Giant Gems is a five-reel video slot from NextGen Gaming loaded with precious stones. It is played at 10 fixed paylines which pay left to right, right to left and when winning symbols appear on the central reels, which is quite innovative.
Featuring four different gems standing for high value symbols, the game returns high payouts, but its highlight are the side bets letting you eliminate all low paying symbols from the reels.
With a wide betting range even when additional bets are included, the game may please all players ready to pay at least $1 per spin. Just as in other slot machines from NextGen Gaming, the game features not very elaborate visuals but its other features including an relaxing soundtrack compensate for the lack of them.
What We Love
We simply love the idea of excluding low paying symbols from the reels and it is worth paying an additional cost for such a favour. Once you activate all the side bets, your reels will be covered entirely by rubies, sapphires, emeralds and amethysts which may also appear in stacks filling all the positions on three central reels.
This offer includes the giant topaz gem symbol which awards 500 coins. Another convenient aspect of the game are its high payouts delivered by top paying symbols.
For instance, five rubies deliver 5,000 coins which is a great sum to fight for. You can also benefit from all the ways the game pays as you may also hit a win when your winning line does not start from the leftmost or the rightmost reel.
What We Do Not Like
The game basically offers only 10 fixed winning lines, which means that you can see five matching symbols on your reels but they will not deliver a prize. Besides, we have a problem with the fact that game practically does not offer bonus features except for Giant Gems, but you have to pay for seeing them on your reels.
As for the Giant Gems, they pay only when you see them covering fully the reels 2, 3 and 4, so no matter how many of them you land on the reels partially, you will not get paid. To make a long story short, expect no Wilds or Scatters and get ready to pay an additional price for extra features. The visuals are traditionally mediocre as in the majority of titles from NextGen Gaming.
You may get annoyed by the Giant Gems slot machine, but you may also be delighted to see that your balance increases due to all the options the game offers.
Since the game provides only 10 winning lines, it is affordable in its basic version at just $0.10 and if you want to bet up and oust all low paying symbols and let only low value symbols cover your reels, you have to pay at least $1 per spin.
Basically, the game targets high rollers who enjoy a genuine casino experience and to whom the game aesthetics is not the most important aspect of a slot machine. You can, therefore, give it a try if you consider yourself one of them.