In June 2020, Quickspin invited players, ‘to go hunting for bling ‘with the release of Arcane Gems. Boasting Adjacent Pay, Arcane Lock Mechanics and Arcane Multipliers, the slot has a maximum payout of 5,625x total bet!
3-D High Definition
Although this game is designed in high definition 3-D, the effort seemed somewhat muted due to the simple visuals that for the most part failed to exploit the design. In fact, ‘bling’ is probably not the best adjective to describe the slot, though this is not to suggest it is terrible by any means.
Embedded within a metallic box lies the playing area of this 5×3 (reels/rows) and 9 paylines (adjacent pay) slot. The story of the box and gems inside forms part of the ‘arcane’ or mystery. The symbols begin with 5 high-wins made from larger gemstones of different colours and shapes. On the other hand, the low-wins symbols consist of four smaller gems of different colours cut into the 4 different playing card suits.
Arcane Lock Mechanics
The Arcane Lock Mechanics is a feature that is triggered with a payline win of 3+ symbols. The highest-winning symbols freeze in place while the other symbols participate in a re-spin which can continue indefinitely provided that more of the same symbol lands and also freeze in place. The win is calculated only at the end of the feature.
When a column is fully stacked with frozen symbols as part of the Arcane Lock Mechanics, a random Arcane multiplier of 2x-5x is applied. The multiplier of all columns is added together to arrive at the final multiplier of up to 25x. A full screen of stacked identical symbols has a maximum payout of 5,625x bet.
Arcane Gems: Slot Summary
Arcane Gems slot has an RTP of 96.05% and medium volatility. You can adjust your bet level from 0.10 to 50, and play it from home on your Windows desktop or on the go using your Android/iOS smartphone.
The potential payout of 5,625x bet would seem disproportionately high for a medium volatility slot which is definitely a plus. With just two features, the slot may quickly lose its appeal, and we wish that the developer had included wilds considering that the game only comes with 9 paylines, albeit with adjacent pay instead of left to right.
One of the big selling points of the slot was its 3-D graphics which as we mentioned seemed a little redundant given the rather simple nature of the symbols. To be fair, the developer did a better job on the background. Outside of the 3-D graphics, nothing about this game reinvents the wheel. While the payout potential is high, we found that cracking 20x bet difficult, despite the decent hit rate of the features and adjacent pay mechanics.
Arguably, the slot will appeal to players who enjoy its simplicity and perhaps like that there is no need to wait for free spins to collect noteworthy payouts.
If you’re ready for the arcane, then we’ll point you in the right direction!