Deco Diamonds Slots
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and while we were never able to confirm that statement, we can’t say we haven’t met a woman whose eyes didn’t sparkle as much as that very same diamond when it was offered to them. That said, while there’s certainly a love for diamonds, we don’t think anyone ever went as far as to put diamonds into their fruit, but it just goes to show you how extravagant some people are living. Deco Diamonds by Just For the Win harkens back to the old days of fruit machines with a fresh coat of paint. It offers gamblers 5 reels and 9 paylines, with plenty of Wilds to be found laying scattered about the playing field. No such luck finding Scatters, however! Instead, the special features of this JFTW release are locked behind getting the aforementioned Wilds. You need at least two or more at once to get the re-spins, and if you want to try your luck at the bonus wheel you’ll need at least three up at once. However, winning more allows you to skip ahead to the stronger version of that same bonus, which can reward more cash at once.
How to PlayThis being the first release launched on the Microgaming platform in 2018, we had a bit higher expectations than what we ended up getting. The graphics certainly look good, and the upbeat music is great to listen to, even if it does just end up looping over and over in a very noticeable manner. However, we wanted something that was a bit more than just a touched up fruit slot. There’s no denying it has its charm, but there are some things we aren’t quite sure of, such as the fact the desktop version seems to be using the same UI as the mobile one. It works decent enough, but it leaves too much backdrop on both top and bottom as a result. On the gameplay side of things, it sits at a high volatility level which makes you grind before you start seeing larger wins. It is the epitome of a bonus chaser, as without the Bonus Wheel it is rather difficult to get to those big wins. The re-spin bonus, while useful, fails to really live up to the same money making potential, but as a result, it’s easier to trigger. So if you plan to give Deco Diamonds a try, we suggest bringing a spending budget, and playing accordingly.
Betting Options and PayoutYou can play this Microgaming release from $0.10 up to $50 per spin, which will no doubt appease gamblers on the lower end who don’t have that much money to sink into their hobby. That said, with the high volatility and the focus on special features, it certainly seems to be more geared towards the gamblers who can bet more and win a lot as a result. It takes a while to pick up steam, as the bonuses remain elusive until everything lines up. With Wilds being the system of activation, you can often see one, but even two or more at once can be difficult to catch.
Symbols and Extra FeaturesEveryone likes diamonds, but this game might take love for diamonds to a level that’s not too healthy. We are next to certain that putting them in your food is asking for trouble, but there’s no denying it makes for a captivating sight, while injecting regular old fruit symbols with a fresh coat of paint. Alongside fruits, you also have bells, lucky sevens and diamonds, and the slot’s logo that acts as a Wild. When it comes to special features, there are two worth mentioning. The first is a re-spin, activated when two, three or four Deco Diamond symbols appear at the same time. Getting additional Wilds during the re-spin will grant another re-spin. It ends when you don’t get any additional Wilds, at which point you either go back to normal gameplay or you activate the Bonus Wheel. For the Bonus Wheel, you need to win at least three Wilds at the same time, but you’ll ideally want more. Not only because it pays a lot more from the get-go, but it moves you up into higher tiers. For three Wilds, you spin at Silver level, four grants you Gold level, and five Diamond level. If you get one of the lower levels, however, don’t fret. You can still move up to a higher level by winning an upgrade from the Bonus Wheel. Alternatively, you win cash rewards, with a 1,000x bet being the highest at the Diamond Wheel level.
Our VerdictWhile it wasn’t the mind-blowing entry into 2018 we were hoping for, it was an enjoyable high volatility title from JFTW and Microgaming. The art style certainly seems to be a more interesting revision of the old fruit machine name, the upbeat music sets the mood really well and when you win prizes, you usually end up winning big. It’s not a must play, but we’d recommend giving it a try if you want something new to gamble with.
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