Book of Gems Megaways

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1 Reels 5
2. Paylines 3125
3. Progressive No
4. Maximum coins 3125
5. Jackpot 100
6. Maximum jackpot in coins 200
7. Multiplier No
8. Scatter symbol No
9. Free Spins Yes
10. Betting range from $0.5 up to $250
11. Coin Bet Range from $0.01 up to $5
12. Coins per line 1
13. Bonus Game Yes
14. Wild symbol Yes
15. Payout percent 95.00

Imagine if two probably the most famous and favorite mechanics in the world of video slots were implemented in one online release? In case you are not versed in the facts, we are talking about the Megaways engine and the Book of ... mechanics.

Well, one of the iGaming developers decided to design such a release. Book of Gems Megaways is an online-gem themed Megaways video slot, introduced by Skywind casino software played on a large 5x5 layout with up to 3125 paylines. 

In terms of available bonus features, players can expect Wilds, scatters, Cascading Reels/Avalanches, Buy Feature, and Free Spins, while the title’s high volatility is paired with a rather low RTP of 95%. 

On the positive side, this online one-armed bandit could be spun across all devices and all available platforms, thanks to HTML5 technology. 

Theme and Symbols

There’s nothing so breathtaking here. The title looks like another Book Of Ra’s cheap clone and we think the provider could have put a little more effort when it comes to graphics solutions. After all, there are so many online products inspired by the legendary Egyptian-themed video slot and punters can’t wait to notice some kind of the revolution within the genre.

Two large pyramids are placed behind the grid, while the oriental-style soundtrack fits the theme perfectly. On the paytable, you’ll find 5 low paying royals (10-A) that can pay up to 30x the bet for 5 of a kind. Golden rings, scarabs, decorated pyramids and explorers are premiums and can pay up to 300x the bet for a combination of 5. 

As always, the book icon is the most important symbol in the game - it acts both as Wild and as scatter. 

Betting Options and Other Functions

As we already said, Book of Gems Megaways comes with 5 reels, 5 rows, and up to 3125 paylines. We can freely say that we are disappointed with the number of paylines, especially because we are used to at least up to 117,649 - a standard in other megaways releases.

The betting range starts at 0.5 coins and goes all the way up to 250 coins per spin, while the title’s high volatility is mixed with an RTP of 95% which is another major drawback. 

Finally, the top payout sits at 1000x the bet.

Special Features

Wilds will replace all regular symbols and increase your chances of forming more winning combinations. Keep in mind that they’ll appear only on reels 2, 3, and 4. 

By landing 3 books on the middle 3 reels, you’ll trigger the Free Spins feature and the game will award 10 initial spins free of charge. As is the case in the majority of Book of… online video slots, a random symbol will be picked at the start of the feature and it will expand to cover the reels during it. 

The good news is that the bonus round can be re-triggered by using the above mentioned formula. 

Verdict

Even though the provider has a brilliant idea, the execution phase didn’t go as it should. Don’t get us wrong, Book of Gems Megaways isn’t a bad online release but it could be a lot better considering implemented mechanics. At the end of the day, if you’re a fan of Egyptian-themed online slots, you’ll definitely enjoy it. On the other hand, if you prefer different genres, feel free to check other Skywind’s releases as well. 

by Milovan Bogdanovic

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