Playtech’s Hot Gems is a slot focused on mining and on the gems that the main character from the game manages to dig out. There are a lot of them, as you will notice from the intro movie, where a river of gems takes the miner and transports him through the mine until they reach the exit. The game’s design, though not terribly complicated, manages to be quite a bit of fun and appropriate for the theme. A wild symbol, a scatter, free games and the multiplier of the collapsing reels feature, these are all contributing to the game.
Graphics & Theme
The game uses a theme that mixes mining with various types of gems, so symbols of both types will appear here. The drawing style is cartoon like, which extends to the gems as well, so they don’t look like they’ve been computer generated, the way it usually happens with this type of symbol. There are about six types of gems, of different shapes and colors, but the better paying symbols are the ones that have the miner, work lamps, pickaxe and the mining cart. The overall feeling is a pleasant one, with symbols being all of the same type of design and with the surrounding imagery being that of the mine (rock walls on both sides, rock floors and wooden beams supporting the ceiling.
The collapsing reels feature is quite interesting and I’m glad to see that more games use it every year. Whenever a winning combo is formed, the symbols that make it up will explode, so that empty spaces are created. The symbols that are above them will fall into the new empty spots, with new combinations being formed along the way. This can keep happening until there are no more winning combos being formed.
The wild is a symbol that can only appear on three reels, the ones from 2 to 4. It’s the regular kind of wild, without payouts or multipliers, which can substitute for regular symbols and can’t do anything about the other special features.
The Free Games symbol does pretty much what you expect it to do, offering 15 free games with a collapsing reels multiplier, as long as the player gets three of them on reels 1, 3 and 5.
Finally, we have the Hot Gems logo in the role of a scatter, its goal being to give the player prizes. A minimum of two scatters are needed for the smallest payout of 1x the bet, the prize going up to 100x the bet for five scatters.
It’s one of the better made Playtech slots, which manages to make the rough design look playful and fun, not that easy to accomplish. Overall, make sure you try this slot, it has both a nice design and a set of features that could prove profitable.
|Special Features||Wild, scatters, free spins, multipliers|
|Bet per line||$0.01 – $5.00|
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