From the time casino slots were introduced, the fruits have been one of the most popular themes. Casinos based on gems, jewels, and glittering stones come a close second. The well-known game developer Ainsworth continues that tradition. They have brought out their latest offering Glitter Gems. This is a typically flashy and colorful offering from Ainsworth. It has five reels, three rows, and 30 paylines. Our review team was divided on the look and feel of Glitter Gems. Some felt that the game had a rich and luxurious look. Others felt that it was too blingy and bordered on crass. The jury is still out on that one, but there is hardly any dispute regarding the returns from the game.
Glitter Gems – RTP and Maximum Win
The game is developed recently but the theme is age-old. So don’t expect too many creative features. Most of the characteristics of the game are traditional. You can begin playing at 30p per spin. The returns are pretty straightforward in the traditional structure. Also, beneath the rather flashy surface, the returns and extra rounds might not sound too attractive to a regular player. If you are a new or occasional player, though, you will love the game. The RTP (average returns that a player can expect) rate for this game is 94.25%. You would be wrong in thinking that this is an impressive number. Any House advantage more than 5% is not great news for a player. To be fair to the game, though, there are enough multipliers and free spins to keep you interested. For example, all Wild wins get doubled. Oh, what’s a Wild? We hear you ask. Let us look at all the symbols of this game.
Glitter Gems Symbols
Like we said earlier, you would be almost able to guess the symbols from the name of the game. Although old school, the symbols do have a flashy and psychedelic look. This was so much in vogue in the 70s, so this game is kind of nostalgic as well.
Let us begin by taking a look at the base symbols of Glitter Gems:
- Card Symbols – Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten, and 9 (low value)
- Red-colored 7s (high value)
- Purple-colored 7s (high value)
- Dollar signs encrusted with jewels (high value)
- Egg-shaped jewels (high value)
- Jewel encrusted dice (high value)
Apart from these standard symbols, there are two special symbols in Glitter Gems. They are referred to as the Wild and the Scatter. They have special qualities and usually act as a trigger for better things. In Glitter Gems, a symbol showing the logo of the game acts as the Wild symbol. It would appear only on the third, fourth, and fifth reels. You can use the Wild to take the place of any other symbol if it helps you score a perfect combination on any payline. This is not applicable only for the other special symbol, the Scatter.
An attractive image of shimmering blue diamond acts like the Scatter for the Glitter Gems game. As we said earlier, the Scatter triggers the Free Games feature. Additionally, it brings handsome returns –
- 3 Scatters in a line – Payout of 2x your stake
- 4 Scatters in a line – Payout of 10x your stake
- 5 Scatters in a line – Payout of 100x your stake
Glitter Gems Bonus
The free spins feature is the biggest extra bonus you can expect. As we said, the big blue diamond Scatter symbol triggers the free spins. You need to land at least 3 Scatters to trigger your free spins. As soon as this happens, you are first awarded 8 free spins. As the free round continues, you stand to win additional free spins. If you can get 3 more Scatters during this point, you would win 5 more free spins.
In addition to the Big Blue Scatter, the lucky 7s also have some goodies in store for you. When you get the additional free spins with three more Scatters, as detailed above, the Wild appears on all the reels. When this happens, the red and purple 7s pay out a mixed combo. Hit 5 of them on a payline and you can get 25x your bet amount. Over and above this, all your wins come with a 2x multiplier. Keep counting your wins, and rake in the moolah at the end of the round.
Don’t play this game with an expectation of multiple layers of bonus rounds or an evolved storyboard. Glitter Gems is a plain vanilla old-school slot game. The free spins and related multipliers are the only thrills you would get. Returns, as we mentioned above, are average at best. But the color and zing on the screen and the hefty returns during the bonus round are definite pluses. If you are an occasional player, this is a great game to get your hands set.