Jewel in the Crown is a 5 reel, 10 +3 payline slot powered by Barcrest. Available to play on desktop, mobile and tablet devices from 10p to £500 per spin, this jewel themed offering has plenty offer where you hope to bring home the Crown Jewels. In terms of bonus features, there’s plenty to get your hands on.
Visually, it’s a sparkly affair – set against a rich velvet drape backdrop, symbols on the reels include and a selection of jewels including playing cards A, K, Q, J and 10. Graphically, it’s not as high definition as other slots you’ll see around as it’s quite typical of what you will find for a Barcrest-powered game.
There is also a Crown symbol which is the scatter – 3 of these on reels 2, 3 and 4 (the 3 middle ones) will trigger the Free Spins feature and with it, 10 free spins. As a result, the symbol in the blue Crown becomes wild. The symbol in the red Crown then becomes Mega Stacked!
If the symbols in both the red and blue Crowns are the same, they will become Mega Stacked Wilds for the duration of the feature. The good news is that you can win more free spins during the feature – 1 Crown landing on reels 2, 3 or 4 will give you 1 extra free spin whilst 2 Crowns gives you 3 extra free spins. If you manage to get 3 Crowns on the middle 3 reels, you will get an additional 8 free spins.
As for the wild symbol, it substitutes for all symbols except the Crown and is only active during the feature. Now, it playing at £2 per spin or more, all wins pay adjacent becomes active – all awards (except the scatter) pay for and adjacent winning combinations.
As with other Barcrest slots, there’s a Big Bet feature – a Big Bet game consists of 5 linked spins at a higher stake. At £20, you get 5 linked spins with the Crowning Glory Trail feature activated – each Crown is added to the Crowning Glory Trail except when free spins are activated.
If you reach position 4 on the trail at the end of the £20 or £30 Big Bet game, you will get 1 free spin with trail held. The £30 Big Bet game also benefits from stacked jewels. If you reach position 6 on the trail at the end of the £20 or £50 Big Bet game, you will get 8 free spins – which resets the trail.
There is also the £50 Big Bet game where the Super Crowning Glory Trail feature is triggered – Crowns (without triggering the free spins) adds the crown to the trail. You will also get stacked jewels here. If you reach position 5 on the trail, you will get 8 free spins – if you reach position 6, you will get 16 free spins.
Finally, the return to player % (RTP) increases the higher your stake – the RTP for the Big Bet feature is 98% whilst it’s 94% for under £2 per spin. If over £2 a spin, it’s at 96%. Jewel in the Crown may sound complicated but it’s pretty straightforward once you get going – it’s a medium variance game with a max win of 500 times your stake. In all fairness, it’s a decent game but there are better Barcrest games out there, like Rainbow Riches Reels of Gold which has been given the WMS/Colossal Reels treatment.