WMS has announced the release of its new Cool Jewels slots game, which offers players a unique new take on slots gaming.

It is one of several recent releases that doesn’t bare any resemblance to a traditional slot machine, joining games like Thunderkick’s Fruit Warp slots. Cool Jewels will be released later this year, and Slots Temple is offering you a sneak peek of this innovative new game.

The Format

When Cool Jewels first loads, it looks nothing like a slot machine. In fact, it more closely resembles social games, such as Bejeweled or Candy Crush. Rather than featuring reels and paylines, the entire game is one large grid. The winning combinations are not made on paylines; instead, they are the result of four like symbols being grouped together.

When a winning combination is made, the symbols involved in the win disappear and new symbols fall into their places so one spin can lead to multiple wins.

The Payouts

Usually, slot machine payouts are calculated based on which symbols appear in a winning combination. Each symbol has a set value and the winning combinations are based on how many of each symbol appears on a specific payline.

In Cool Jewels slots, every symbol and winning combination has the same value – for a short time. As players hit more consecutive winning combinations, the value of each symbol increases.

Special Symbols

In addition to the winning symbols, there are also special symbols that offer up even more ways for players to win. There is an electrifying symbol that zaps symbols in the corners of the screen to turn them into paying symbols.

There are other symbols that multiply others to create even more generous winning combinations. Wilds are also in abubance.

Bonuses

The free spins game is triggered when the Cool Jewels logo appears in a winning combinations three times. The number of free spins is determined by the thermometer on the right side of the screen. During the round, the bonus thermometer continues to climb, providing the player with the chance to earn even more free games.

There is only one bonus in Cool Jewels, but it doesn’t feel stingy. There is enough going on in the base game that the free spins round is just enough.

Our Verdict

At Slots Temple, we love it when developers like WMS think outside of the box. It is refreshing to see companies working hard to think up new formats for slots games.

We are very excited to give this game a spin when it is finally released.