Arizona Diamonds (Stakelogic): Overview
Stakelogic's previous release had players digging up oil out West in a bid to become a tycoon. They clearly liked the scenery there because Arizona Diamonds is situated in a similar part of the USA. This time the focus is on appreciating the beauty of nature rather than drilling holes in it. Arizona might not be an area that is well known for diamond production, but it is full of nature. Yes, the American plains are back, so expect squads of wild animals, stampedes, and wide-open vistas. This part of the world has been the backdrop of many slots, so it takes something pretty special to stand out. Let’s see what Arizona Diamonds has got that the others don't.
The first stab at originality involves the Quattro engine. Arizona Diamonds uses a 5-reel, 4-row grid and why spin just one grid when you can spin 2, 3, or even 4? The game gives you the chance to do that by hitting the little number at the bottom right of the reels. Coin values can be set from 0.01 to 1 which is multiplied by the 40 bet lines to provide total stakes of 40 p/c up to £/€40 per spin. Sorry to state the obvious, but for clarity's sake, the bet level is multiplied by how many grids are in play. Despite the increase to the spin price, there is no change to the value of symbol combinations when using more grids. Arizona Diamonds comes with a decent RTP rating of 96.21%, teamed up with medium volatility.
The symbols fit right into the theme for the most part. One the small side are the ubiquitous J - A symbols where three of a kind or more makes a winning combo. The higher paying picture symbols are a little different. There are two sets - one with just one animal on each, and another set which has two animals on each and counts as two single symbols. Hopefully, that makes sense. What it means is that these picture symbols payout when 5 - 10 of a kind land. Since there are only 5 reels, you will need to land those double symbols for better wins. The animals involved are icons of the range such as wolves, pumas, bears, eagles and buffalo. Buffaloes are best, but not by much, at a measly 5 times the stake for 10 across a full payline. The logo symbol is the wild and appears on every reel. It can be used to form winners with any of the base game pay symbols. It is also worth up to 12.5 times the stake for five of a kind.
Arizona Diamonds (Stakelogic): Features
Diamonds had to play a part somewhere, and they do so as the game's scatter. The aim is to land 4 of them stacked on the first reel. If they do that they lock into place while the other reels on that grid respin. If more diamonds land they are locked in placed and the reels keep spinning. This continues until no diamonds land or the grid is covered by 15 diamond symbols which award 15 free spins.
During Free Spins, if 4 identical high pay symbols land stacked on the first reel they trigger the Lock and Spin Bonus feature. If for example, it was 4 bears, then any other bear symbol or wild is locked while the remaining tiles respin. This continues until no more bears or wilds land or the grid is full. In this way, there can be respins on multiple free spins which adds significant game time to the bonus spins.
Stakelogic have tacked one more feature onto the game, and that is a gamble feature. After each win, players can collect or risk it for more. Like most of these gamble features, choose the right card colour to double your money, or the right suit to quadruple it. Get it wrong, and you lose whatever you had won. There are definitely mixed feelings on these gamble features but if you do want to give it a crack then make sure to spin manually. The option is not available when auto spin is engaged.
Arizona Diamonds (Stakelogic): Verdict
At the core of this game lies the Quattro system. Without it engaged, Arizona Diamonds makes for rather generic gameplay. So does activating the Quattro system increase the appeal? Well, for some it might make it a bit more bearable, but for us it didn't do much. Ultimately, the Quattro system comes across as a primitive approach and adding more grids seems like a cheap trick. Moreover, if you decide to only activate 2 out of the 4 grids, for example, the remaining 2 grids are left open for you to see what you're missing out on. Thanks for that.
In terms of potential, that part is about as mediocre as the game itself. The most you can hope to land in a single spin in any of the grids is 1,000 times the stake. It doesn't sound terrible, but that would require you to land a full screen of wilds. Arizona Diamonds is obviously not a game in which to chase life-changing wins. With relatively gentle volatility and its steady stream of small, but frequent payouts, it's a game that will suit recreation players more than hardcore gamers.
After the highly volatile, high potential of Strikelogic's previous release Black Gold Megaways, we are on much softer ground with Arizona Diamonds. If the American wilderness does appeal but you are put off by Arizona Diamonds’ stats, a good alternative is Buffalo Rising Megaways. It uses much the same imagery as Arizona Diamonds, but possesses an edgier game engine and math model while offering much better potential.
Arizona Diamonds relies too heavily on the Quattro engine which, unfortunately, is too weak to carry the game.