A mystical woodland is the setting for Magic Gems, a 5 reel, 40 payline video slot from Leander Games. The fairy-themed favourite comes with exploding chains (tumbling reels by any other name) as well as a free spins bonus round. Stakes start at 40p going up to £400 per spin.

Magic Gems has a fairly tranquil feel – the reels are set against magical forest backdrop complete with toadstools and treehouses (think the Shire from The Lord of the Rings films). The reels feature playing card symbols from A to 9, as well a trio of gemstones. Look out for the red ruby, green emerald and shiny white diamond. The latter is the biggest payer, offering 500 times your line bet if you find 5 in a payline. The fairy is the wild, substituting for everything apart from the bonus.

Magic Gems comes with Exploding Chains technology – also known as cascading or tumbling reels, following every successful spin the winning symbols will be blasted away and replaced by the symbols directly above offering a second chance of a win. The exploding chains keep on coming as long as there’s a winning combination on show, offering chances to bag a win without eating into your paid spins.

Keep a special eye out for the treasure chest symbol – when it hits on reels 1, 2 and 3 you’ll trigger the Free Spins Bonus feature and be awarded 10 free games. The exploding chains apply during the feature round so if you get on a roll you can extend those bonus games significantly.

If the fairy wild hits during the free spins, it will be frozen in place as the exploding chain takes place and remain there for the remainder of the feature as long as there’s a winning combination on show. This is where the big wins will come from.

Magic Gems is pretty standard fare – the visuals are nicely done, complemented by the fluttering fairy whose handclaps signify the exploding chains. The soundtrack is soothing, something you might hear having a treatment at a health spa. Don’t expect anything too explosive on the sound and imagery front.

The same goes for the features – they’re perfectly solid without offering anything too spectacular. If you enjoy the magical setting and the fairy theme, you’ll find much to enjoy here. If the genre is something you like, you definitely like WMS Gaming’s Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers.