Crown Gems from Barcrest looks great - the rubies, sapphires and emeralds glow and sparkle, while the crown is big and beautifully drawn. It’s a simple theme for a simple game - Crown Gems has no truck with bonuses, scatters or anything complicated like that. Instead, it concentrates on fast and enjoyable gameplay. But is it a diamond among slots, or just a cubic zirconia fake?
You can start by betting 10 pence and can go right up to £500 if every payline is active. As you’d expect, the crown is top of the rankings, and five crowns on a payline are going to deliver sackfuls of royal tribute - 5,000 times your bet. Four crowns will bring 500 coins to your exchequer. Next come the blood red rubies, and five of these will give you a treasure chest of 500 times your wager. Sapphires and emeralds pay out 400 credits if you get five, 100 credits for four and 50 credits for three.
As well as the gems, the game features the usual playing cards, which bring in smaller but useful amounts. Needless to say, this kingly game has no truck with scatters, wilds, bonuses or any of that stuff. And for some players, weary of ever-increasing complexity in games, this will come as something of a relief. The game is simple enough to play on mobile and tablet while commuting, pretending to work or pretending to listen to someone you’re not really interested in. So an ideal game for multi-tasking!
While this game is a gimmick-free zone, that’s not to say it doesn’t have any nice features. There are 10 paylines spread over five reels. You can win with a payline from left to right or from right to left. You can also win with symbols appearing consecutively, starting from any position on the reel. So you can start counting winning symbols on the second or third reels and come in with a win.
This doesn’t seem very significant, but it actually greatly increases the chance of a win. Three matching symbols are three times more likely to come up. Four matching symbols are twice as likely to come up. And because you don’t get side-tracked by bonus features and free spins, you tend to concentrate more on the big wins you can achieve with a single spin.
What’s the Verdict?
Crown Gems is the kind of game that auto-play was invented for, and it will happily cycle through 50 spins. Not only that, but the music is soothing and relaxing. As the reels slot in, you hear a very discreet clunk. Yes, there’s a burst of disco when you win, but it’s short and we’re soon back to the calm computer music of the main game. Barcrest has become known for both iconic and innovative slots. Ooh Aah Dracula takes some beating, both as a game and a name! So the fact that they’ve produced a game that’s about as simple as it could be must mean they think there’s a gap in the market for this type of relaxing, undemanding free slots playing experience.
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|Slot Name:||Crown Gems|
|Software:||Barcrest , Blueprint Gaming|
|Min Bet (all lines covered):||£0.10 (GBP)|
|Max Bet:||£500 (GBP)|
|Features:||Medium volatility , Multiplier , 5 Reels|
|Themes:||Jewels , Luxury / High Life|
|Available in GB?||Yes. Barcrest have a UKGC license and are allowed to offer their games at UK licensed casinos.|
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