Star Jewels Slot from Rival Gaming
While the 5 reel video setup is similar to most other online slots – the game play and feature set of Star Jewels from Rival Gaming is different. There is no traditional free spins game, or break out bonus game – with all of the action happening right in front of you on the reels. Also, there are only 10 win-lines – fewer than the 20 to 50 you get in most recent online slots.
This game uses the gems / jewels graphics which have become popular recently due to the proliferation of mobile phone games. The graphics are certainly impressive. What you’ll be hoping for are the special wild symbols, which come with sticky respins. You’ll also be hoping that those wilds trigger wins over several lines at once.
How to Win on Star Jewels
With no free spins or multipliers, the standard wins become your main focus. Fortunately, there are several with decent payouts, especially when you consider you can spin for only 10 coins. The best is a glowing diamond, which is worth 1000 coins for 5, 300 for 4, 50 for 3 and 2 coins for just 2 from the left. This is followed by both the ruby and the pearl, which clock in at 400 coins for 5 and pay down to 3 of a kind. The sapphire comes next at 300 coins for 5.
Other gems are the remaining original symbols, with a purple one, green one, blue one and orange one in that order. The smaller wins on Star Jewels come via the playing card symbols, which all sit in boxes with a slightly futuristic design.
Expanding Wilds and Sticky Respins
There are wild symbols in play, which simply say ‘wild’ 3 times. These substitute for all of the other symbols to create extra winning combinations. When you get one on reels 1 or 3 and more wins are possible, a bonus sequence kicks in.
First the wild expands to cover all 3 of the rows on that reel – and any wins this creates are calculated. Next you get a respin with that wild still in place, which is a great opportunity to gather some more wins. If you hit the 2nd wild (on whichever of reels 1 or 3 this was not on before) then you get a second spin. You only get one spin if you land both wilds at the same time on the initial spin.
Design and Setup of Star Jewels
The look of this slot is very futuristic. Everything from the angles of the playing card symbols to the space-like view behind the reels gives you a feeling of outer space. There is a chilled out techno type track playing with beeps and drums in the background. This is very relaxed for the most part, then springs into life when you get the expanding wilds and respin part of the game.
When you spin the reels you will see stars (or maybe diamonds) and have a better view of the space scene below. Wins are animated, though there is only so much you can do with gems, so expect them to float around. Sticky wins get a gems fountain, plus energy beams going through the winning combinations.
The setup is a 5 reel by 3 symbols grid. Like all Rival Gaming slots, you will have a lot of flexibility in terms of the number of lines you play, the size of coin you use and the number of coins you spin per line. With sticky wilds being the main feature, and only 10 win-lines to start with, it would be crazy to reduce the number of lines below the default 10 with this game. Instead I recommend you adjust your coin size and the number of coins to find a spin amount to suit your bankroll – auto play is offered as an option.
Despite the lack of features compared to other 5 reel video slots, I found Star Jewels and enjoyable game. The look and game play are both of a high standard, and those expanding wilds come in often enough to stop you losing interest in the game. Multiple wins are possible from a single spin, and that 1000 coin top prize is another plus.