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Beetle Jewels Slot Game Review

A lush tropical forest at dusk is our destination for the recently launched Beetle Jewels game from iSoftBet.

Many will be unfamiliar with this game provider, so it’s interesting to see how they compare against the big hitters of the industry.

The name of this slot takes a very literal approach to the game, as the game features half-beetle, half-jewel symbols as the four highest value symbols.

There are also basic 10 to A symbols to make up the set of 9 regular game icons.

The graphics are nicely rendered, although they don’t feature the animations which are a hallmark of many recent release slots these days.

Features

  • Game: Beetle Jewels
  • Date: Mar 2017
  • Provider: iSoftBet
  • Genre: Nature
  • Paylines: 10
  • Max Coins Win: 5,000
  • RTP: 96.4%
  • Variance: Medium

Low Cost Slot Gaming

This is not a game for players who want to get involved in some high-stakes spinning. Bets per line range from 1c to €1, and given that there are just 10 pay-lines it means you cannot spend morethan a tenner per spin.

A far cry from those slots which allow players to risk hundreds on the spin of the reels. This explains why the maximum payout is also a pretty low 5,000.

The scatter symbol is another jewel/insect hybrid, but is larger than the others so that it stands out from the other bugs. This symbol also acts as a wild, replacing all the others.

Expanding Symbols

If three, four or five scatters show up you are awarded 10 free spins, so nothing extra for more than three scatters. The free spins can be re-triggered though, which is some compensation.

During the free spin rounds there is one extra little feature to bring something different to the table. One special symbol is randomly selected out of the 9 regular symbols.

If you manage to get sufficient symbols on the reels these will expand out over the reels to form winning combos. They don’t even need to be in adjacent reels in order to pay out.

Beetle Jewels is a competently designed game, with the nice little expanding symbol in bonus rounds a nice addition.

The style of animation moves away from cartoonish bugs for more ‘realistic’ jewel-bugs.

This removes the possibility of allowing for the kind of comic-book animation found in many popular slots, and thus gives the game a flat kind of feel.

No Attention Grabber

The auto spin feature allows players to spin between 5 and 100 times automatically, but if you choose a 1c line bet then you’re never going to risk more than 10c a go. This is a nice little gamefor those who want some casual slots action, although unfortunately, the theme may prove a little off-putting.

There is nothing to grab the attention here, no special bonus rounds or random features, just the expanding symbols in the free spin rounds to provide a spark of interest.

When a (relatively) new games provider really wants to take on the big boys it must provide something we haven’t seen before.

Yggdrasil is a good example of a company that has taken that kind of risk,
but Beetle Jewel is a pretty standard offering from iSoftBet.
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