Because Eastern Emeralds is a new slot machine from Quickspin, we decided to spend a couple of hours with it and give you the low down on what it's like. So we loaded it up with 1,000 credits, and played for one credit a spin for about two hours. Now we'll let you know what it's like to play it.
We are not sure why this is called Eastern Emeralds when emeralds are not a big feature of the game. The main symbols are the royal cards, and various Chinese-inspired animal figurines made of gold. We thought the emeralds would come up in the bonus game, but no luck. This is not by any stretch a complaint about the game, but something we found odd.
Wilds have multipliers attached to them. Most wild card wins come with the 2x wild, which doubles your winnings. The wild cards do go up to five times your winnings, however. With the 4x wild, we managed to win 9.50 on a one-credit bet, which is much better than most slot machines pay off. There is one wild without a multiplier attached, but it was rare and did not deliver us any wins. A combination win with the 3x wild and the 4x wild triggered a “Big Win” screen, and rewarded us with 25.50 credits. A big win indeed!
When you manage to get three Bonus icons from a spin, the screen changes to a board that reads, “Choose Your Destiny.” At that point, you have to choose between six free spins with an up to 1,680x multiplier, nine free spins with an up to 840x multiplier, 12 free spins with an up to 360x multiplier, or 15 free spins with an up to 120x multiplier. We picked nine free spins. This netted us a win of 31 credits. The big multipliers did not come up, and we imagine they are fairly rare.
Most wins come from the various wilds. Although, that said, there were a few straight face-card wins. This is a fairly low variance game. As we said, we started out with 1,000 credits. We never went below 975 credits, and never above 1,017 credits. That means the wins come small but fairly often. This is a good game you could kick back with for a couple of hours and not lose much money on. You probably won't win much money either, but that's how low variance games roll.
There is an auto spin feature that we tried out after an hour and a half of gameplay. You can set it to up to 1,000 spins while you just chill out. We didn't want to go that far, so we set it at 25 spins. The spins went super fast. Even when we got a win, it just flashed the number on the screen for a second and then went back to spinning. We would have preferred a system that told us what our winnings were over more time. Again, however, this all comes down to a matter of personal choice.
All in all, Eastern Emeralds is a nice little game. It doesn't deliver huge wins. But it doesn't deliver huge losses, either. While we like higher variance games, we understand they are not for everyone. By lowering the variance, they open up the game for more casual players. Of course, a more serious player could, for example, chance the 1,680x win during the free spins round.
We give it five stars. It's fun to play, won't break the bank, and does offer the chance for a big win. You could do a lot worse that Eastern Emeralds. And if anyone can figure out why that's the name of the game, let us know!