Play’n GO has kept the drama and controversy coming this year with the release of Perfect Gems, a Bonanza ripoff using the company’s own spin on the popular Megaways game engine. The company’s “devil may care” attitude has served as a bulletproof vest in the wake of the Starblast controversy. Play’n GO has come up with a cheaper method than the standard practice, which would be to buy a Megaways license from Big Time Gaming like everyone else. It’s a risky move, to be sure, but I don’t think it will pay off.
It’s impossible to define the topic to the finest degree, but you won’t have to get your hands dirty in a mine shaft and you surely won’t have to suffer Nik’s (CEO of BTG) tedious, but equally amazing banjo loop. Instead, you get an aesthetic that leans baroque and even borders on the fantastical. There are a maximum of 21,609 possibilities to win when all six reels and the additional horizontal reel are in play. Both the base game and the free spins feature, which may be retriggered an infinite number of times, have a Win Multiplier that grows with each winning cascade. It costs anything from 20 cents to 100 Euros every spin to play across all platforms.
The action of Perfect Gems takes place in what seems like a Renaissance-era office, and the whole tone is classical. The standard playing card symbols (A through 9) are joined on the reels by the more profitable gems (pink, green, yellow, and blue), with the blue gems paying out 25 times your wager for a full house. The wild symbol, which appears only on the first horizontal reel and substitutes for all other symbols, is also present.
Features of Play’n GO’s Perfect Gems
While there are some obvious parallels between Perfect Gems and Big Time Gaming’s Megaways (which use a different terminology) and Play’n GO’s Payways (which use the same terminology), the game engine in Perfect Gems is not quite as easy. Here, reels 1 and 6 always show three symbols each, but reels 2 through 5 are flexible and can show up to four. With the aid of the Horizontal Reel function, however, the middle reels may grow to a whopping seven symbols high whenever a matching symbol appears on the horizontal reel and the reel below it. At maximum capacity, you’ll have 21,609 opportunities for success.
Keep an eye on the Win Multiplier in the top left corner, which will grow by 1 with each win cascade as symbols are deleted and replaced. When a cascading sequence of wins ends in a loss, the multiplier will reset to its initial value.
Land 3, 4, 5, or 6 scatter symbols anywhere on the reels to trigger the Perfect Gems Free Spins bonus, where you may win 9, 15, 21, or 27 free games. The Spin scatter has taken the place of the standard scatter and will provide two more spins to your total whenever it appears in view. The free spins bonus can be retriggered an infinite number of times. Free spins are subject to the Win Multiplier, and the multiplier value in effect at feature activation remains in place during the bonus round. In this case, the multiplier will never decrease and can only increase.
Judgment on “Perfect Gems” by “Play’n GO”
Play’n GO has released another divisive slot machine with Perfect Gems, and it’s safe to assume that this won’t sit well with Big Time Gaming, which has found great success in licensing out its Megaways gaming engine. Although the makers have made significant adjustments to the gameplay in an effort to remove Perfect Gems from its inspiration, Bonanza, it still seems strange to review and score the game for the reasons stated above.
Perfect Gems is undeniably a superb slot that looks well, operates efficiently, and offers lots of thrill and promise when all the business politics are ignored. Both the base game and the free spins bonus round have extremely high volatility, with potential winnings of up to 5,000 times your initial bet. Now all that’s left to see is if Play’n GO can pull off the Perfect Crime and get away with it.