Like all BlueGem slot titles, Alawin relies on a simple, standard reel layout and some useful bonus features to make it an exciting slots game, but what really sets it apart is the intricate beauty of the design, in the graphics and the background. In a Middle Eastern city where palms, arches and towers are framed by a brilliant blue sky, two tall stone minarets topped with onion domes flank the five reels.
A hookah and several luxury carpets complete the picture, while alongside the reels stands Alawin; just a simple peasant boy who happens to own a flying carpet and a magic lamp, but who is in no way related to any copyrighted Disney characters. The music makes use of the pipes and strings popular in Arabic music, which adds to the ambience.
Two More Bonus Features
There are two other Alawin icons that trigger bonus features: a magic carpet, and Alawin and his lamp. The magic carpet appears only on Reels 1, 3 and 5, but three of a kind will trigger the Click Me Game. The player is then faced with a selection of symbols, from which they must pick one to reveal a bonus prize.
Alawin and his lamp is the other bonus symbol symbol; when it appears on three reels, it activates the Feature Bonus. The player is then faced with fifteen wicker baskets, and they must pick the one to open, hopefully revealing a prize or multiplier, along with a traditional snake-charmer’s cobra. The round continues as long as each new pick scores a prize. When the player opens a basket that reveals the word Collect, the round is over and the total prize is calculated, including any multipliers.
20 Paylines and Double-Up Option
Alawin features 20 paylines, and players can bet between 0.01 and 1.00 per line in the preferred currency.
There is also a Double-Up Feature, which allows a player to gamble any win in the hope of doubling it.
Seven Ordinary Symbols in Base Play
Like a number of BlueGem slot titles, Alawin does not use many ordinary symbols, which already increases the potential for winning combinations. Alawin also supplements this potential with a variety of bonuses. Of the seven icons used, five are the Poker symbols, 10 to A, rendered in a curved, flowing script against a desert city backdrop that is also in keeping with the theme. The top prize at this level is 150X the line bet, for five As.
The next symbol is a view of Alawin’s palace, and an Arabic dagger protruding from desert sands is the highest-value symbol. The dagger wins 75X the line bet for three of a kind, 500X the line bet for four of a kind, and 800X the line bet for five of a kind, if that combination includes one or more Wilds. The Wild symbol is an amusing vendor character from the bazaar, whose turban animates if he is involved in a win.
Huge Progressive Jackpots can be Won
Another feature that sets Alawin apart among BlueGem slots is the progressive jackpot, which only a few titles offer. The jackpot prize can grow to be worth millions, but to win it, players need a payline with five matching daggers, and no Wilds.