Diamond Vortex: Overview
Swedish developer Play’n GO certainly goes for grid slots, and on the whole, they have been hugely successful. One of the benefits of using this format is the flexibility it affords. From the volcanic shaped shenanigans of Gold Volcano to the 5x5 madness of Moon Princess, you can choose pretty much any form you like. This time, Play’n GO dust off their draft rulers to create the hexagonally shaped Diamond Vortex.
Diamond Vortex isn’t the first time the studio has used a hexagon. It also turned up in bee infested slot Honey Rush, both games arranging the grid in a 4-5-6-7-6-5-4 row formation. Now, instead of being set in the deep woods, Diamond Vortex is located off-world in deep space before a swirling nebula. In some ways, Diamond Vortex lacks the warmth of Honey Rush, but does have a charm of its own, nonetheless.
Playable from 20 p/c up to £/€100 per spin, across a range of devices, Diamond Vortex benefits from a default RTP of 96.20%, though operators can alter this so you may come across lower settings. Not that we need to tell you, but it always pays to check to make sure you’re getting the best version. The other piece of the math model puzzle is volatility, rated 7 out of 10 by the developer, or medium/high.
The aim of the game is to form clusters of identical symbols for a winner. At least 6 or more connected matching symbols constitute a cluster, which is then removed from the board to let new symbols cascade into the gaps. This creates more chances to win and continues to do so as long as winners continue to land. Multiple clusters of the same symbol type which are not connecting are paid as separate cluster wins.
The symbols involved are an odd lot, possessing a faint fruit look despite being chunks of interstellar rock. Low pays are 4 single pieces painted in various colours, while the high pays are made up of 4 larger quartz-like chunks. Values range from 10x for a group of 35+ low pays, up to 100x for 35 or more of the pinky premium.
Diamond Vortex: Features
Okay players, prepare for a bit of a feature overload. As is usually the case, these things are a lot easy to grasp in action than the written word, but let’s give it a crack regardless.
First, the game board is made up of three concentric rings, each one containing a Spot and a Zone. Zones are fixed in place at the top of each ring, while Spots begin at the bottom and rotate as win sequences occur until they reach a Zone.
On every win, the Rotate feature is triggered. This mechanic moves the innermost ring clockwise, the centre ring anti-clockwise, and the outer ring also clockwise. Non-winning symbols move with the rings before new symbols are dropped into the gaps. Kind in mind Spots move, but Zones never do.
Diamond Vortex includes two different wilds – a standard Core Wild and a Sticky Wild. There is just one Core Wild which sits in the middle of the grid, while Sticky Wilds may be added during cascades. When a Sticky Wild is used in a win, it remains on the grid, but hops to a new ring, closer to the Core Wild.
Whenever a Sticky Wild hops onto the Core Wild, the Consume feature is activated. Now, the game’s win multiplier is increased by +1 for each consumed Sticky Wild, up to a maximum of x20. This win multiplier is applied to any wins involving the Core Wild. On a fresh base game spin, the multiplier resets to x1.
Next, whenever one of those Spots makes it to a Zone, it triggers the Transform feature. This feature transforms all symbols on its respective ring into the same matching pay symbol. All rings can technically transform at the same time, filling the grid with the same symbol. On a new base game spin, Spots return to the bottom of the hex.
The last feature before we take a short breather is a triggered round of free spins. Whenever a bonus symbol is rotated into a Zone, it awards 5 free spins. During the bonus round, Spots do not return to their starting position between spins, nor does the Core Wild Multiplier reset. Bonus symbols can still make it to Zones, adding 5 free spins each time they do.
Diamond Vortex: Verdict
Well, there was a fair amount to get through there, so hopefully we didn’t lose too many of you along the way. As mentioned, any questions will quickly be resolved in practice, as Play’n GO has wrapped the disparate elements into one coherently enjoyable package. Diamond Vortex is ideal for those after a sophisticated grid slot that gets on a great roll when all of its parts converge.
In the looks department, Diamond Vortex is a sort of mash-up of Honey Rush and Starburst with its similarly minimalist, galactic vibe. It not brutally volatile either, which these grid slots rarely are, so might suit players who prefer a slightly more forgiving math model.
At the end of the cosmic night, Diamond Vortex is another highly competent grid slot from the Play’n GO team with decent potential of up to 5,000 times the stake. Each aspect has been cleverly designed to work together, taking players ever closer to an intoxicating climax. It is certainly capable of doing what a grid slot should; namely, chain wins together into long rolls where features pop, intertwine, and substantial wins are possible.
Diamond Vortex is a highly capable slot that should satisfy any player after some busy grid-based action full of features.