Reel Gems

Reel Gems Slot Machine

Reel Gems is a 243 Ways slot from Microgaming. It has a 4,000 coin top jackpot and you can bet up to 10 coins per way. It also has a re-spin feature where you can pay to re-spin any of the reels. Three or more diamond rings award 15 free games.

Game Data

  • Type : 5 Reel + 243 Ways
  • Coin Sizes : 0.01 - 0.20
  • Maximum Bet : 250 coins
  • Jackpot : 4,000 coins
  • Wild Symbol : Yes
  • Bonus Features : Free Spins + Re-Spins
  • Multipliers : Yes
  • Gamble : No
  • Volatility : Medium
  • Software By : Microgaming

Reel Gems Slot Machine Review

Reel Gems is a 243 Ways slot found at Microgaming online casinos. The game has a free spin bonus and a new style of feature - a re-spin option where you can pay for any reel to re-spin at any time. The game has a precious gem theme with symbols such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires.

As with all 243 Ways slots you do not have to bet on each line. You simply make a bet that covers all ways. In this case the minimum bet to cover all ways is 25 coins. You can bet up to 10 coins per way for a max bet of 250 coins. Coin sizes start at one cent and go up to twenty cents.

Reel Gems has a wild symbol but it only appears on reels 2 and 4 so you cannot get five wilds. The top pay is for five diamonds which awards 4000 coins or 40,000 coins at max bet. The rest of the big pays are for the gems which come in at between 2,500 and 500 coins for five of a kinds.

The diamond ring is scattered and pays in any position. Getting three or more anywhere on the screen awards 15 free spins with all wins tripled. This boosts the top jackpot to 120,000 coins at max bet. The free games can be re-triggered and unlimited amount of times.

Up until this point of the review, Reel Gems appears to be a fairly standard free spins slot. This is where the re-spin feature changes everything. At the end of any spin on the base game you can choose to re-spin any of the reels. This of course comes at a cost - you have to pay a price for the re-spins.

The cost of re-spinning a reel directly relates to the amount that can be won by spinning that reel again. We are not sure how the price is calculated for the re-spin but it appears to be between 10% and 20% of the potential win. This means you can bet much more on a re-spin than you can on the regular spins.

This type of feature has some pros and cons. The advantages are that if you miss the jackpot by one symbol you can keep re-spinning the missing reel until you hit the jackpot. The downside is that if it takes more than a few spins you would have probably lost more than the jackpot in re-spin costs. In our opinion there are only a few circumstances where you should re-spin.

The first is if you get two scatters. This makes it worth re-spinning the reels because you never know what you might get on the free spins. You can also choose the cheapest reel to re-spin out of the three remaining. The other situation where re-spinning might be worthwhile is when multiple symbols will make up a win. This gives you more chances of winning on the re-spin.

In the end, Reel Gems offers something we have never seen on a slot machine before. It is an interesting concept but in our opinion it probably does not increase the chances of winning.

Game Previews

  • Reel Gems
  • Pay Table
  • Pay Table 2
  • Pay Table 3
  • Re-Spin Feature

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