This latest Microgaming-exclusive video slot was created by Just For The Win (JFTW) and is a throwback to the old days of classic slots – with a few modern twists. There are 5 reels instead of 3, for a start, as well as a cracking bonus wheel round.
The symbols are all those you’d expect: cherries, bells, 7’s, other fruit, and, of course, diamonds. The graphics are deliberately made to look just slightly less crisp than some new titles, but that’s part of the appeal. You’re transported back in time, but with all the luxuries of online play. The 7’s are the highest-paying regular symbols, while the diamonds allow you to unlock the bonus wheel for the big money.
As we’ve said, the slot is designed to be old-school. There’s no fancy location changes or frills, just a gold-and-red slot machine with glowing symbols and a cheesy soundtrack. It’s good, harmless fun.
Gameplay and Layout
Unlike many modern games, the slot fills the entire screen, with soft overlays on the side for the spin, bet amount and settings buttons. Your balance, bet amount and winnings are all displayed at the bottom of the reels in clear, bold white text.
There are no frills, bells or whistles with this slot, and that’s its main selling point. It’s simple, old-fashioned gambling – complete with the naughty soundtrack! What does set it apart from your typical classic slot is the addition of two special features: the diamond respins, and the bonus wheel.
You can wager up to $50 per spin, or as low as $0.10. As a highly volatile game, the 9 paylines can be unforgiving. However, it only takes one solid win per session to (hopefully) recoup your losses!
Whenever 2, 3 or 4 Deco Diamonds appear on the reels, you get your winnings and a respin with those diamond reels locked in place. If more diamonds appear, you keep spinning until they stop. You could end up with diamonds on every reel, and a nice payout.
Getting 3, 4 or 5 diamonds also unlocks the bonus wheel after your respins. There are 3 levels (Silver, Gold and Diamond) and the more diamonds you land, the higher the wheel level. There’s also a special symbol on the wheel which, if chosen, moves you up a level!
It should go without saying that the higher levels have bigger multipliers and heavier payouts.
If you’re into the all-guns-blazing video slots we’re seeing nowadays, you probably won’t find much time for Deco Diamonds. However, if you’re a fan of the classics, there’s everything to like!