It was the ancient Greeks who first started declaring one hunk of mineral more valuable than another and we have been under the spell of precious gemstones ever since, even if they have no intrinsic value. One of the things we like to do is put them away in pretty wooden boxes and Play’n Go has built just such a container for its aspirational mobile slots game, Jewel Box.
This is a five-reel, fifteen payline game. There is no progressive jackpot but you can return 150X your stake in bonus play. There is an Autoplay option and a Bet Max play to turn these stones into cash that much quicker.
Handsome jewel boxes might have made for an elegant theme but the developers have opted to concentrate on their contents. And immerse us in jewels this game does. First the minor playing card symbols are dispensed with and the four precious cut jewels – emeralds, sapphires, rubies and diamonds have replaced them. The higher-scoring symbols are pieces of jewellery – a strand of pearls, a garnet bauble and a diamond-encrusted ring and band. As the shiny sparklers spin around and the soundtrack of a jewel heist plays in the background it is easy to get caught up in the allure of the seductive stones.
There is no guessing about the Wild in Jewel Box – it is just a big multiplier that sneaks onto the reels and substitutes for all other symbols except the Bonus. Technically there are four Wilds in this Jewel Box – X2, X3, X4 and X5 which multiplies your win when they sit in for one of the sparklers.
The Jewel Box Bonus is triggered when three of the handsome storage cases arrive anywhere on the first, third and fifth reels. It is a simple Pick Me game and selecting the best box will spill 150X your stake into your bank.
There are no free spins at the Jewel Box but winning combinations do not have to form all the way to the left. Any combination of bling lining up in threes will score a win. Even so, without big time bonus plays and free games it is hard to wring full value out of these jewels.