Blueprint Gaming’s Wild West prospecting game, the Diamond Mine slot has gold in its sights – with cascading symbols and unlimited win multipliers for those hardy folks who can take on the harsh climate, the rough company and the banjo music!
Diamond Mine is not your usual pay-lines slot game. Here the good ol’ outdoor action is powered by a Megaways mechanism developed with Big Time Gaming. This gizmo is continually rejigging the ways to win stats on each individual spin- now that’s the kind of techy stuff I love as a master of game theory!
Diamond Mine transports its players into a cartoony world of a scrubby desert where a mountain rises up behind the reels and where prickly cacti sit either side of the potential gold rush on the reels. We wouldn’t say the graphics are up there with the likes of the Jungle Jim slot, but they are pretty darn good.
The background to play is the merry clanking of pick axes breaking rock to try to reveal the gold hidden in these here hills! And watch out for the braying of mules and some up tempo banjo play- this game comes with all the sound effects that took me straight into the camp- I’m a primate who’s not averse to making a mint, even in these inhospitable conditions!
Diamond Mine Slot Game Play
Diamond Mine comes with a six reel slot set up where there is a seventh row that comes into play – depending on the size of the icons that land. If the gods of mining are on your side and you use your simian skills you can land the right combo and gain a spiffing 117,649 ways to win- now that’s enough to make a chimp choke!
This is a game from Blueprint – you know those slots wizards who are behind the Fishin’ Frenzy slot and Ted among others.
It’s a motley group of mining paraphernalia that make up the high value icons of play, with a mighty diamond offering the biggest reward for players. Land six diamonds on adjacent reels and feel the thrill of striking it rich with a x50 your wager reward ready for your cash box.
The other high value symbols to watch out for are a gnarly white-haired miner who looks like he’s seen some action (!), a hurricane lantern, and crossed pickaxes.
The Wild is a bundle of lit dynamite which substitutes for all icons except the Scatter which is just what you want to find, a sack of gold no less! But beware, that explosive Wild only lands on the special top row of the frame and is part of the crazy cascading symbols feature.
The Ace through 9 of the card deck make up the lower value symbols of play.
Diamond Mine comes with one of my favourite features, cascading symbols. Just land a winning combo on the reels and once you’ve made that win all the icons will cascade down to make a new combo which could make you further wins- this potentially lucrative feature can keep going until it stops producing wins for you.
And better still this money spinning feature is also active in the free spins. I say! I haven’t had this much excitement since I played the Jack Hammer slot which is another good ‘un.
For those of you who love a surprise (it’s hard to surprise a smart simian like me) then keep a watch for the Mystery Symbol – a worrying barrel of explosive TNT! Surprisingly this icon isn’t going to have you running for cover, when it lands it transforms into another icon to try to make you winning combos.
It’s the free spins element of Diamond Mine which is where you can make your prospecting fortune. Land four Scatters across the reels and earn a healthy 12 free spins. For each further Scatter you land, you gain five free spins. Within the feature itself Scatters only land on that special top row, but if Luck’s on your side and you land 3 or 4 Scatters there’s five or ten additional spins just for little ole’ you!
This is also where the cascading feature becomes more lucrative for each of the cascade wins you manage, a x1 multiplier is added to each further win. Surely that’s worth opening the bubbly for?
The Monkey Verdict
The Diamond Mine slot doesn’t need you to get your hands too dirty to unearth your fortune. Diamond Mine isn’t the most complex of slots, but with the cascading symbols, the Mystery Symbol and the progressive multiplier potential it’ worth a spin