that old song says that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, we believe that girls would not mind if they found a handful of other beautiful precious stones wrapped up in a cute little package.
Bearing in mind that not all of us gentlemen can afford such an expensive present, NextGen created a brand new slot which offers everyone a possibility to earn a gem or two in Giant Gems.
Gamers will be dazzled with glistening jewels presented in this 2016 release, but despite its posh appearance, you will find that this game is quite affordable for almost every player.
Founded in 1999 in Australia, NextGen quickly became a reputable supplier of online gaming solutions, very popular both with online casinos and their customers. In 2011, NextGen became a part of the NYX Gaming Group and some say that they are now in the same level as Microgaming and NetEnt.
The company has been very active recently, releasing video slots like Wolfpack Pays, King Kong and Robin Hood Prince of Tweets, which are becoming quite attractive among online gamers.
How To Play It
The NextGen title offers five reels with 10 fixed paylines. The difference between this slot and other classic slots is that you need to land a three-of-a-kind combination on adjacent reels without the usual requirement that the combination needs to start from the leftmost or the rightmost reel, but it needs to land on an active payline. Total bet in the base game goes from $0.10 to $20 per spin.
Gameplay is as easy as 1 2 3 and even beginners will have no problem spinning these reels. Autoplay offers up to 100 automatic spins and the possibility to set the loss and the win limit for stopping the feature.
The reels in this extravagant slot are populated with four kinds of different gemstones: the Red gemstone, the Blue gemstone, Green gemstone and Violet gemstone, accompanied by fancy-looking card icons representing low-value symbols.
There are no Wild and Scatter symbols in the game, but NextGen tried to compensate for such a shortage with some interesting additional features.
NextGen did not include any special features such as free spins, bonus rounds, etc., but they did create an interesting side bet option called Fortune Spins just to increase the thrill, especially for high rollers.
This is where things really get interesting, since possible payouts may go through the roof, but gamers can easily lose all of their money.
Five different levels of Fortune Spins can be activated. Basically, playing cards icons will be replaced with corresponding Giant Gems, 3-reel high and 3-reel wide, depending on the chosen Fortune Spins level. Giant Gems will appear in reels 2, 3 and 4.
In Level 1, Purple Giant Gem replaces the 10 symbol, but the initial bet is doubled. In Level 2 10 and J symbols are replaced with Purple and Green Giant Gems, increasing the initial bet by x4.
Level 3 adds a Blue Giant Gem to the group instead of the Q icon, and multiplies the initial bet by x6. Red Giant Gem comes instead of the K symbol in Level 4 for the price of x8 multiplier of the bet and in Level 5 all playing cards icons are removed, adding the Diamond, the final Giant Gem. In order to activate all Giant Gems, the actual bet has to be 10 times bigger than the initial one.
In order to win one of the multipliers offered by Giant Gems, one of them has to be completely visible on the reels. Otherwise, no payout for you.
When talking about the base game, Red gemstone pays the most, since a five-of-a-kind combination will bring you 5,000 coins.
With a bit of luck in Fortune Spins, gamers might earn x500 multiplier of the initial bet if the Diamond is landed, and in this case diamonds are everybody’s best friend.
NextGen spoiled us with some amazing slots in the past, but, honestly, Giant Gems is not one of them. They did an average job in the graphics department and there is nothing special concerning the soundtrack either.
Not all gamers will dare to risk a big amount of money for a possibility to land one of the Giant Gems, and bearing in mind that there are no special features in this slot we are far from impressed.
Truth being told, a decent amount of money can be won in the base game, but all in all, this 2016 release is simply not our cup of tea.