Diamonds are forever and known to be the best friends of not only girls but slot developers as well. Truth be told, after all the drama, complex graphics and visual solutions of the latest blockbuster- movies inspired slots, most of us will always go back to the colourful fantasy world of gems and jewels and spend hours on end without being bored. The simplicity and unpretentious theme are the very things that keep us chained in front of our screens and the main reason these slots can be played on repeat and never get old. And what more suitable to start this list of the most frequently played and personal favourites, than A Girl’s Best Friend slot, appropriately named after iconic lyrics that taught us a valuable lesson about the importance of financial stability.
Gamesys’s A Girl’s Best Friend is as simple as it gets, with 5 reels, 5 paylines and extremely low minimum bet limit – only $0.01, a small price to pay for all those precious stones. The maximum bet is $5, which is probably a better choice, as the total payout is 2,000x of the total stake. Paylines are not fixed and you can either play on just one or simply go for the Max Bet and activate all lines, increasing the coin value at the same time. Grant you, the slot does not come with any special features and earns the place on this list simply for sentimental reasons; the retro style is exactly why people are falling in love with this game and keep playing it, although there are far more superior and potentially profitable slots. Still, there is something about that 50s charm that will make you stick to A Girl’s Best Friend for probably longer than what is considered a reasonable amount of time.
One of Betsoft‘s more popular releases, Mega Gems is arcade-like, 3 rows and 5 reels slot with beautifully designed symbols and retro-futuristic audio and visuals. Unlike previous slot, Mega Gems has more to offer when it comes to special features and payout potential. The highest paid symbol is worth 2,500 coins and the game has 10 adjustable, paid both ways lines and $0.02 – $100 bet range. Mega Gems also features expanding Wild symbol which can cover the entire second, third and fourth reel and award an extra spin, which can be re-triggered. Opting for a Max Bet has some additional advantages as it can activate the Jackpot Prize, adding some edge to the experience. All in all, well executed and potentially lucrative game, mostly thanks to its progressive jackpot.
Gems and Stones is launched by Endorphina and recognizable by its elegant, goth undertone. The slot has 3 rows and 5 reels structure with 10 paylines and 4 gem symbols: Emerald, Yellow Sapphire, Ruby and Blue Sapphire, being the highest value symbol worth 5,000 to 50,000 coins depending on your bet level. Managing to land at least three Scatter symbols will unlock 10 bonus games featuring the random expanding icon with extra spins that can be won during the bonus round. The great thing about Gems and Stones is the Risk Game (Pick-a-Card) option for all of you adventure seekers, adding some flavour to the game. As far the gamble feature is concerned, you can either take it or leave it, but it’s good to know the option is there when you enter that winning streak and want to try your luck.
Starting off as one of the most popular IGT releases in land-based casinos, it was not long before Da Vinci Diamonds became equally sought and played by online players. This game however has a slight digression from ordinary gems and jewel theme as it also includes Da Vinci’s famous paintings as higher value symbols: Lady with an Ermine, Portrait of a Musician and Mona Lisa. Da Vinci Diamonds is rich in bonuses and the players are rewarded with up to 12 free spins that can be reactivated during the bonus round until the player runs out or wins 300 freebies. One thing that simply has to be mentioned when talking about Da Vinci Diamonds is the innovative Tumbling Reels feature that offers an extra winning opportunity. The feature starts with eliminating all the winning combination from a line, filling the empty spaces with the new set of symbols tumbling down and repeating the whole cycle after every winning combination.
Powered by NetEnt, Dazzle Me will definitely live up to its name with Free Spins, Linked Reels and Dazzling Wild Reels. Linked Reels can be triggered during the Free Spins while Dazzling Reels can be unlocked during both the main game and free spins, covering reels 1 to 5 with Wild diamond symbols. Free spins are of course triggered by the relevant icon, which, in the combination of 3, 4 or 5 can award 8, 12 or 16 extra spins, respectively. The game is bubbly and dynamic with a pretty decent return to player percentage of 96.9%.
Yet another NetEnt release, Starburst is an extremely popular video slot which you can find on almost every online casino. Beautiful visual profile aside, Starbust has a flower shape multifunctional Wild that can replace other symbols, expand across the reels and unlock free spins. If you are looking for the plot twist let us tell you right now that there is none. In terms of bonus features, this is pretty much all you get, but it seems to be quite enough to gain a number of Starbust devotees. Be it great graphics, 50,000 coins winning potential or wide betting range ($0.10 to $100) suitable for “small-time” players, Starbust firmly holds the position of probably the most popular gem and jewel theme slot game of today.
As mentioned earlier, the most fascinating thing about the gem themed slots is that people never seem to get tired of them. Throughout the years software providers learned that one approach never fails – simplicity with a touch of razzle-dazzle. After all, the best things are always simple.