Deco Diamonds Deluxe (Just For The Win): Overview
Can the gaming world handle one more take on the fruit slot genre? After playing Deco Diamonds Deluxe by Just for the Win, it seems like the answer is - sort of. To be fair, the fruit slot label must be used in a broad sense with Deco Diamonds Deluxe because it has so much going for it that it almost transcends the genre.
Viscerally, Just for the Win has created a good looking slot – it is an improvement over the original while still looking very similar. True to its name, the game has a fabulous Art Deco vibe that would make Jay Gatsby proud. Then there is the music. We are struggling to think of a slot’s soundtrack that has such a party atmosphere to it. If this is what they were listening to back in the day, it’s no wonder they called it the Roaring 20s. This thing bops and dives and even manages to step it up a gear during bonus sections and big payouts.
The action happens on a 5x3 grid with a manageable 9 paylines. Symbols come in two sizes – regular 1x1 tiles and reel covering 1x3 size. If you have played Ruby Casino Queen, a previous Just for the Win release, the look of the reels and menu will be familiar. Where Ruby Casino Queen was slightly more miss than hit, Deco Diamonds Deluxe manages to flip this dynamic nicely.
The game is of very high volatility, but does carry a low maximum payout that might be enough to put off hardcore jackpot fans, but casual gamers can look past that, particularly with an RTP rating of 96.12% with the boost button engaged.
Indeed, casual gaming starts at 10 c/p per spin and maxes out at £/€50, initially. Engage the Just for the Boost button and bets cost 50% extra (with no effect on symbol value). Symbols are bold and colourful, which is what fruity style slots need to be. The paytable begins with diamond-encrusted cherries, plums, lemons and watermelons worth 0.6x – 12.5 the stake. The 1x3 symbols are the big payers – bells, sevens, and diamonds worth 0.5x (for two diamonds) up to 100x the wager. The Deco Diamonds Deluxe logo is the highest paying symbol with x1 for two up to 1,000x for five of a kind.
Deco Diamonds Deluxe (Just For The Win): Features
On the left-hand side of the screen is the Just for the Boost button. Hitting this increases the RTP rating by engaging a Nudge feature. When the Deco Diamonds symbol lands just off the grid, it will be nudged into play. It increases the bet by 50% but consider it because the Deco Diamonds symbol is the key to the game and the more it lands, the more extra features are launched.
Firstly, the Deco Diamonds Deluxe symbol is wild and substitutes for any of the pay symbols. If two or more land they trigger a Respin while locking the reels they sit on. If more Deco Diamonds Deluxe symbols land, they trigger more respins. As they build up, they can also trigger the Bonus Wheel which comes in three forms.
- 3 symbols = Silver level with prizes of 5x, 8x, 18x, 58x, and 80x the stake.
- 4 symbols = Gold level with prizes of 8x, 18x, 58x, 98x, and 588x the stake.
- 5 symbols = Diamond level with prizes of 18x, 58x, 98x, 588x and 1,000x the stake.
Prizes are calculated against the base bet level even if you are paying extra for the boost button.
Deco Diamonds Deluxe (Just For The Win): Verdict
For the most part, Deco Diamonds Deluxe is an ok slot. Where it loses out and will drop punters, is in the relatively low winnings potential of 1,000x the wager at best. If the goal was to create a fun-filled, carefree game, then mission accomplished but it is unlikely that Just for the Win set out to please the big money crowd with Deco Diamonds Deluxe as the prizes on offer are far too low.
Overall, the mix of big symbols, the Boost button, respins, and the 3 bonus wheels all revolve around the logo symbol and give the slot a great flow. The soundtrack has a huge impact on the overall package and makes playing Deco Diamonds Deluxe more fun to play than it otherwise would have been. However, the one thing you can’t accuse Deco Diamonds Deluxe of though is being original. It's extremely close to the first Deco Diamonds in look, sounds, and style. Ultimately, there's simply not enough added appeal to make it an interesting upgrade. It could have been a great follow up, yet Deco Diamonds Deluxe lacks the oompf and magnetism needed to hook us.
The average hardcore gamer just isn’t going to find Deco Diamonds Deluxe all that engaging or exciting.