The Gem Machine Review
It's not very often that you find a slot where you can decide which reels you want to play on, but that's not the case with The Gem Machine. Developed by SG Digital, this steampunk slot plays on 5-reels, to begin with, but players have the option to choose how many reels they actually want to play on. They don't have to stick to 5-reels and can play on 1 if they'd like.
There aren't any typical paylines with this slot as the payouts decide which gems land on the reels. The Gem Machine is definitely a unique slot that shakes up the typical slot format and if that's something that interests you - be sure to read on.
As previously mentioned, the genre of this slot is leaning towards steampunk. The background has different rustic machines and cogs moving with the reels looking straight out of a steampunk film. With colours such as gold and copper mixed with the brightness of the liquid canisters, the slot definitely stands out. It feels like a perfect fit for the intended aesthetic.
During spins of the reels, you can hear cogs spinning and other mechanical sounds. In-between spins, there is a soft cello beat played in the background. As you spin and win, this score increases to make something a little more exciting. Overall, the music seems whimsical and full of wonder - which is exactly what you want in a slot like this.
This slot is unusual for being able to decide on how many reels you want to play on. If you want to play on all 5-reels you can, or instead, just use 1. That being said, the gameplay is straightforward and incredibly easy - anyone can pick up and play this slot.
You can select how many reels you want to play on by selecting one of the buttons on the top of the reels. The bottom of the reels contains all the menus that you need including bet level, spin and the autospin button.
Changing the reels affects the RTP - if you keep all the reels on, then the RTP is 97%. Using just reel 1 lowers the RTP by 95%. Obviously, still at 95%, the RTP is fantastic and players should take advantage of this.
The maximum payout for this slot is 1,000x your stake and this can be achieved by landing the Grand jackpot or the yellow gem worth up to 1,000x your stake. As there are no multipliers or anything else, this is the most you can get. For a high volatility slot, this isn't the most appealing win.
On the surface, this slot is cool and a truly interesting take on modern online slots. The changeable reels and the lack of a payline is a unique concept that you'll either hate or love. Naturally, the same can be said about the steampunk theme.
The Gem Machine could've almost been iconic but the lack of a high payout is a huge letdown. Now, the RTP is fantastic at a maximum of 97% - but 1,000x your stake isn't enough for a high volatility slot.
If 1,000x your stake is a decent amount for you and you want to try out this fascinating slot, then make sure to check out The Gem Machine.