There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills
It’s set in prospecting country, and we find ourselves deep underground as mules whinny and pickaxes clank. Spin the reels and frenetic banjos fill the air. In the background we can see arid desert and cactuses, but underground the reels are filled with special symbols, including pickaxes and shovels and a miner’s lamp.
Payouts are multiplied by stake and range from a 0.8x for six 9s on the reels to 1.75x for six Aces. The miner’s lamp and the mining tools deliver a 2x multiplier when you hit six, while the jolly little miner delivers a maximum 7.5x boost to your winnings when six of him appear across the reels. Finally, there’s the diamond symbol - this is a diamond mine after all - and that pays out 2x for just two symbols all the way up to 50x if you can land six on the reels.
It’s worth explaining how the Megaways system works. The number of ways to win changes with each and every spin go up to a maximum of 117649, and every winning symbol is part of the reaction with symbols either cascading from the top of the reels or from the right of the top row of symbols. All wins are awarded left to right where there are adjacent symbols, whether they’re 1x1 high or stacked. Big Time Gaming have kept the interface nice and simple.
Set your bet from 0.20 coins all the way up to 100.00 if you’re of the high-rolling persuasion - when there are multiplier payouts on offer, the more you stake the bigger the payout - or hit the autoplay symbol to set your autoplay options. When you’re happy with your stake, hit the big spin button and start playin’ pardner!
Diamonds Are a Miner’s Best Friend
There are three special symbols that you’ll want to keep an eye out for in Diamond Mine Megaways: - The Dynamite is the wild in this slot, which means it replaces all other symbols except the sack of gold scatter to create new winning opportunities whenever its appears. - The TNT Barrel is the mystery symbol that can appear at any time on any reel. When they do, they’ll transform into any symbol except the sack of gold scatter to try and help you out with a win - The sack of gold is the scatter symbol in Diamond Mine Megaways and earns you a very decent number of free spins. Land four for 12 free spins, while each extra sack gets you another five free spins, making this a potentially very lucrative feature.
Free Spins Bonanza!
The free spins round is the main feature of Diamond Mine Megaways, and with up to 22 on offer it’s easy to see why. But this slot has a few more surprises up its sleeve when you reach the bonus round. First, the gold sack scatters move off the reels and on to the top of the screen. Land three scatters and enjoy another five free spins. Land four and you’ll add ten extra spins to your tally.
So far so good, but Diamond Mine Megaways hasn’t finished with you yet. Land a cascading win during your free spins and every time you land one you’ll increase the win multiplier by x1 - see what we mean by a lucrative bonus feature? The beauty is those multipliers are theoretically unlimited and will stay on the reels for the rest of your free spins, so the potential to land a huge jackpot is definitely there.
It’s easy to think that Diamond Mine Megaways is just a more polished version of another mining-themed slot - Bonanza. Diamond Mine Megaways offers a better RTP with 96.43% and is a more polished game all in all. In fact, the Megaways engine is cropping up in quite a few games like White Rabbit and Extra Chilli and offers something new for players - Diamond Mine Megaways is definitely bringing something different to the genre. We’re also suckers for the cascading reels feature.
As usual, the cascades keep on coming while winning combinations keep forming, but the TNT barrel adds a nice twist by potentially creating new wins and sets this slot on a different plane to Bonanza. The combination of cascade wins and increasing multipliers is also really well done, giving the bonus round an extra kick. An added bonus for mobile players is that Diamond Mine Megaways can be played on smartphone and tablet because it’s optimised for mobile play using HTML5. That means it plays seamlessly on iOS and Android, so you can enjoy Diamond Mine Megaways in the garden, on the beach and even in the underground!
Diamond in the Rough?
So should you add Diamond Mine Megaways to your favourite free slots at Online Slots NZ? It’s a simple slot but highly enjoyable, so you won’t waste time picking up the gameplay - this really is a slot you can just spin and go. The graphics have a nice cartoon quality and carry the theme through with the bonkers banjo theme, sound effects and gameplay symbols. Cascading reels are always a nice feature, and they’re well used in this game in combination with the mystery symbol in base gameplay and the increasing multiplier in the bonus round.
All in all, Diamond Mine Megaways won’t set the world on fire in terms of gameplay innovation, but we expect to see more games using the Megaways engine to bring some extra pizzazz to their slots.
* Diamond Mine Megaways is a Blueprint Gaming game. The trademark is owned by Blueprint Gaming. Online Slot NZ is not approved by Blueprint Gaming.