Jackpot Jewels Slots Machine
Barcrest has decades of live slot experience to draw on, and put this to great use by coming up with a long list of titles which have crossed from live casinos to the online world. Jackpot Jewels must have caused a stir when it first appeared in the live setting. This slot has a non-standard setup of 7 reels and 4 rows of symbols. You cannot miss the theme – jewels and gems sparkle at you from the reels. Stacked symbols and 50 win lines mean that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to land the top prize of a cool 12,500 coins in this game.
There is a unique twist to how you win in this slot. Usually, wins need to start on the left hand reel to count. On Jackpot Jewels, the ‘gems game’ type system from mobile games is used instead. This means that any consecutive run of 3 symbols on a line will trigger a win – regardless of where this starts. With so many more ways to win than normal, your bankroll will go a long way with this game – with some luck this will be long enough to hit one of the feature rounds.
Playing Barcrest’s Jackpot Jewels
You can either spin as a regular player, or as a high-roller. First of all you need to choose whether to play 50 lines, or switch to 25. The minimum spin is $1 whichever you choose. If you are willing to bet $4 a spin, you can click the high-roller button instead. The difference is that any wilds you hit during those 5 spins stay in place until your spins are completed. This can lead to more wins, though if you only get one or two it might make little difference on any particular set of 5 spins.
There are some big prizes from regular play, though most of the pay-outs are small. You will hit these frequently thanks to not needing to start in the left hand column – a factor which also means that the wilds are very useful. Unusually, the top prize is for 7 of a kind of any symbol type. The wins are actually a little smaller for the high-roller spin version (to balance the fact that you can sometimes end up with several sticky wilds for the last couple of spins).
Bonus Games in Jackpot Jewels
Hitting 3 scatter symbols (a jewelled broach) will trigger 10 free spins. This is always welcome, though there is nothing extra going on when compared to the main game. You will see the reels start to spin very quickly to get through this bonus and back to the main game fast. It is possible to extend this bonus game, to do this you’ll need to hit 3 or more of the broaches while in the free spins round. Your total win is displayed when you finish and you are back to the main game in an instant!
There is nothing different in the free spins bonus game for high-roller spins compared to regular ones (though the bigger spin amount could mean a welcome windfall).
Summary of Jackpot Jewels
The gems and jewels slot genre is becoming crowded, with most slot software houses making one or more of these games. I am a little sceptical as to whether Jackpot Jewels has what it takes to stand out in this crowded niche. The solid Barcrest game-play does go a long way to making this a good choice – however there is only a single free spins round to keep you engaged for the long term. The win from any position and high-roller (sticky wilds) options are nice additions too. This slot is certainly worth a spin, you’ll quickly see what made this and many other simple Barcrest titles popular in the live setting. While this slot is unlikely to become anyone’s favourite game, it is certainly worth checking out, especially if you already enjoy slots in the gems genre.