Published: 30/01/2013

The original tile-matching puzzle video game called “Bejeweled” was developed for play in computer browsers in 2001. It went on to become one of history’s most enduring video game franchises, selling over 75 million copies and downloaded more that 150 million times. It certainly stands to reason that it would also make a good subject for a slot game, and that’s exactly what was developed by Orbis OpenBet Technologies for online casinos like Bet365 and BetVictor.

The game screen features a 5x5 matrix of jewel positions with ten paylines, five vertical and five horizontal. The gemstones drop down from the top of the screen to fill all of the vacant positions. Whenever three or more of the same jewel appear in a row, either vertically or horizontally, a cash prize is won.

Next, the jewels in the winning alignment disappear and new gems drop down to replace them. The cascading continues in this manner until there are no more winning combinations to cause jewels to disappear. Certainly, the visual action and accompanying sound effects are high among the reasons this game has been so popular for so long.

The Bejeweled control panel is located across the bottom of the screen. On the far left is the Autoplay feature, with +/- toggles flanking a counter. The toggles can be used to set the number of automated spins between 1 and 99. The Autoplay function can be turned off at any time by clicking on the adjacent “Stop” button

Next to the Autoplay section is the Paytable button. Clicking on it will display all of the available jewel symbols and their values. The lowest ranking of the gems are the Purple Triangle, Green Octagon, Orange Hexagon and Yellow Square, each worth line multipliers of 3X, 5X or 10X whenever 3, 4 or 5 appear in a row, anywhere on any payline. A rank above them are the Silver Octagons paying 5X, 10X or 20X for alignments, and the Red Square worth 20X, 50X or 100X.

The highest ranking of the common jewels is the Blue Diamond. It pays 100X, 200X or 500X each time 3, 4 or 5 of them appear on a payline in sequence. There is also a wild gem available—the rainbow-coloured Bejeweled Logo. It substitutes for any of the other symbols on any payline. If five Bejeweled Logos appear in sequence on any of the paylines 1~9, the payout is 1000X. However, if the five Bejeweled Logos come up on the tenth payline, the game’s Super Jackpot is won, worth 20000X.

There is also one secondary Jackpot in the Bejeweled slot game, and it is valued as a line multiplier of 8000X. It can only be won by catching five matching jewels on the fifth (vertical) payline plus another five gemstone matches on one of the five (horizontal) paylines, 6~10.

To the right of the Paytable button on the control panel is a button marked “Win Patterns.” It can be used to display a visual countdown of the ten paylines in order from 1 to 10. Note that each payline has an associated sound that it makes whenever a win occurs there.

There are three ways to select which paylines to play. Clicking on the up/down toggles next to the “Lines” counter under column four of the matrix is the easiest way to choose from 1 to 10 paylines. Alternatively, clicking on the numbered circular buttons around the frame of the matrix will accomplish the same purpose. Otherwise, clicking on “Max Bet” to the right of the fifth row of jewels will set the number of paylines at 10.

To adjust the amount wagered, use the up/down toggles next to the “Bet” indicator in the right corner of the screen. The minimum bet per line is €0.05 and the maximum is €5.00, making the limit on the total wager €50.

Along the right side of the screen from top to bottom are windows for “Line Win,” “Paid” and “Total Bet. The “Play” button is at the lower right. Above the display at the upper right are indicators for “Balance,” “Stake” and “Paid.” There is also an “Options” tab for setting “Sound” and graphic “Quality,” just above the first column of jewels.

Published on: 30/01/2013

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