Diamond Empire Online Slot Review
Diamond Empire is the next slot in line to be launched by Microgaming partners Triple Edge Studios after having released Playboy Gold, a game that fell flat and never stood a chance to live up to it's popular predecessor Playboy. This one however is looking a bit more interesting.
Diamond Empire has an Art Nouveau type of theme, a nice relaxing soundtrack and an all around classy feel to it. It's a simplistic slot, having a setup of 3 reels, 3 rows and 15 paylines, and a betsize that range from €0,15 up to €15 per spin. It's possible that the relatively low max bet is due to the huge potential of this game. More on that later.
There are 5 regular symbols represented by single bars, double bars, triple bars, Cherries and Sevens, with the most valuable of these being the Sevens returning you 5,33 times the stake for a full line. These symbols alone are obviously not that interesting and that's where the diamonds come to use.
The 2x diamond symbol is a combined multiplier and wild and substitutes for all symbols except the Scatter. If you would happen to land 2 regular symbols together with a diamond symbol, the win will be multiplied by 2x. If you land 1 regular symbol with 2 diamond symbols it will be multiplied by 4. A full line of diamonds is not multiplied however but check this out...
If we have calculated this correctly, and we think we have, a full line of diamonds pays roughly 666,33 times the stake, which means that if you would happen to land a full screen (15 paylines) of diamonds you would get a return of 10,000 times the stake!
Landing three Scatter symbols will take you to the bonus game where you will get 1 spin on the bonus wheel. On the wheel there are a number of multiplier wins with the top prize being the 888x multiplier. The win you get on the wheel will then be multiplied by your bet size.
Simplistic games like this may not appeal to everyone, especially those who enjoy busy games, and yes, this game would be a sleeping pill if not for the sweet 10,000x potential.
The main game gets a bit redundant after a while, and even though the bonus game is far from impossible to trigger (in fact, most of the winnings seem to be allocated to the wheel), it is over before you can blink, and as is the case with most bonus wheels players will likely get the impression it's rigged, always one away from the big award.
Speaking of being rigged, looking at the reels there appears to be a whole lot of diamond symbols passing by, yet for some reason they never seem to land of the paylines...argh...
This is quite a volatile slot so expect a whole bunch of dead spins while waiting for that monster win to hit!