Free Mega Gems Slot
Graphics for this simple 5 reel video slot from BetSoft are stunning. The theme is gems, which has been done many times before – only when BetSoft focus their design skills on this area, you can be sure that the result is a cut above the rest!
This slot feels very similar to another of their titles – Fruit Zen.
The game play and features are essentially the same. This includes multi-directional wins and an expanding wild with respin feature.
Mega Gems also includes a progressive jackpot prize. While this looks totally different from Fruit Zen, both games are relaxing – rather than complex or high intensity.
How to Win on Mega Gems
There are 10 win lines across the 5 reels of this slot. Each win-line works from right to left as well as the traditional left to right. This gives you a lot of extra 3 of a kind wins; and some extra 4 of a kind too. You’ll only be paid once for each 5 of a kind. The best paying symbol is the deep blue sapphire. This is worth 2000 coins for 5, 2000 for just 4 and 500 for 3 of a kind. Next comes the emerald, which is worth 1200 for the full set.
The sequence from here is the purple gem (600 for 5), orange one (500), diamond (400), ruby (250) and yellow gem (also 250). You’ll need a minimum of 3 on a line to trigger a win.
Jackpot symbols are stacked, and only appear on the middle 3 reels. These read ‘jackpot’ over an entire reel. You can trigger the progressive jackpot prize by covering all 3 positions on those middle 3 reels with these stacked symbols.
Wild Respin Feature
Mega Gems only has one feature, which takes place on the reels (no second screen games). There is a group of colored hexagons, which are the wild symbol. When one of these hits, it will expand to cover all 3 positions on the reel – and will often create more wins. This only appears on the middle 3 reels.
After those extra wins are totaled, the wild will stay in place while the remaining reels respin. This will often bring you several more wins (the bi-directional win lines helps with this). The best scenario occurs when you then get another wild. This will expand like the first one, and then you’ll get another respin with both of these held in place. There is a maximum of 3 spins possible (which would be a very profitable situation).
Design and Setup of Mega Gems
Overall this game has a very futuristic look. The frame is made up of a 3 dimensional field of interlocking hexagons and brighter blue dots. There are lights running from the foreground to the back, where they fade away. The reels are transparent, and the gem symbols look stunning. These share the ‘glow’ effect of many gems slots – only for me BetSoft do this better than other slot software houses!
When you win there are animated lights which appear at the sides of the slots and trace the win-lines. If you win big you’ll see further animations (the word ‘nice’ with flashes or ‘Big Win!’ with the wild hexagon dancing around).
In the background a very chilled, almost ‘ambient’ track plays. This is complimented by light beeps and rings when you spin and if wins come in. Everything ties together with both visuals and audio to create a very relaxed slot game.
The setup is unusual in that you can win from both directions, though the basics of this slot are the same as most others. There are 5 reels, 3 rows of symbols on each reel and 10 win lines crossing them. I recommend sticking to the full 10 lines rather than reducing this number. This way you’ll get the best advantage from the wild + respin feature when this occurs. You can choose your coin size from 2c to $1, and play up to 10 coins per line if you wish. As with all BetSoft titles, you’ll find a big ‘bet max’ button to go with the normal ‘spin’ – and also an auto-play option.
I recommend this slot as a relaxing destination after an intensive session on one of the 3D cinematic slots in the BetSoft range. The game play is first class, with a chilled feel to the graphics and the sound. You will not be constantly interrupted by features – with the potentially very profitable wild respins the only major variation. Check out Mega Gems for yourself soon!