African Diamond Slots Machine
Slots from video gaming giant Konami have been available in live casinos for many years. More recently they have been making their way online. African Diamond is part of a mini-series which also includes Full Moon Diamond.
The sparking diamond symbol is used as the wild, creating wins with all of the regular symbols. The game-play for African Diamond is very simple. This is a 30 line slot with a standard 5×3 grid, and a free spins bonus game. Reasons you might choose this game include the doubled wins in the free spins round, and stacked symbols which means wins often come in groups of 3 or more.
You’ll collect regular wins in the standard way, by hitting 3+ consecutive symbols from the left hand side of the reels on any designated win line. There is no particular stand-out combination; the bigger payouts will come when you get a mix of the stacked symbols and wilds, triggering several lines at once. It is possible to get the entire 5×3 grid covered in the same symbol for a big 30 times 5 of a kind payout.
The top paying symbol is the gorilla. This is a full face symbol most of the time, staring at you right out of the reels. When you hit a win with him there is a ‘zoom out’ effect, and he stands up and beats his chest rapidly. This symbol (along with the scatter) pays for 2 of a kind as well as 3. This is just 2 coins, with 25 coins for 3, 100 coins for 4 and the top 1000 coin prize for 5 on a win-line.
Next comes the African warrior at 500 coins for 5, followed by the Toucan and butterfly at 250 for the maximum 5 on a line. Toucans are native to South America and not Africa, though this should not affect your overall enjoyment of this slot!
The sparkling diamond stands out from the other symbols in design and its twisting animation. This will substitute for any of the regular symbols to create wins – though not the map of Africa bonus symbols.
Those bonus symbols are also scatters, having prizes for just 2 and paying 500x your total bet for 5 anywhere on the reels. Hitting 3 or more also triggers the free spins bonus round. 3 gets you 10 spins, 4 gets you 15 spins and 5 gets the maximum 25 spins. When you do hit, your game will be introduced by a very effective 3D animation of the gorillathat pumps his fists onto his chest in front of the reels.
During the bonus the background of the reels will change, showing a very attractive waterfall scene. While you play all wins are doubled from those listed, including the scatters. You can add more spins to your total by hitting 3+ of the map symbols too.
How African Diamond Works
Many Konami slots have unusual reel setups, with uneven rows of symbols on each reel. African Diamond keeps things simple, using a very standard 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols on each setup. There are 30 win lines this time, and you will not be able to choose to lower this number. The minimum spin is set at 2c per line – which is 60c per spin, though it is possible to spin for as much as $60 each time.
There is a contrast between the graphics in the frame of the reels, and the graphics on the reels. The surround is a lush jungle scene with a lot of detail and very rich colors. The symbols by contrast have a plain beige background and look a little more retro in their design. There are small animations which keep the slot interesting while you spin, with the chest pounding gorilla the highlight.
Sound is what lets down all the Konami slots for me. They have a library of electronic tunes and beeps which are used in all of their slots. These don’t fit the theme well at all, and add nothing to the overall experience. The sounds are not so bad as to stop me playing, more of a missed opportunity to improve the games overall.
African Diamond – Conclusion
This is another solid live slot which is now available to play online. There are some great reasons to play, with the combination of stacked symbols and the 2x multiplier for the free spins game being the main one. As long as you can overlook that the Toucan is not an African bird at all, this slot is certainly worth taking for a spin!