Microgaming, purveyor of all things fun, exciting and coupled with winning opportunities, is releasing yet another video slot to add to an already massive and impressive collection of online casino games. This time round the game is Icy Gems and it’s made by Just For The Win (JFTW), who happen to have an exclusive partnership with Microgaming for distribution rights. It makes perfect sense too, business-wise.
Sometimes Simple Is Better
The online video slot market and in the same breath, the mobile slot market is a competitive one made all the more intense by the speed of today’s technology. Everyone is trying to make the next big thing or the next sustainable thing. It’s an ideal worth aspiring to, especially if you know that you could be responsible for the next Avalon or Thunderstruck, or the next Gonzo’s Quest. Outside of winning possibilities, the other attribute that makes slots in particular stand out is the extent of the range and the options. Players love a good variety of games to choose from and this provides content publishers with an almost endless pool from which to draw inspiration. Some players like the simplicity of 3-reel slots, while others would rather play 5-reel ones, which bring more advanced options.
Icy Gems is an interesting beast in that it offers up 5-reels of spinning fun while looking a lot more like a 3-reel product. What I’m getting at here is that it’s a marriage of 5- and 3-reel ideologies – a video slot game with an old school feel – done away by modern graphics.
Look & Feel
Icy Gems looks like an old school 3-reel game. It’s a deceiving look and one made all the more effective by its simple yet clean graphical interface. Just For The Win have opted to keep things simple by way of a basic yet attractive colour scheme and a reliance on old school symbology. In other words, Icy Gems uses symbols inherent in classic slot games; things like diamonds, precious stones and of your classic slot letters of the alphabet, namely J, K, Q and A. It’s all packaged in a rather clinical and clean look, if one can call it that, but don’t be fooled, because as it turns out, this little video slot game comes with its fair share of oomph.
Playing Icy Gems
Let’s get down to the game itself! Icy Gems is a 5-reel, 20 payline creation, a common template or formula in the slot world. However, scratch the surface of this slots gem and you’ll soon find that it’s got three features that make it noteworthy and lucrative. Respins, Symbol Storage and Superspins make up for the trio of features that make this game special. Here’s how it all works…
Each time you achieve a win, the winning symbol gets stored; this is part of the Symbol Storage process. You also receive a Re-Spin each time a symbol is stored. In essence, what this means is that every time you win, you get a free spin, thereby giving you a chance to win again at no cost to your cash balance. Once you collect at least 3-symbols, you’ll be awarded the Superspin, and here is how it works…
The Superspin offers players three various levels, all dependent on the symbols themselves. If you accumulated 3 different symbols, you’ll be awarded with the Silver/Showtime Superspin, whereby 2 different symbols will put you through to the Big Stage Superspin. If you have 1 type of symbol, you’ll get the Solo Performance Superspin. The feature itself will only contain the stored symbols that got you there in the first place. This means that everything else is out and that the chances for exceptional remuneration suddenly becomes very real. If you like your video slot games simple yet super effective, then this might be the one for you.
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