Jewel Action Slot from Novomatic
While this game might not compete directly with Da Vinci Diamonds from IGT, there are a lot of interesting quirks and features in this Novomatic title. Jewel Action uses a 3×3 grid, and mostly brightly colored gems as symbols.
There are 10 win lines, which go vertically as well as across the reels. Your biggest wins will come from small streaks, which are made possible by the cascading symbols system. In addition, there is also a mystery bonus, which changes on each spin – and a feature round called ‘gem streak’.
How to Win on Jewel Action
Only the king symbol has a big win of its own. This is worth 500 coins if you are lucky enough to fill the entire 3×3 grid – and 50 coins for 3 on a win line. In general, the individual wins are small, though you will find that your winning streaks can be long. Whenever you hit a one or more lines of 3 symbols, your win is totaled and then the gems explode – turning into colored dust. The remaining gems then fall down to fill up any holes, with new ones appearing from the top. There are often runs of 5+ wins from this. These are helped by a special symbol in the form of a jesters’ hat. When this appears, all of the gems explode, allowing for a brand new set to fall. It does seem to come in just as you are running out of winning combinations to extend your winning streak.
The queen symbol is the next best paying, with diamonds rubies and emeralds coming next. There are wild symbols in play. These look like picture frames with the word ‘wild’ emblazoned across in pink. This symbols substitutes for everything except for the jesters’ hat and bonus symbol (key).
Mystery Bonus and Gem Streak Feature
If you hit 3 treasure chest scatter symbols anywhere on the reels, you will trigger the unique mystery bonus. This can be seen to the right of the reels. Each time you hit the spin button, the amount of this bonus will quickly start moving and stop at a random amount.
Beneath this on the right is a grid of keys, these trigger the ‘gem streak’ feature when you hit 3 or more anywhere on the main reals. This bonus is worth hitting, as you get a run of spins with the entire 3×3 grid covered in the same gems. This gives you 10x wins, with all of them exploding and replaced by 9 more (hopefully identical) symbols. Instead of a set number of ‘spins’, this feature continues until you get no more wins.
Design and Setup of Jewel Action
The setting for this game is a picture frame, which has small gems around the edges marking the win lines. There is a velvet curtain in the background, and a brightly colored logo on top. You will see the mystery bonus and grid of keys to the right of the reels – which in turn get pushed over to the left. Symbols are bright, though not to the extent of other similar games. The king, queen, chest and key symbols are detailed and nicely drawn – the king and queen in particular show some character.
There is a tinkling sound when you spin, with the sound effects in general being electronic and somewhat understated. Explosions of the symbols are the main animation, this is nicely done – particularly when you hit the jesters hat and have the entire grid explode at the same time. There is an effective swirling animation at the start of the gem streak bonus game too.
Jewel Action offers a lot of configuration options, you can choose your stake per line from just 1c and up, and also adjust the number of lines or switch on the auto play. When you hit several wins, this game can be slow to cycle through them – if you hit the spin button again this will speed up nicely. Unusually for a Novomatic game, there is no gamble after win offered.
On first view this looks like a very simple game. When you start to spin you will find that there are a number of interesting features in addition to a very solid base game. Cascading wins can result in good streaks of payouts – with the jesters’ hat often appearing just in time to keep the wins coming. The mystery wins are my favorite addition – this often shows some generous prizes. Finally, the gem streak will fill up the grid with the same gems if you are lucky enough to hit 3+ keys. If you enjoy the gems type slots, then I recommend taking this one for a spin!