Grab your winter coat and get ready to head out into the cold with the Cool Jewels online slot from the team at WMS. This online slot is the first attempt from the company at a cluster-pay system, and it utilizes very different gameplay mechanics and bonus features to offer players a unique slot experience. Let’s take a more detailed look in this Cool Jewels slot review and find out if it succeeds.
Fans of mobile slots like Candy Crush are going to see a lot of similarities in their designs and that of the Cool Jewels slot game. The grid is made up of six reels and six rows, though the reels do not spin in a traditional sense. Instead, symbols fall into place and whenever players score a win, a cascade payment system is triggered. This sees winning symbols replaced with news ones. This will continue to happen until a losing spin occurs.
To start a spin, players will need to choose their stake by clicking on the bet multiplier option. The minimum that can be wagered here is €0.50, while the maximum is €200, meaning this is definitely a game for those who like to play with higher stakes. There is also an autospin feature that players can use to set the game to take 200 spins. The game can feel a little confusing at first, so feel free to give our Cool Jewels demo a spin for free before you play.
The Cool Jewels video slot is very different from normal slots in that it doesn’t matter what symbols you land. The pay per symbol meter at the left-hand side of the reels will keep track of your payments for each combination. Every time a player lands a winning combination of four or more symbols, it will add ‘slices’ to the pay meter to help you move up. There are 12 total sections in the pay meter, each with a different number of slices required to advance. Whenever you land a win, which consists of four matching symbols, it will pay out whatever the total is that is specified in the pay meter. This will depend on the stake and any multipliers that are active for each spin.
After every cascading avalanche, the pay meter will reset for the following spin. It typically starts at 0.2x for each symbol and goes to 1x for each symbol in a combination.
The main Cool Jewels bonus features are focused on the wild symbols. There are four different types of wilds in the game, each of which is designed to help players secure a big win. The shocking wild will destroy all four lines from its center diagonally, the unstable wild will destroy all icons that are around it, while the shattering wild will destroy all symbols that are horizontal and vertical from its center.
Finally, there is the Persisting Wild, which is created as a result of two wilds combining. This has the quality of the unstable wild but they do not explode until they are at the bottom of the grid or at the end of a winning cascade, effectively providing you with one last chance. As well as this, there are further enchantments attached to the wilds. When Unstable and shattering wilds combine, they leave pink watermarks for the next spin and any symbol that lands in these will explode. Shattering and shocking wilds will leave a blue watermark which will pay out 10x for any symbols that land in that area in a winning combination, and finally, Unstable and shocking will leave a green watermark, which will turn all symbols into wilds that land there.
Another feature we have to cover in this Cool Jewels slot review is the free spins round. Like everything else in this game, the way to trigger this is unconventional. You will need to use the wilds to destroy four or more of the game’s logo symbols to unlock the round, which can be quite tricky. Four symbols will trigger eight free spins, five will trigger 10, while six and seven will get 15 and 20 respectively. The Cool Jewels free spins will take place on an alternate set of reels but the only real difference is the value in the pay meter will stay the same as it was on the spin that triggered the round.
The Cool Jewels RTP is listed in the game as 96.10%. There is no volatility information available in the game. In our experience when playing for this Cool Jewels slot review, we found that the free spins round was hard to launch due to its convoluted triggering requirements, but we did manage to score some fairly decent wins once we got an avalanche going. The wild symbols are definitely your best friends in this game if you want big wins.