Theme of The Game
Betsoft has created in Giovanni’s Gems a game where the gemstones are the main focus on the reels, along with the character that is looking for them and with various tools that might belong in a mine.
The gemstone theme alone wouldn’t make for a great start, but the slot has a fantasy feel to it as well, mostly through the surrounding graphics and the main character that might as well be a hobbit with red hair. With the trees of a magical forest found at the sides of the screen, the middle is occupied by an unusual 7×7 layout that doesn’t rely on paylines.
The symbols are showing you images of Giovanni, of coals or diamonds, sacks of gemstones, torches, pickaxes, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, amethyst and citrine stones. They’re well enough design, with a rougher look as they’re freshly mined, rather than the standard looking cut gemstones that other slots are using.
The creator of this slot machine is Betsoft, a company that is renowned for its series of 3D mobile slot machines, which usually have entire stories behind them, complete with the right animations.
They usually weave great stories into their games, though it might not be as visible with this particular slot machine. Overall though, it’s one of the top developers around, in terms of quality of the games they release.
How To Play It
The wagers used in Giovanni’s Gems will be using the equivalent of 30 active lines, with 30 to 150 coins chosen for each round of the slot. The last choice you get to make concerns the denomination of the coins, ranging only between $0.01 and $1. You may spend an amount in the range of $0.30 to $150.
To play the game, you will spin the reels, hoping that the 7×7 layout will host matching symbols that are next to each other, at least five of them being grouped in a cluster. These clusters of symbols need to touch horizontally and/or vertically. You need five or more to get a win, and there can be combinations with 25 or more symbols of the same type in them. Symbols that are part of wins explode, so that others may come in and drop in the now empty positions. Wins can continue to form this way, until you get no more new clusters.
In addition to the cluster system, which I’ve explained above and which gives you 49 symbol positions to form combinations on, there are also a couple of other features involved.
An interesting feature in this slot is called Giovanni’s Diamonds, and it involves the coal symbols that you will see appear on the reels.
If these coals are next to wins during the paid spins, they will be turned into Diamonds, and they will reward you for forming a cluster of 1 to 25+ symbols. The game’s biggest prize will come to you this way. These coals appear directly as diamonds if you get them during free spins.
You’re also going to find free spins inside, offering as many as 50 rounds, depending on how many symbols with Giovanni there are visible on the reels.
The best reward is clearly the one that’s coming via the Diamond symbols, with up to $15,000 awarded if you get enough of them.
It’s not as impressive of a game as other Betsoft slot machines, but it’s nonetheless better than the average title in its category.