Wed, Jul 10, 7:42pm by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:13pm
Ainsworth are well known for lively, sparkling pokie symbols. With Glitter Gems they have produced a slots game which is full of bling. Many of the symbols are traditional shapes, things like 7’s, which have been associated with gambling machines for many years, are used. When all of them have points of light shooting off – plus lively animations – you have a pokie which truly comes to life.
Stacked wild symbols are the main draw for this game. These appear in both the base game and free spins bonus – getting more common in the feature. There are also two ‘must win’ progressive jackpots. Here are the highlights of the Glitter Gems pokies:
Above the reels of this pokie, you’ll see two progressive jackpots. These are not huge. The biggest one starts at $350 and the smaller one at $20.
What makes these jackpots different is that a second figure appears under each prize. This is a ‘must win by’ amount. For example, the jackpot which starts at $350 must be won before it hits the $400 mark. If you see a Glitter Gems pokie with the jackpot at $399.50c, expect there to be a queue of people waiting to take it for a spin!
What I like best about these jackpots is that they are triggered at random. The prizes don’t interfere with the main functioning of the reels.
Symbols showing a single huge cut diamond are used for the bonus triggers. These spin around when you hit 3+ anywhere on the reels. You’ll find the usual combination of free spins and a scatter prize (up to 50x your bet if you are lucky enough to trigger with 5). You’ll start with 10 free spins and can add 5 each time if you get retriggers.
While some free spins games have new features, new symbols or different sized reels – Glitter Gems keeps things relatively simple. What you will find are a lot more of the logo wild symbols on the reels. These appear on reels 2 through 5 – and come in stacks. That makes it possible to get large parts of the visible reels covered in wilds on any spin. With some big line hits possible, 50 win-lines in play, and stacked wild symbols – this free spins bonus certainly has the potential for big prizes.
Most pokie makers have 20 to 30 win-lines in play if they use the standard 5×3 grid setup. Ainsworth often choose 50 over the same sized set of reels. This not only makes it more difficult to miss a win by having symbols in the wrong places, it boosts the usefulness of those stacked wilds. They can’t make wins of their own in this game, as they don’t appear on reel 1.
Your biggest wins will come from lining up the red 7’s (which are made to look like they are cut from giant rubies). Purple 7’s follow not far behind. Money symbols like diamond studded dollar signs and stacks of gold bars complete the unique symbols. The ‘royals’ (playing card symbols) have not been given a sparkling make over, they are used for smaller wins.
This game uses a two-screen cabinet. The reels take up the bottom section, with those two must-win jackpots and the logo dominating the top. There is only one idea behind this design – sparkles! Ainsworth have really gone to town with creating a lively feel. Just about every symbol dances and spins when involved in a win – while coloured lines shoot through the reels.
Look out for the 7’s. These traditional pokie symbols have been given a complete update. Instead of simple blocks of colour, they are cut from huge gemstones. Lively electronic sound effects complete the lively design.
Gems based games are popular on mobile phones at the moment. Few have the sparkling design of the Glitter Gems pokies from Ainsworth. The combination of stacked wild symbols and high-paying gems makes for an intensive experience. Add to this free spins (with even more stacked wilds) and progressive jackpots that creep ever closer to the ‘must win’ amount, and you have a pokie which is sure to appeal!