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Sizzling Gems Slot Review

Sizzling Gems is yet another classic slot machine from Novomatic but this time the fruit has been designed in sparkling gemstone style which brings much needed bling to the reels.

Of course this is not the first ‘Sizzling’ slot we have seen from Novomatic as it follows on from their other classic titles Sizzling 6 and Sizzling Hot Deluxe, but unfortunately the only sparkle in Sizzling Gems is the appearance of the symbols – it certainly lacks substance even by the standards of traditional slots.

Solid Structure

It’s a familiar structure we are used to seeing in classic styled slot machines as Sizzling Gems contains 5 reels and 9 paylines. Those of you playing slots on a budget will love the betting options as the bet per line begins at just £0.01 and goes up to a maximum of £4 which means all nine paylines can be played for as little as £0.09 up to a maximum of £36 each and every spin – accessible for everyone!

 
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Sparkling Symbols and Sounds

The traditional theme of Sizzling Gems continues with the inclusion of the typical symbols you expect in the most basic slot machines, however they have all been designed in the style of gemstones which is a nice change from the usual symbols that look like clones from so many other slots.

Like so many fruit machines, the 7 is one of the highest valued symbols in Sizzling Gems and it also acts as the Wild and therefore substitutes for all others aside from the Scatter. Speaking of the Scatter it is a sparkling yellow star and actually the highest paying symbol of all, with both of these symbols joined on the reels by grapes, plum, watermelon, lemon and cherries – with the lemon and cherries being the joint lowest valued symbols.

If you’ve played slots developed by Novomatic before you will instantly recognise the tune which rings out when you spin the reels as it has been used in many of their titles. Fortunately winning combinations are greeted by a unique and upbeat tune which really brings the reels to life as a quick glow glosses over the winning symbols.

Gemstone Gamble

The one and only feature in Sizzling Gems, if you can even call it that, is the gamble feature that seems to be a common fixture in Novomatic online slot machines and while you probably don’t need any introduction to it I will explain it for those of you encountering it for the first time.

After any winning combinations you face a dilemma – collect your wins or take a gamble to double them up. If you do opt to gamble you see a gemstone playing card face down which interchanges between red and black. To double your winnings you must select the red or black button and hope that the card stops on the colour of your choice – if it doesn’t you will lose all your winnings up to that point including those which enabled you to access the gamble feature.

Just How Sizzling Is It?

Unfortunately I found the spark in Sizzling Gems to fizzle out rather quickly. Novomatic have simply designed the symbols to appear in gemstone form to differentiate them from how the symbols appear in so many of their other fruit machine slots, however that simply isn’t enough to make it worthwhile playing when you consider the vast amount of alternatives available such as the Xtra Hot slot machine which has also been developed by Novomatic.

Granted, there are some tasty wins on offer, however I actually found this to be a higher variance slot than normal from Novomatic as I went quite a few spins without winning anything, although when I did win it was usually a decent result which made up for this.

The only ‘feature’ is a gamble option but that is of no surprise as these types of slot machines are targeted at players who enjoy simplistic gameplay rather than triggering bonus features and watching animated scenes which take up more playing time.

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