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Released October 2020
The Gems Bonanza slot game can be found at casinos offering Pragmatic Play software. Pragmatic Play should now be considered an established software provider, with a fairly prolific output. As a standard Pragmatic Play do publish the RTP/House Edge information for their slots games within their game help file. For a provider that are not currently licensed within the UK market and therefore are under no obligation to publish these figures this is a significantly progressive move. The House Edge for Gems Bonanza is 3.5%.
Gems Bonanza has 8 reels and each reel has 8 symbol spaces in it. Instead of paylines you form wins when you land 5 or more matching symbols that are connected horizontally or vertically.
Theme – This slot has an ancient South American look to it, but the predomentant focus is on the gems that can be unearthed there.
Wild – The Wild is the “Gold and Emerald”. It will substitute for all symbols but can only land as part of either the Pink or the Green Dot features.
Tumbles – All symbols that form a winning combination will disappear from the reels, with remaining symbols dropping down into their place and new symbols falling in to fill empty spaces. This process continues as long as you keep forming wins.
Spin Features – On the reels there are coloured dots. If you form a win on top of the dots then you will trigger the relevant feature.
Blue Dot – After all tumbles from the triggering spin have finished all symbols will be replaced on the reels for an extra spin.
Pink Dot – After all tumbles from the triggering spin have finished a random symbol will be chosen all instances of it will turn Wild, giving you an extra chance to win.
Brown Dot – After all tumbles from the triggering spin have finished a random symbol will turn into giant 2x2 sized symbols and will be placed around the reels.
Red Dot – After all tumbles from the triggering spin have finished a random symbol will turn into giant 3x3, 4x4 or 5x5 sized symbols and will be placed around the reels.
Green Dot – After all tumbles from the triggering spin have finished between 5-15 Wilds will be added to the reels.
Gold Fever Feature – After each tumble the symbols involved will be added to the Gold meter. If you can fill the meter you will trigger the Gold Fever Feature. This can only be done on one spin, with the meter resetting after each set of tumbles. The feature starts at level 1. During the feature, at all levels a Spin feature modifier is guaranteed to be played once per level, in order and all wins have a multiplier beginning at 2x the bet. Collect enough wins to fill the meter again and advance to the next level.
Gems Bonanza is a solid enough slot. It looks good and if offers a few decent features. I like the coloured dot features, the tumbles and the Gold Fever Feature, if you get lucky enough to trigger it. The house edge is offering good value for money too.