Monday, October 17, 2011

Gems Gems Gems by WMS

Slot machine name:  GEMS GEMS GEMS

Manufacturer: WMS Gaming

Slot Type: Video (4 games)

Lines: 20 lines per game

Reel dimensions: 5 reels, 3 symbols per reel, 4 games per play.

Bonuses: Gems bonus when any game hits three diamond symbols.

Rebranded: No known equivalents, but is part of the super multi pay series, including St. Petersburg, Nautilus, Valiant Knight, Rose of Cairo, Silver Sword, and Samurai Master.

Progressive:  No progressive

Author's Rating: 7 / 10.

Gems Gems Gems (just "Gems" hereafter) is part of WMS's new line of Super Multi Pay machines.  These machines offer bets of 20,40,60, and 80 credits. Each 20 credits the player bets opens up one of the four possible games on the screen. It is strongly to the player's advantage to play all 80 credits.
When a play is initiated, the main screen is spun first. If the player gets any wild or bonus symbols, those are copied to all three of the smaller games on the right. Unfortunately, it is very hard to get any paying combinations due to the large number of symbols and the low number of lines - therefore wilds are often the only way players can get pays during the main game.
The bonus is initiated by getting three diamonds on any of the four games. Yes - you can get three diamonds on the first game and trigger the bonus all four times (as is pictured above). Bonuses grant 6 to 12 spins, and are multiplied by 3x for each game the bonus was triggered on. (3x for 1 game, 6x for 2 games, etc...)   It is possible, though difficult, to re-trigger the bonus and gain additional spins.
I have no documented evidence, but it seemed to me that wilds occur more frequently during the bonus game.
It should also be noted that the variance in Gems is very high.  You'll likely walk away with nothing - but if you do win it will likely be a large win. Be prepared to dump money into this machine very quickly if you intend to play for a while.

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