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Crown Gems Slot Review

It’s time for a taste of luxury as we spin the reels with Crowns and Gems slotting into place, but unfortunately Crown Gems takes us back to absolute basics – even by Barcrest standards.

It is one of the most simplistic online slot machines I have come across and while some of you will love that, the rest of you will probably hate it. Despite being a stalwart in Fixed Odds Betting Terminals for years, we are now in an age of modern video slots which boast animated scenes and several rich bonus features, with Crown Gems proving to be very dull and disappointing.

It’s yet another Barcrest slot made up of the 5 reel and 10 payline structure, with stake per line settings available from £0.01 up to £50 – meaning minimum cost for playing all paylines is £0.10 while the maximum bet allowed is £500 per spin. Speaking of maximum, it does boast about offering a maximum win of £250,000 but with such a lack of features I don’t see this being attainable.

 
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Stylish Symbols & Dreamy Sounds

Keeping in tune with the luxury theme of Crown Gems, its crowns and gems which you will encounter as symbols on the reels, though unfortunately there are playing cards too – Barcrest just love them, hey?

Keeping up the simplicity, you will be shocked to hear Crown Gems doesn’t even offer any Wild or Scatter symbols, however there are several opportunities to win and payouts are higher than standard. The most lucrative of the eight symbols is a Crown which pays out 5000x your line bet should you land five, with three types of gem joining it – Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald, along with Ace, King, Queen, and Jack playing card symbols.

The sounds which play out when you spin the reels on Crown Gems are quite subtle and low tempo, especially in comparison to the sounds we are used to on other Barcrest slots - but that’s not a bad thing. They sound very dreamy and help you feel in a relaxing mood as you spin the reels hoping for winning combinations, with higher tempo tunes ringing out when you do win which are always pleasant on the ear.

Hi Roller Mode

Interestingly there are two different versions of Crown Gems – one without the Hi Roller feature and one with it, therefore it will depend on the online casino you play at as to which version of the slot you will be playing.

If it does contain the Hi Roller feature you can select it at any time and then select the high stakes you would like to play for five spins, just like in other Barcrest slots with the feature like Ooh Aah Dracula. The minimum option= is £20 with 20 paylines activated, however there is also a £30 option with 30 paylines, a £40 option with 40 paylines, and the maximum of £50 for a 50 paylines.

The Hi Roller feature sees the return to player percentage increase up to 96.08% due to it offering many more winning opportunities, however while trying the Hi Roller mode in Crown Gems I found myself winning diddly squat on the first four spins and then winning my stake back on the fifth and final spin many times – so don’t fret if your online casino doesn’t include this feature.

Style without Substance

We have seen many online slots based on luxury and while the premise is there, Crown Gems simply doesn’t have the substance to make it worthwhile playing – especially when you could play Mega Fortune which offers a progressive jackpot, or even Mega Glam Life from Betsoft Gaming.

Some versions of Crown Gems offer the Hi Roller option while others doesn’t which isn’t very consistent, but even so the feature isn’t enough to want to play it anyway – and all wins paying adjacent isn’t either in an era of slots which contain multiple bonus features including free spins mode, instant wins, pick ‘em games and more.

I simply see no reason why you’d want to use your money playing this slot when there are countless others which are better, and even for being so basic the return to player percentage of 95.05% isn’t the great either. Certainly not a slot which will give you the luxury lifestyle it tries to portray!

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