BeJeweled Cascades Slots Machine
This quality slot from Blueprint Gaming combines the gem type mobile phone games with slots action – and then adds some interesting ‘quest’ type bonuses on top. Compared to many games involving gems, Bejeweled Cascades has more interest and more action – you’ll also have the chance of some big wins.
Players familiar with gems games will find the layout and action familiar. There are simple, large, sparking jewels which explode causing them to cascade into wins. This allows more jewels to fall into the gaps (with brand new ones appearing at the top). Sometimes this will create new wins – occasionally leading to a cascade of payouts. When you combine this feature with the butterfly cascades feature bonus, those wins can start to add up pretty quickly.
Playing BeJeweled Cascades
The clue is in the name for the main way you will win on this slot – ‘cascades’. This is the name for the win / explode / win again cycle which can happen sometimes. With the top win (for the black box with hints of color on each side) a generous 1500 times your bet for 5, you can potentially get a lot of cash from a single sequence. Normally the wins for 3 of a kind for a certain color of gem are much smaller, though they can start to add up once you get a few cascades going. This is helped by having a wild symbol in play. This substitutes for any of the gems to create wins, though it does not substitute for the quest bonus symbols.
When you line up 3 of those quest symbols, things start to get a lot more interesting. The first thing you will see is a swirl of golden stars, followed by 3 big stars in the center of the screen. You pick one of these each time the bonus triggers. This awards one of 3 bonuses, an instant cash win, the butterfly cascades or the hidden treasure bonus.
My favorite of these was the butterfly cascades. This sees you return to the reels, with 5 butterflies above them – each with a multiplier from 1x through to 5x. You start with 10 spins for free. The difference is that each cascade increases your multiplier by 1. If you are lucky enough to have 4 wins, the 5th (and any more) will be at 5x the amount listed on the pay table. In addition there is an alien looking flower symbol which appears on the reels. If you hit 3 of these anywhere in view, they will say ‘pick me’. You click on one of them to reveal a number of extra butterfly cascades. This extended one run 3 different times for me.
The treasure hunt bonus is fast and a little confusing the first time. You are taken to a new screen and see a longer grid of symbols, which is much more like the gems games you get on smartphone games. This fills up with gems, which explode when there are 5 or more aligned in any direction. Sometimes, enough will explode to reveal items of treasure (a sword, shield and so on). Collecting 3 pieces of treasure will get you an extra bonus, while the regular cascade of wins will keep going until there are no more winning combinations available. This is a fast-paced bonus game compared to the butterfly wilds.
Finally, the 3rd quest bonus is an instant cash win. While this might well be just as large as wins from the 2 other bonuses – it does lack the game-play element!
How Bejeweled Cascades Works
There are 25 win lines on this slot, based on a 5 reel times 3 symbols each grid. You will not have the opportunity to lower the number of win lines. For me this would not make much sense with the cascade feature in play. Instead you can toggle the overall bet amount in a very wide range. 20c is the smallest spin, with $200 spins available for the super-high rollers out there.
The design is professional, though nothing spectacular. The reels are surrounded by a purple-sky landscape – giving an exotic feel. Reels are semi-transparent, so you’ll see strange pieces of landscape when you spin. Symbols seem to fall into the reels more than spinning, and are mostly brightly colored gems. There are lines appearing to show you your winning combinations, which are not always obvious when you first see the results. The animations between the main game and bonus rounds are much better – showing that Blueprint Gaming are capable of creating attractive as well as engaging slots.
Overall Experience with Bejeweled Cascades
Combining gems games with gambling has been done many times already. If you are a fan of this genre then Bejeweled Cascades certainly has some factors in its favor. While the main game is largely uneventful, the quest bonuses can add some interest and hopefully a generous amount of coins too. If you like the BeJeweled theme of slots, why not try Playtech’s version here!