About Hot Gems
Graphically Hot Gems is not the best Playtech game we’ve ever seen, relying on the old cartoon style casino charm that’s got the attention of so many slots hounds over the years. We’ve got to say that we’re big fans of this kind of artwork as it does have a warm and gentle kind of feeling that’s appropriate for the fun time you’re after from the reels. The background of the game looks like it’s carved out of pure bedrock and the game’s symbols all have a lustre about them that almost makes you feel like you could be down a mine. This is more about the classic slot atmosphere than an immersive play environment, but do you know what – if it’s entertainment you’re after, then this is a great machine to play. The miner sprite jumps all over the reels and the animations are all fast and spot on.
We’re quietly impressed with the sound effects that feature on Hot Gems. Everything comes with a touch of hill-billy here and there’s plenty of fiddles and finger slapping double bass going on to keep your heartbeat in tune with the action. When you hit that spin button the symbols on the reels drop into place with that lovely tinkling noise that’s just spot on and then you’ve got great explosive effects that underline the cascades. In addition to all of this there’s some rather cool alternative music that plays whenever you interact with the game’s miner sprite. Another quality audio production from the Playtech labs.
Your base-game in Hot Gems uses a fixed twenty five pay-line structure that’s spread over the standard five reel casino set up offering you loads of winning chances. You can adjust your bet level to find the perfect wager, but there is no option to select lines and trim your odds. Specials are the bonus scatter and the wild, which both work in the normal way, but the big draw here is what Playtech call the Collapsing Reels mechanism – known generically as cascades by the casino industry. This is where any winning combination of symbols you hit on the reels pays you out a prize, then disappears completely, leaving gaps on the reels into which the symbols above can drop. Needless to say this allows you to win multiple times off a single spin and really take home the big money.
The bonus game on Hot Gem is rather good. In order to activate it you’ll need to hit three of the special free game scatters anywhere in view on the base-game grid, which will take you on to the second set of reels. Here the game takes on a new fiery look that’s indicative of the action you’re about to receive. As you’d expect, the Collapsing Reels mechanism is still in full effect here, only now you’ll get paid out multipliers for successive cascades al a the Gonzo’s Quest base-game, allowing you to really hit some big wins off single spins.