Prepare to get your glamour on with the big money fantasy feature available in the Diamond Queen slot machine.
Diamond Queen Slot Features
- Fantasy themed slot machine recalls fairy-tale world
- Awesome cartoon like graphics with twinkling sounds makes for an immersive atmosphere
- Scatter activated bonus with locked wild reels
- Hit the extra spin symbol in the bonus round for more winning possibilities
- Third bonus free spin features chance to hit all twenty pay-outs
Diamond Queen was released by Vegas slot development house IGT in 2012. It is one of a growing number of their slots that embraces the modern processing power available from the home computer and runs with it.
2011 saw a large number of multi-line slots break out of the IGT labs including Kitty Glitter, Cats and a number of Multi-Way Xtra games. Diamond Queen on the other hand, seems to be a hark back to their classic slot stylings with a simple base game and a damn fine bonus.
Many of today’s popular slot machines have something of a fairy-tale theme – think Rainbow Riches – Pots of Gold for instance. Diamond Queen definitely has something of the magical and mystical about it with wizards and treasure adorning the reels.
What it doesn’t do is go to far and shove sticky saccharine symbols down your throat or use story elements to pin the game down. Nicely balanced without the suggestion of knights riding white horses or prince charmings, this is a a title that should go down well with both the slot playing boys and the girls.
The Diamond Queen base-game uses a standard Las Vegas set up. It’s probably the most well-known arrangement out there consisting of a five reel, fifteen stop space, twenty pay-line set up that gives you loads of chances to win. We’ve not done a full pay-table analysis on it either, but after just a quick glance we can say that this is slot is a very good payer.
When it comes to special symbols you’re looking at the Diamond Queen wild, which acts by substituting for other symbols in combinations and the bonus scatter, which pays out a double stake win for two symbols anywhere on the reels and gives access to the feature if you can hit three.
Musically Diamond Queen uses what sounds like a new version of the classic IGT music. This theme will be familiar to players of games like Wolf Run and even newer slots like Cats. However, it’s been re-done with twinkling tones that set it apart from previous incarnations, adding something to the atmosphere and theme of the game.
As we mentioned, you access the special bonus round in Diamond Queen by stopping in three of the Mystical Diamond Bonus scatters, which are only available on the middle three reels. This takes you to a second set of reels, giving you access to the same pay-table that you get in the standard base-game.
Here you get three free spins. This bonus uses what’s known as guaranteed locked wild reels. In the first spin, the second reel is completely wild, in the second spin, reels two and three are wild and in the third spin, all the middle reels are wild.
Needless to say, you’re going to win big on most of these spins. There’s also an additional symbol on the first reel – an extra spin symbol that does what it says – gives you an extra spin at the same level at which the bonus is set when you stop it in.
The only problem here is how much cash did it take you to hit the bonus feature, and have IGT made Diamond Queen a little stingy in the reel game to account for this uber-paying free spin bonanza? This is a criticism that’s often levelled at many a slot machine, and I often feel it’s a little unfair.
You can’t predict where and when the random number generator will give you a bonus, or even a high paying win spin – it’s just going to happen and is really down to luck. As a great man once wrote – playing slots and not believing in luck is like going to church and not believing in god.
Slot Professor Says
In summation where does Diamond Queen sit on my list of greatest slots? It’s certainly no Cleopatra or Rainbow Riches, when compared to the rest of the IGT catalogue, but it definitely has a whole load of charm.
The theme and delivery is bang on – another great looking slot that manages to capture that whole cartoon casino charm that’s been a staple of this genre for many years. When I look at some of the titles out there like Ghostbusters and Tomb Raider – Secret of the Sword, I sometimes think the pudding is being just that little bit over-egged. Diamond Queen on the other hand has that little bit of magic about it and for this reason I’m won over by its charms.
Without question, the best thing about Diamond Queen is the brilliant free spin game. You know you're going to hit here and you know you're going to hit it big. This is a clever take on a formula that IGT are repeating ad infinitum and thus this makes a bit of a refreshing change on their set bonus feature. It's almost impossible to come out of it without a big win, which of course comes with then nice little graphical feature congratulating you on your good luck.