Wintry, ice-themed slots aren’t exactly rare on the market these days, but their success has been a bit hit and miss, with some gamers really taking to the idea and some being left a bit disappointed.
Frozen Gems is the latest slot to take on the challenge, mixing the frozen landscape with a tried and tested theme from the old days of slots: magical gems. This slot certainly looks the part, but can it win over the whole gaming community with its looks and gameplay? Let’s take a look in our Frozen Gems review.
You’d better wrap up warm when you’re playing this slot because the theme will have you shivering in your boots! Frozen Gems is set in a massive ice cave which takes up the background of the reels. Huge icicles hang from the ceilings while glowing gems in their raw, uncut form are glowing from the walls and floor. There is even evidence of previous explorers’ attempts to claim the gems from themselves, as frozen hooks and ropes still hang from the sides of the cave. The gems make up the high-value symbols in this game, and even they have a sheen of frost over them, while the low-value symbols are little frozen 9 – A icons. On top of the great graphics used to bring this game to life, spiralling, swirling animations and a jolly Christmas theme tune add to the charm and fun.
Frozen Gems uses a novel and fun little system of handing out bonuses in the main game that’s attached to the cascading reels system it uses to create wins. Landing three in a row of any symbol will give you a win, after which the winning symbols are removed from the game and new symbols fall in from above to replace them, potentially causing new combos. It’s like a free re-spin after each spin, which is potentially lucrative! The betting limit is £/€/$100 per spin, and you’ll need to bet high because the highest paying symbol in this game is the wild, which comes in at a measly 2.5x your bet. Before you stop reading, the RTP still falls at a pretty high 96.34%, so the bonuses must be good, right? Well, you’d be correct there!
The Frozen Gems slot game employs a strange system of bonuses, having the bonus symbols permanently sitting in a frozen row above the reels. Every combination you land under each one of those bonus symbols causes the symbol to thaw slightly, and it takes three successful combinations under each symbol to get it to thaw completely and fall down onto the reels. This is a great system because the bonuses feel more frequent and less random, and it also means you sometimes get several bonuses activated at once for some really serious cash wins. These have powers that include everything from turning all the symbols on that reel into wilds to splitting all the symbols on the reel into three, potentially creating a maximum of 8,748 ways to win. There is also a win multiplier in effect, so each successful combo in a row sets the multiplier up by 1x. Finally, collecting three of the big yellow flower gems grants you nine free spins, all with a 5x multiplier.
Frozen Gems is a game that is almost unbelievably generous with its bonuses, and while you’ll struggle to win anything in the main game you’ll find that there are riches beyond your wildest dreams if you keep hitting those bonus symbols. The game looks great, and though it’s not very original there’s nothing to complain about, and you’ll find yourself humming along to the Christmas soundtrack if you win!