Gem Burst, a newly released Playtech slot machine, is available with a theme that revolves around rocks mostly, something to do with space by the looks of it. Not a terribly original theme, but it is a good design and as you will see, there are also plenty of features to be had inside.
You’re getting a game with 5 reels, 243 ways to win and with a mix of features that includes up to 5x multipliers, free spins, scatter symbols, win cascades and wild symbols. Your biggest payout is at 500x the stake, going to 2,500x if the multipliers get to help out.
Betting and Prizes
As the game’s bets, you’re getting the option to pick an amount between $0.25 and $500. You have 25 lines to place bets on, each one getting up to 10 coins and a wager of up to $20 at most.
Moving on to the payouts that are possible in Gem Burst, it’s a jackpot of 500x that you’re after during your regular rounds, but with the help of the cascades this can go up, even up to 2,500x. This should mean a jackpot of $50,000, for the players that used the maximum bets.
Gem Burst Slot Features
Among the features that Gem Burst relies on, there is one that is popular and expected in every new game that comes out. You’ve probably guessed it, I’m talking about the wild symbol. The Wild Rock, which is the form in which this feature comes in this slot, will appear as a substitute and is usable in combination with pretty much any symbol, as long as it doesn’t behave as a scatter.
As a slot with ways to win, the combinations are formed through matching symbols that appear starting from reel 1, on consecutive columns. Three or more symbols are needed to form a win. When a win is formed, a Win Cascade feature is activated and the multiplier starts to go up. The win symbols get removed, new ones come in and if they form combinations they give you multiplied prizes and additional cascades. With multiple cascades part of a single round, the multipliers could reach 5x for your wins.
One additional feature of importance in Gem Burst is the one called Blasting Free Games. Triggered through three Dynamite scatters or more, the feature will continue with the scatters turned into up to three bombs each, delivering 2 free spins in each case. Depending on the number of symbols and the bombs that come out of them, you could get between 6 and 30 rounds. The bombs are placed by the player under the reels, a maximum of 3 reserved for each one. Mystery symbols will detonate the bombs and them as well, providing you with a cash prize. The more bombs you had under that reel, the bigger the multiplier for the instant win (up to 3x possible).
Theme & Design
The theme, with its gems and meteor like inspiration, while not particularly unique, can be entertaining if done right. I think that Playtech did well by this slot machine, whose symbols start with rock style playing cards, and then continue with various rocks, in different colors. You can add dynamite scatters and wild rocks to this line-up of symbols.
Gem Burst is an exciting game because of its features, which is what a lot of people want to get from their slots anyway. The graphics are good, but you don’t get an interesting story from it unfortunately.